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Not bad at all
on 28 June 2005
Considering she's loud-mouthed, aggressive, too rich by half, inexplicably hates Christina Aguilera and only sings in tune about 30% of the time, Kelly Osborne has managed to make rather a good pop record.
Possibly a case of 'daddy, please buy me a hit album', ubiquitous big-haired hit-maker Linda Perry has been drafted in to do her thing, and it's her sure touch (even if most of the output is phoned in compared to some of her other brood) that ensures Sleeping in the Nothing remains bouncy and listenable all the way through.
It isn't entirely great however. Don't Touch Me Whilst I'm Sleeping is completely bonkers, a revenge song on a date rapist. Whilst Kelly's spirit and defiance on this issue are admirable, the 'issue song' nature of it makes it completely ridiculous. And the bonus track remix of One Word is too fast, removing the vaguely threatening nature of the original mix.
Good stuff is much more plentiful however. The aforementioned One Word is really effective, camper than Christmas and extremely catchy. Uh Oh, Redlight and Suburbia all hit the right 80s synth buttons too, and the remaining tracks are by no means bad.
All in all, better than was probably expected. She's also no worse than Madonna on her first couple of albums, which is worth bearing in mind for the future!