Nicole Scherzinger just cannot catch a break this decade. For some reason, whenever she releases a solo album under the name ‘Pussycat Dolls’ it’s a hit, but should she try to release it under her own name it just doesn’t work like it ought to. You know she basically sang everything on ‘PCD’ right?
Anyways. ‘Big Fat Lie’. What’s there to say? The two singles were a bit disappointing, yes?
‘Your Love’ starts off sounding a bit 1990s (in a good way) but then Nicole’s strange vocals on the verses make our ears swell, whilst ‘On The Rocks’ sounds like a Cheryl Cole reject. Clearly stealing her job on ‘X Factor USA’ wasn’t vindictive enough for Nicole.
Elsewhere, we’re digging the minimalism on ‘Heartbreaker’ and the electro R&B of ‘God Of War’. We especially like ‘Girl With A Diamond Heart’ that has a piano-led bit that Mariah would kill for. It’s basically the most Pussycat Dolls-sounding of the songs on here, making it an obvious standout.
At this point, we should also give props to Nicole and co. for only using the one production team (The Dream and Tricky Stewart for those who are wondering) to give her album a consistent sound, but the drawback of that is that some tracks are clear leftovers. We’re looking at you ‘First Time’ with all of its Rihanna-isms.
Lyrically speaking, it’s the usual love and bedroom-time songs here, besides from the title track.
The title track is hard-hitting with its words, but Nicole’s vocals sound so void of emotion during the chorus that the effect of almost-rhymes such as ‘I’m never alone, I’m so famous, but still I’m prescribed pills to make it painless’ falls flat.
Better is closing track ‘Run’, where Nicole is kept company by piano and strings to let her voice do all the heavy lifting, which it does with ease.
To conclude this review, we figure it’s best to paraphrase lyrics from ‘Run’… “Here’s some advice for the next one…”. Hire four backing singer/dancers and rename yourselves Pussycat Dolls… we hear Mutya Keisha Siobhan might be available…
Download : Girl With A Diamond Heart, Run.