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PCD - The Pussycat Dolls
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PCD - The Pussycat Dolls
Advantages: Modern lyrics, great tracks, upbeat, optimistic.
Disadvantages: Some very poor remakes of older songs.
Nicole is the lead singer of the group and has sung in the past with American rock band Days of the New. She also played her part in the group Eden’s Crush which won the American Popstars back in 2001. Kimberly is the best dancer in the group and apparently the shyest of all the girls, in the past she’s danced in numerous music videos including those of Nsync and also Nick Lachey. Melody comes from a musical background with all her family having played a part in the show biz world at some point with her father being a blues guitarist and her mother a folklore dancer. Ashley started out dancing when she was just 3 and since then has appeared in a Counting Crows video and also played her part as a Marilyn Monroe look-alike too. Carmit is the classic red head of the group and played the famous part of the girl in Ricky Martin’s Livin La Vida Loca video. Lastly is Jessica who always wanted to be a famous ballerina and appeared in the series Ocean Avenue and the film Bully too. So as you can see we have a group of talented girls who have already had their fair experience of stardom!
The first track up is “Don’t Cha” which was a collaboration with Busta Rhymes which is a catchy and very funky tune. It’s your classic mix of dance and r n b that makes it impossibly not to appear on the play list of the majority of clubs and gives a huge influx of energy. It’s got quite a raunchy feel to it with an underlying beat, Nicole is the main singer on this track and her voice is undeniably sexy. Busta Rhymes appears towards the end with his verse, it’s funky and typical of his style and makes for a brilliant ending to the track. It’s one of those tunes that will have you up, dancing and swinging your hips along to it. “Fight the feeling, leave it alone, cos if it ain’t love it just ain’t enough to leave a happy home,” are an example of the lyrics which are typically about cheating and wanting another girl. The next track up on the album is “Beep” which begins with an almost opera sounding opening before turning into a combination of hip hop and electro. The opening is a rap by none other than Will.I.Am of The Black Eyed Peas. It’s quite an irritating song if I’m honest as it basically gets it’s title from the fact that “beeps” do actually appear in the song to blank out rude words which appear frequently. Makes it rather hard to sing along to! “Wait A Minute” is the third track on the album and is again a catchy, optimistic and upbeat track. Timberland features on this song and provides one of the best collaborations on the album in my opinion. The lyrics of all the tracks are incredibly honest and surprisingly easy to relate to, this particular one is about men who mess women around and except the woman to just sit back and take it, “Wait a minute boy, why you tripping like that, you think cos you’re tripping you’ll get it just like that.” Again it’s a track that will no doubt feature heavily within bars and clubs once it’s released and due to the energised and quirky feel it gives, it’s sure to be a hit.
The mood of the album then changes with the fourth track which is the second single to be taken from the album, “StickWitU” which is currently in the UK charts at position 12. It’s much softer and smoother than the previous tracks, something much more typical of Destiny’s Child than the previous tracks. It shows the pure beauty of lead singer Nicole’s voice, it soars effortlessly and is angelic in feeling. “Want you to know that you’re the only one for me, nobody gonna love me better, I must stickwitu forever,” it’s a classic love song but for once it’s not solely based on sentiment and the sicky sweet thoughts of love. It’s a refreshing, innovative and modern love song and one of my favourite tracks on the album. If you’re currently single, like me, probably not the best song to listen to if you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps though! “Buttons” takes the mood of the album back to the former songs with an almost Arabian/Indian feel to the opening of this track. “You say you’re a big boy but I can’t agree, cos the love you said you had ain’t been put on me,” it’s quite a raunchy track with equally sexual lyrics (and the ones I’ve chosen aren’t the worst) but the youth of today are bound to love it!
