Artist: Pussycat Dolls
Album: Doll Domination: The Mini Collection
Featured Guests: A.R. Rahman, Missy Elliott
Release Date: 24 April 2009 (IRL), 27 April 2009 (UK)
Genre: World music, dance pop, electropop, R&B, alternative hip hop, bhangra music, pop rap, pop ballad
Peak Position: 9 (UK), TBA (IRL)
Strongest Track: Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)
Weakest Track: Whatcha Think About That
TRACK BY TRACK:
1. JAI HO! (YOU ARE MY DESTINY) (with A.R. Rahman)
A thumping, international track from the Dolls’ with whispery hypnotic vocals from Nicole Scherzinger.
2. WHEN I GROW UP
A hyperactive electropop track, perfect for making that gruelling excercise regime fun!
3. WHATCHA THINK ABOUT THAT (featuring Missy Elliott)
Despite a slick bhangra sound and a catchy rap from Missy Elliott, this still doesn’t stop this song from being rather bland and boring.
4. PAINTED WINDOWS
Another electropop tune that sounds like a weaker cousin of Rihanna’s Disturbia.
5. I HATE THIS PART
An emotional and heartfelt ballad which really shows of Nicole’s powerhouse vocals.
6. HUSH HUSH; HUSH HUSH
A remixed album only track that starts off as a ballad before turning into an ’80s style empowerment anthem that samples Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive.
Ah Deluxe Editions and re-issues! Music artists (and their managment) sure do love ’em! Yes, add an extra three or so hit tracks to an an album and there you go, you sell more and more units. However, PCD’s managment seem to be more kind than the managment behind Rihanna, Chris Brown and Duffy who basically re-released heir album with a few new tracks and bonus features if they were bothered. But we are in difficult economic times and rather than re -release the whole Doll Domination album all over again, instead we in the UK and Ireland get the four singles released here plus two new songs at a cheap and cheerful price.
This is a good decision because in the digital age we live in, one could easily download the 3 songs that don’t appear on the original album. However, giving us 6 fantastically produced and brilliantly catchy pop songs all for a small price of €3, this a fantastic buy without the boring filler tracks on the original album.