Confession time: I can’t stand Nadine Coyle. From her annoying LA/Derry hybrid accent to the tabloid stories that the other members of Girls Aloud can’t stand her, and her refusing to appear on various shows like Ghost Hunting and The Passions Of Girls Aloud. It has always struck me that Nadine takes herself far too seriously, and has never managed to have the relationship with the press that the rest of her bandmates have had.
However, there’s a discernible buzz surrounding Nadine’s solo debut. It may be that pop watchers are curious to see if any of the other Girls Aloud can match Cheryl Cole’s solo sales. If anyone can – grudgingly – it’ll be Nadine.
And her solo single Insatiable is a damned good first try. It’s not remotely as pretentious as the stuff Cheryl’s been thrusting at us. It’s a straightforward pop song, with a touch of rock and raunch that lifts it out of the ordinary. It also shows an impressive set of pipes from Miss Coyle, that we haven’t heard since Girls Aloud went into hibernation. I’d forgotten what a strong vocalist she is.
The video’s a bit too Nadine-centric for a girl who has the most stick-thin legs in pop. Seriously, go and eat something unhealthy and fatten those pins up. It has a subtle Addicted To Love vibe to it, with Nadine rocking out in front of a band, after she’s done some solo posturing. Can’t say the video’s particularly interesting. And a note to whoever produces her next video – do not make her do the starey-eyed thing. It makes her look psychotic.
If nothing else, it’s got our attention. I don’t think it’s either fair or possible to make comparisons to her bandmate, because they’re both attracting different parts of the market. I’ll hark back to my first point though – in order for this to do well, Nadine needs to engage a little better with the public. I doubt I’m the only one who thinks she’s a tad full of herself. If that’s the popular opinion, it may hit sales.