The first of my album reviews this week is the new album “PCD” by The Pussycat Dolls, which was released on September 13th. Like most people, their first single “Don’t Cha” featuring Busta Rhymes was my first exposure to the group and I became hooked. As you can learn at Wikipedia though, the all-girl group actually has a very interesting history:
The Pussycat Dolls are a female burlesque dance troupe based in Los Angeles, as well as in Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The group was founded by choreographer Robin Antin in 1993.
A number of celebrities have also guest-performed with the group. The dancers perform in lingerie and old-fashioned pin-up costumes and there is no nudity or explicit sex in their performances. The group has become nationally popular and has been featured in magazines, television specials for MTV and VH1, ad campaigns, and movies. Carmen Electra has been the group’s lead performer for many of these magazine articles and television appearances, and she has been featured on stage with the Pussycat Dolls most frequently of all the celebrity performers. Nicole Scherzinger (aka Nicole Kea), a former member of the American Popstars winners Eden’s Crush, has now become the group’s lead singer. Other past and present members of the group include Carmit Bachar, Cyia Batten, Kasey Campbell, Kaya Jones, Ashley Roberts, Rachel Sterling, Jessica Sutta, Melody Thornton, and Kimberly Wyatt
The list of celebrities who have performed with the group is quite impressive. So that’s the group – what about the album?
Well I can honestly say I quite enjoyed PCD; I’m still enjoying it, in fact. Stand out songs for me include “Don’t Cha”, “Beep” which features BEP’s Will.i.am, “Tainted Love/Where Did Our Love Go” which is a cover medley, and “Wait a Minute” which features Timbaland. The first single is definitely catchy, but the other songs on the album offer much more depth (and a greater variety of voices). There’s even a pretty good slow song, called “Feelin’ Good”. “Stickwitu” is another slower tune. I would have to say “Right Now” is the song I least enjoyed – it just gets kind of annoying after a while.
I’d give the album a solid 7/10. It’s a typical record label album, with only 12 tracks for a total listening time of just over 44 minutes. There are more enjoyable songs than not though, so it’s definitely an album you can listen to from start to finish without getting bored. And have you seen the video? I mean, that’s enough for me!
The Pussycat Dolls also have one of my favorite music websites. The design is clean, and simple to navigate. Most importantly, they publish both RSS and Atom feeds so you can keep up to date on the group without having to go online. I wish more music sites had that. The site does use flash, but not in a way that makes the site unusable, so I don’t mind it in this case. The best part of the website – they don’t have music playing automatically when you visit! That is the worst feature on most music sites.
Read: The Pussycat Dolls