Friday, March 18, 2011

ALBUM REVIEW: Nicole Scherzinger's "Killer Love"

It has taken what feels like an eternity—for Nicole anyway—for this former Pussycat Doll's debut to hit the cyber shelves. She started recording in 2005, and the album was supposed to be released in 2007. But after several false starts, it's finally here. And so is the reason it took so long. While Scherzinger may have proven to have the best vocals in her group, she isn't that much of a songwriter.

Although, she did co-write one of the two tracks worth listening to on the album, "AmenJena." It's on tracks like these that it becomes obvious that under the right management she could have Leona Lewis-levels of respect in the industry, instead of only just being hot enough to be featured in a photo book of butts funded by Diddy.

I'd also recommend another ballad, "You Will Be Loved." (Her hidden talent for yodeling is featured in the beginning.) I'm very pro-ballads when it comes to her, because the club songs on the album aren't really produced very well, even with the assistance of Enrique Iglesias ("Heartbeat"), who has become the King of Latin Pop lately with the help of Pitbull and the "Jersey Shore" cast. Plus, the fire that once ignited her club songs were derived from the girl power vibe that the group emulated. Without her fellow Dolls on backup, she falls flat.

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