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Simon Cowell's First Love
Toy Boy - Sinitta
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Toy Boy - Sinitta
Advantages: some ok ones
Disadvantages: doddgy remakes
Poor old Sinitta, if she was still releasing music then she could well be the Alexandra Burke or Beyonce of her age group. She has to content herself with being Simon Cowell's aide these days and doing the odd PA here and there. Last week, she was singing at a nightclub in Birmingham!
This album is what you would call unofficial, in that a lot of the tracks have been rearranged and remixed. Whether this is because they couldn't get the rights to the original works, I do not know, but be warned, approach it with caution!
The title song is a great pop track. 'Toy Boy' is all about Sinitta bragging about her young love and how he gets everyones attention. It is obviously alright for a woman for sing about this, but imagine if had been the other way round! Imagine Cliff singing about his schoolgirl sweetheart...
One of my favourite songs is 'Cross My Broken Haert' which has such a bright and enthused chorus about keeping love secrets. It is the kind of song that teenage girls would sing to themselves in the school playground and it's all very cute and innocent. Sinitta's vocals are sincere and although not very strong, they suit the style of the song really well.
'Cruising' is quite a good old romp too, an upbeat and enthusiastic vocal lift the song, though it does sound quite dated and the lyrical content could raise an eyebrow if you take it in the wrong sense! Sinitta brings a lusty charm to the vocal and it sums up the eighties wonderfully.
The album does have the odd cover version, I cite her take on 'You Can't Hurry Love.' Harmless enough, though lacking the oomph of the original. I don't think her vocal carries enough soul to deliver this one. Sinitta is in safe territory when she is doing outright pop tracks and this is where the album excels.
In terms of value for money it is dirt cheap at three quid, but I would plump for an official best of by her if you want the single versions, as these remakes don't quite have the sparkle. And that cover artwork? What IS she wearing!