Leaving a girlband to stamp out your own solo career can be a bit like leaving home for the first time. You’re excited, but nervous. Eager, but unsure. Will the world accept you for who you are? Do you even know who you are yet, or will the next few months decide? Did your mum say that socks could go in the same wash as towels?
NO! Towels need a longer spin cycle.
Faced with these questions, wobbly legged girl banders stumble out of the nest and either surprise everyone by flying gracefully away on a wind of amazingness (Nicola Roberts), or end up in a mangled splat at the bottom of the tree, with only piss poor decision making and lack of effort to blame (Nadine Coyle). For every Melanie C (amazing debut album), there’s a Melanie B (no amazing albums. Ever.)
And now, after a bit of a wobbly start, here comes Nicole Scherzinger flying in the jet stream of Red One and looking like she could do a triple spin dive without even breaking a sweat .Her debut album ‘Killer Love’ is actually kind of amazing at times, and manages to pleasantly surprise. The direction she’s taken seems to have been the key factor.
Her first few efforts were safe/lacklustre R & B ballads with little of the fiery character or personality which she recently demonstrated as a guest judge on X Factor UK, but the first two singles ‘Poison’ and ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath’ had an electro pounding vitality which just seemed to click with Nicole as an artist. She’s managed to create an album which syncs with her personality, establishes her sound as an artist and surprises in all the right ways.
My favourite track is probably the teknoclub style Club Banger Nation (along with a big soft spot for Desperate), but since I’m also a ridiculously huge Sound Of Arrows fan I’ve included their superb remix of Right There.
Get The Sound of Arrows on the phone Nadine! They’ll make everything right again.