The sixth song on the album is “I Don’t Need A Man” and again retains the sexy feel to it as well as being the classic girl power song. It almost sounds like a more mature and meaningful Spice Girls song in the lyrics department mixed with a classic Destiny’s Child track, “The more you try the less I bite and I don’t have to think it through, I don’t need a man to make it happen, I get off being free, I don’t need a man to make me feel good.” It’s similar in a sense to Destiny’s Child “Independent Woman” track and I feel that the message it’s trying to portray is identical. There’s still something appealing though, it’s not your classic girl power track but it’s also an easy listening pop track which anyone would enjoy. The Pussycat Dolls have done something slightly different with their first album, rather than it containing all fresh material they’ve also included a few remixes of well known tracks. In my experience they’re either a hit or a miss, there’s no in-between ground as it will always be compared to the original. The first remix comes in at spot 7 on the album and is a remix of “Hot Stuff” which was originally sung my disco diva Donna Summer. It’s almost mixed the original with something that we’d expect of Kylie with her electro sounding beats and sadly it fails to improve the track at all. It’s positively cringe-worthy, but on the upside they have made the track their own and it’s practically unrecognisable in beat and tune from the original.
“How Many Times, How Many Lies” is the second slower ballad sounding track on the album which features at number 8. “How many times, how many lies, how long you been sneaking, how long you been creeping around,” it’s all about being cheated on which is rather stark in contrast to the overall meaning of the first track which is almost encouraging cheating! It’s quite sultry at the same time as dealing with a hurtful topic but like the fourth track on the album (the love song) it’s not all doom and gloom as most hurtful love songs are. There’s an element of liveliness and optimism at the end of this track which makes a refreshing change. “Bite The Dust” is catchy and fast paced track that has unusually honest lyrics at the same time, “Ooh, sugar I got him I got 20/20 vision, I can see that you want my man, Ooh, sugar I got him, cos it’s my job to make you understand.” It’s another classic song about cheating, almost a reply in a sense to the first track on the album. It would have been interesting to hear the two tracks played one after the other in a sort of question/answer play back.
“Right Now” has a really odd feel to it and seems like it should belong on the stage of a theatre, its classic cabaret mixed with jazz sounding. It sounds a little out of place on this album and doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the tracks or the mood at all. Possibly one that will end up being skipped by a lot of people when listening to this album as it just doesn’t live up to the expectations created by the previous tracks. The next remake up is that of the classic “Tainted Love” which was full of soul and passion back in the 60’s when it was originally released. However this track sounds incredibly similar to the old one, but arguably not as good and lacking of the energy and buzz that the first one evoked. “Feelin Good” is the twelfth track on the album and yet another remake, unusual for a debut album to feature them so heavily really. It’s got a sultrier feel to it than the original but once again I don’t think it sounds particularly differentiated from the original. Another remake is up next by the name of “Sway” which featured on the Let’s Dance soundtrack. It almost sounds as if Nicole has got a cold while singing this; perhaps as she was trying to deepen her voice to fit in with the song I’m not sure. Again it lacks a certain Latino beat that the original had and although it’s good, it’s just not good enough to ward off comparisons. The final track on the album is “We Went As Far As We Felt Like Going” which is off the Shark Tale soundtrack. It reverts back to the fact paced and upbeat feel of the earlier album tracks and has a quirky, jumpy feel to it. After hearing the first few tracks on the album I wouldn’t have thought this group would have been your classic Disney film soundtrack group but apparently not. This isn’t really one of my favourite songs on the album but has some good lyrics and a Christina Aguilera feel to it as well.
So are the group a success? Well, their first single went in at number one and they’ve already had their fair share of awards including winning Best Video for Don’t Cha on the Smash Hits 2005 poll. I personally think this album is really good, a rare talent among somewhat stagnant groups that appear to be just reeling out songs that all sound the same. There’s a great mixture of slower ballads, upbeat dance tracks and some remixes that all add a bit of variety to the album. The lyrics are surprisingly honest and portray a sense of modernity that’s often lacking in typical love songs these days. I think this album is going to be a hugely popular stocking filler this Christmas and rightly so! Four stars for me, would have got five except for the rather poor remixes they’ve included here.
Summary: The debut album from new girl group The Pussycat Dolls.