Thursday, October 29, 2009
Album Review: Cheryl Cole - 3 Words (2/5)
Cheryl Cole has such a reptuable celebrity status--she's part of Britain's biggest girl band, she's a judge on Britain's talent show and we all love her. Her first album could have been something spectacular, maybe straying from the same vein as the work she's done with Girls Aloud--she doesn't have the best set of vocals but in today's pop music who needs to sound like Whitney or Mariah.
So Cheryl's first album, 3 Words, isn't terrible it's just uninspired and un-original. She switches up her pop past for a more frothy light R&B venture, which is ultimately the drive behind nearly all the songs on here, which leaves little distinction between the tracks. There's the good but could be better like the drum driven, "Parachute," which isn't bad--I like the melody, but it finds little vocal variation making it sound flat throughout. The piano key and bass laden "Happy Hour," which could have used a more forceful chorus to compliment its solid verses. Then there's the missable, such as "Don't Talk About This Love," is the albums slowest song and its most boring. "Make Me Cry," which as nice Kylie Minogue-esque sound, but the repetitve chorus isn't as effective as it could have been, but the cool retro vibe gives some diversity to the album. Electronic studded, "Boy Like You," is fun and upbeat, but maybe is more Lady GaGa than Cheryl, she sounds very akward.
I'm probably being too harsh, but I just can't get into it--the album needs a whole lot of bulking up, but there are a couple tracks I do like though. Title track, "3 Words," with Will.I.Am is pretty good. Lead single, "Fight for This Love," firey "Stand Up," and horn studded, "Rain On Me," are pretty good too, possibly the only moments where Cole shows true artistry, maybe not so much on "Fight for This Love," but definately on the others.
I'm maintaing hope that it might grow on me, but for the meantime, 3 Words, is sounding pretty lackluster. It reminds me of Victoria Beckham's first album, where she did the same thing, switching up pop or light R&B, only it didn't receive commercial success which is one of the perks of Cheryl Cole's career right now, whether anyone else thinks, 3 Words is a masterpiece or lackluster, it will sell regardless.
Best: 3 Words, Fight for This Love, Stand Up, Rain On Me