In 1998 a 15 year old female singer named Billie Piper took the UK's music scene by storm with her hit single 'Because We Want To'. When the contagious pop song made it to the number one spot on the charts, it made Piper the youngest solo artist to reach … see full wiki
Yes, I'm a "Doctor Who" fan and, yes, I didn't know a thing about Billie Piper until I saw her take off in the TARDIS with Christopher Eccleston as Rose Tyler. Still, her acting skills and (let's be honest here) her looks interested me enough to seek out all things Billie. What I found was a surprisingly good pop singing career that appears to have burned out all too quickly. I don't consider myself a huge pop music fan, but I do enjoy some of it. I like the old stuff I grew up with in the 80's, as well as a few artists that my daughter listens to. She has me listening to bubblegummers like Ashley Tisdale, Miley Cyrus, and Everlife. She's also a "Who" fan like me and absolutely adores Rose Tyler. With this in mind, I nabbed "The Best of Billie" hoping to somehow tie these two interests together. It worked.
Piper's music, like most pop, is easily digestable. It isn't quite as forgettable as some of her contemporaries though. The album opens up with the very Spice Girl sounding tunes "Because We Want To" and "Girlfriend." Although I like "Girlfriend," "Because We Want To" does grate my nerves a bit. It's definitely a tune for the younger set, and my daughter loves to sing along with it. The real gems on this album for me are "Tide Is High" (which my daughter has dubbed her favorite), "Day & Night," "First Love" and "Walk of Life." My personal favorite is the soul-lite popper, "Honey To The Bee." I can honestly say that this album sounds better each time I listen to it. That's a rare thing for me to say about a pop album.
I do hope that Billie decides to make another album somewhere down the line. She appears to have survived her teen pop star years unscathed, and definitely increased her popularity (at least among us geeks) when she stepped out of the blue police call box. I recommend this album to pop and dance fans as well as anybody who's interested in Billie's career outside of acting.