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Genre: Pop / Artist: Danity Kane / Import / Audio CD released 2006-08-28 at Bad Boy

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      19.03.2008 17:34
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      A girl band to be proud of.

      * NOT GIRLS ALOUD
      Hunger for fame has lead to so many second rate acts, and you will not be surprised to know that even America has churned out acts through reality television that think they can sing. We're not talking the ninth season of American Idol here, we're talking the R&B alternative in 'Making The Band 3'. Judged by P Diddy, the contestants of this show are singing in the hope of being signed to the Bad Boy record label as the next female super group.

      Danity Kane are no Spice Girls however, and whilst their self titled debut album had huge success upon its 2006 release, knocking Christina Aguilera off the top of the billboard 200, their popularity has been limited to the 'States off the back of their reality television series and they have not been able to make any sort of impact in the UK although having their video of debut single 'Showstopper' featured on British music channels.
      * SHANNON, AUNDREA, DAWN, AUBREY & D.WOODS

      01, One Shot (3.41)
      02, Heartbreaker (3.03)
      03, Want It (3.22)
      04, Right Now (3.32)
      05, Showstopper ft. Yung Joc (3.49)
      06, Hold Me Down (3.56)
      07, Come Over (Interlude) (1.44)
      08, Ooh Ahh (2.51)
      09, Press Pause (3.12)
      10, Ain't True (Interlude) (1.34)
      11, Ride For You (4.11)
      12, Touching My Body (3.42)
      13, Back Up (3.25)
      14, Stay With Me (3.54)
      15, Sleep On It (3.23)

      Standing by the theory that if you give the audiance enough tracks they'll buy into it obviously worked, as the album is jampacked with tracks. Beginning with 'One Shot' was perhaps not a touch of genius, but well worked out, as it sums up well the five girls journey of how this was their one shot to prove that they could make the group. The album then goes slow for a couple of tracks, before coming back hard with 'Showstopper', which if you had heard around the time it was holding up American airwaves, you will know how huge of a track it is. The single was also great exposure for Yung Joc, who was up and coming at the time, as well as their being remixes of the track featuring a verse from mentor, P Diddy.
      From there, Danity Kane isn't afraid to following up a dance record with some sexy intro vocals to 'Hold Me Down'. The track is quite a strong female sounding record, which seems to be the opposite of the meaning of the song in terms of a males positive hold on a woman. A quarter of the way through the album though you maybe feeling that lyrically Danity Kane aren't anything special in terms of them not ranging from the words 'baby' and 'stick with you'. So far there has also been a lack of large vocal moments, perhaps playing into the theory that if the group looks good together it doesn't matter if they perform mediocre.

      Interludes work perfectly, and it's the best level I have listened to interludes at since Future Sex/Love Sounds, but then again I haven't listened to an album with interludes since then. 'Press Pause' is the most upbeat track so far as you pass the half way point of the record, and is no doubt inspired by the fact that P Diddy's album released around the same time was entitled 'Press Play'. Second single 'Ride For You' is probably one of the most underestimated tracks of all time in my opinion, as if it had been recorded by anyone other than Danity Kane it would have more than likely been an absolutely huge success. A very grown-up track, that proves Danity Kane would be the older sibling if they were related to the other female power group in American music, Pussycat Dolls.
      * WHAT'S NEXT?

      Unlike other acts, Danity Kane did not feel the need to completely rip their album apart by releasing the rest of the single material on the album, perhaps this was due to an underwhelming reception to their second single does not really matter - there were other tracks the group could have hit back with, including 'Touching My Body' and 'Stay with Me'. A group that clearly can sing due to their success in the competition, and are not afraid to be both sexual and sensitive, if this group has international star power whilst are they being kept underwraps? Perhaps the group cannot cut it on their own, and interestingly the decision has been made to try and give the group even more publicity by making 'Making The Band 4: Battle of the Bands' as it will feature Danity Kane recording their second album whilst Day 26, a five piece male group, will be recording their debut album.
      'Welcome to the Dollhouse' already has a confirmed first release single, that was decided by fans on an internet poll. 'Damaged' is a fresh sound from the group and if they are hoping to get some international recognition they are going to have to progress from the things that they did right on their debut.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 One Shot
      2 Heartbreaker
      3 Want It
      4 Right Now
      5 Show Stopper
      6 Hold Me Down
      7 Come Over Interlude
      8 Ooh Ahh
      9 Press Pause
      10 Ain't True Interlude
      11 Ride for You
      12 Touching My Body
      13 Back Up
      14 Stay with Me