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THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS - PCD - UNIVERSAL
Record Rating: ****

The Pussycat Dolls - PCD - Universal The Pussycat Dolls began as a burlesque dance revue based in Los Angeles a decade ago, quickly growing into an A list phenomena. The troupe began attracting a number of celebrities who wanted to become a Pussycat Doll just for a night. Christina Aguilera, Pamela Anderson, Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani and Carmen Electra all have donned lingerie and pin-up costumes and joined the Dolls on stage for their flirtatious shows.

An appearance in the movie Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle brought nationwide attention and set the ball rolling for their own record deal. With a new lead singer (Nicole of former pop act Eden’s Crush) and help from the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am and producer Timbaland, PCD is a big-budget full-length debut album that should blaze up the nightclubs for a while. 2005 could be summed up in 4 minutes and 31 seconds with their first single: Don't Cha. Featuring rapper Busta Rhymes, the track charmed its way to the top of the charts worldwide with the catchy “Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?” chorus it had going for it.

Were the Spice Girls around today, they would probably have made this kind of album. Beep (featuring will.i.am) and Wait A Minute are booty-shaking good-time jams, the second single Stickwitu is a charming pop and R&B peppered ballad, Hot Stuff is a remake of the Donna Summer hit song, and then there’s Tainted Love ~ yes, the same tune Soft Cell made famous back in 1982. The thirteen tracks are smartly down pop mixed with today’s R&B sensibilities, and surprisingly, pleasing to the ear. Not bad for a first effort. If you like listening to pop music and you're tired of Madonna or Britney Spears, then the Pussy Cat Dolls are perfect for you. It's surprisingly worth the listen.

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