Pussycat Dolls

This slinky collective of scantily clad ladies have gotten everyone from Gwen Stefani to Kelly Osbourne to shake their asses with them. Now, this cabaret sextet led by former Eden's Crush member Nicole Scherzinger, come forth with their debut album. The Pussycat Dolls to say the least are a little late. If this were 1998, the Dolls' r&b tinged Vegas sleaze pop would no doubt be at the top of the charts, right next to Destiny's Child and The Spice Girls. Unfortunately, in 2005 the Dolls are less than purrfect. (Sorry, it had to be done.) They cover Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" and well, taint it. A version of Herbie Mann's "Right Now" is stuck at the border of cheesy and cheesecake. But the cheese factor is spared with summer anthem "Don't Cha" featuring Busta Rhymes, a flirty dance track reminiscent of 80's sensations Klymaxx and Vanity 6. On "Beep", will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas beefs up this naughty number with his freestyles. There's even a faux-female empowerment song, "I Don't Need a Man", a disco flavored rouser, the anti-"It's Raining Men". The Pussycat Dolls have come a long way since their humble beginnings at the Viper Room in Hollywood. But in an era dominated by Coldplay and Kanye, the Dolls' survival rate is slim to none. Unless of course, you wanna party like it's 1998.

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