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5.0 out of 5 stars It's pop, but not as we know it, 21 Oct. 2009
This review is from: 3 Words (Audio CD)
When I heard the 30 second song snippets on the album sampler I thought, hmm these all sound repetitive and kind of boring. Having heard the whole thing now, I can safely say I was very very wrong.

Revered and popularised to the point of over-saturation thanks to the X Factor, the backlash against Cheryl Cole has begun in earnest as before anyone had even heard a note of this album the accusations of "she can't sing" and "auto-tuned to oblivion" flooded the internet.

First off, this is not really an RnB album as had been hyped. I mean, there's definitely some RnB flavour going on, but it's mixed in with dancey-pop and is no worse off for it.

The auto-tune argument is a bit pointless, given how prevalent it is nowadays- see Madonna, Kanye West, Britney, and Lady GaGa. Cheryl Cole is never going to be a big-note diva a la Leona Lewis, Beyonce etc. But to criticise her for this would be missing the point. She definitely sounds like a human being throughout though, no overdone Cher-style robot vocals to be found.

As an album, 3 Words is about beats, grooves and catchy tunes. And there's loads of them (9 great ones out of 11) in an album that packs a nice punch at 44 minutes and never outstays its welcome.

Highlights for me are the eerily sparse title track, which kicks in with a nice bit of bass, Heaven, with all it's bells, and 50s style opener, and first single Fight For This Love.

But the whole thing is so damn catchy it's actually hard to pick a favourite. I suspect it will change the more I listen to it. Happy Hour is a quirky sassy tune with a chorus that, somewhat ironically, sounds like it could have come off a Lily Allen record. And while there's no out-and-out ballad on offer, Don't Talk About This Love is probably the mellowest of all the tracks, exuding the kind of chilled out lushness reminiscent of Gwen Stefani's "Cool".

The only song I'm not keen on is Boy Like You, which sounds like they took a bunch of different mixes and spliced them together, not bothering to actually finish the job.

And given that Cheryl is practically a backing vocalist on Heartbreaker, it seems a slightly inauspicious way to end her debut. True, Will.I.am helped pen a lot of the album, but it's a bit over-generous to give him essentially his own track on the thing.

Anyway, to sum up, half of these tunes are suited to getting ready for your night out, the other half you could be hearing in the club. And it gets better with every listen.
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Initial post: 11 Dec 2009, 12:02:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Dec 2009, 13:51:04 GMT
ALVARO says:
sharon and tracy get it here,or try capital radio.Utter trash!
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