Doll Domination

There are two kinds of girl groups: those anchored by a superstar (the Supremes, Destiny’s Child), and those made up of charismatic personalities ?endowed with limited individual gifts (Spice Girls, TLC). The Pussycat Dolls are ?neither — they’re a brand, not a band. This follow-up to 2005’s multiplatinum PCD finds lead Doll Nicole Scherzinger in the spotlight, and she’s no Beyoncé. As for the others, well…can you name them? Do you even know how many there are? Still, the Dolls’ formula occasionally works. Scherzinger’s supple vocals are paired on Doll Domination with beats by A-list producers (Polow Da Don, Timbaland), resulting in a radio-friendly mix of vampy anthems, sultry midtempo grooves, and? sappy ballads. But 16 tracks is overkill (there’s also a 22-song deluxe edition available), especially for a group that brazenly emphasizes style over substance. After a while, listening to this CD feels like a one-way conversation with a vapid hot chick who’s in love with the sound of her own voice. C+
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Doll Domination
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