This review has been written on request from thespiritwarrior of the BBC Chart Blog. Enjoy!
- Song: Wouldn’t You
- Artist: N-Dubz
- Album: Uncle B
- Release Date: 29 May 2009 (IRE), 1 June 2009 (UK)
- Genre: British hip hop, R&B
- Peak Position: TBA (IRE), 64 (UK)
SONG REVIEW: They may have recently topped both the UK and Irish Singles Chart alongside ‘Prince Of Grime’ Tinchy Stryder recently but N-Dubz as a whole have yet to achieve that all important breakthrough hit. Despite gaining legions of fans (including myself), releasing seven singles and setting forth the poppy Strong Again a while back, could Wouldn’t You give N-Dubz the commercial success they deserve?
Well, sadly no! You see Fazer and Co. have released a very typical, fan-friendly single. According to Dappy himself, Wouldn’t You became the group’s seventh release from debut album Uncle B because fans at their various concerts always go a little crazy when they hear this song. And to be honest, yes it is a nice little mid-tempo R&B tune with Dappy’s trademark “na na nai” and the stereotypical strings and subtle synths. It’s even entertaining to hear Dappy and Tulisa argue back and forth with each other when it comes up to the chorus. So why aren’t N-Dubz on to a winner?
Well it simply happens somewhere near the end of the song when suddenly the synths pick up and the question on everyone’s lips is…are N-Dubz about to go rave?! And then suddenly the synths calm down again and Tulisa goes back to crooning and Dappy goes back to saying “na-na-nai” and then there’s a huge dropin excitement and I’m left there thinking “Is that it?!”
And so there we have it! While Wouldn’t You isn’t a bad song, a bit more life and excitement in it could have made this huge. Still, if you like N-Dubz so far then you won’t be disappointed by this latest offering from the group. 3/5
VIDEO REVIEW: The video is entertaining enough. Tulisa is playing a sort of higher class type of lady while Dappy assumes the role of a dirty grease monkey. So it’s sort of an uptown girl scenario is it? Well yes and know…ummm it’s actually quite hard to tell, the lyrics are bit confusing. Is Dappy flirting with his cousin Tulisa? Surely not! Anyway each of the three members have there own love interests. Dappy is checking out a friend of Tulisa while Tulisa is having an affair with her bodyguard! Oooh juicy!
Meanwhile, in a completely different scenario Fazer seems to be a gardener/rapper, possibly for Tulisa, who’s catching the eye of another rich girl. The video ends with the group standing together, Tulisa looking very sexy in a tight top and Fazer and Dappy impress us all with their slightly ridiculous dance moves. Anyway I think I’ve made a big enough mess of this review so why don’t you watch the video below. It’s a good video, okay! 4/5