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Released: 12th September 2005.

Pussycat Dolls - PCDRather than cloning every aspect of a successful urban female group, the creators of the Pussycat Dolls went for a fresher approach.

First of all, not all of them sing, some just dance (albeit you can't hear that on the album). With many faces of Nicole Sherzinger's lead vocals, the band's sound is consistent, yet quirky.

Secondly, the content is not quite as clean as you might expect. From a blanked out "F" word in the provocative No. 1 single, "Don't Cha", to the downright naughty "Beep", the Dolls spell out what Destiny's Child wouldn't dream of alluring to.

Finally, the spectrum of the musical directions makes this affair a highly interesting one. "Don't Cha" delivers the hot beats of the moment, "Buttons" reaches out to Eastern influences, but listen on and you'll venture into a standards territory, with "Feelin' Good" as a clear highlight.

Does the original approach pay off? There surely must be an element of genius in blending "Tainted Love" with The Supreme's classic "Where Did Our Love Go" - a welcome proof that the unpredictable does exist.

* * * * (Aneta Janssen)

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