Monday, 14 June 2010

2005 Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes: Don't Cha

Originally recorded by session singer Tori Alamaze the same year, Anglo American all girl band Pussycat Dolls do very little with her template save add a rap from Busta Rhymes. To be honest, it's neither needed nor wanted - your views on 'Don't Cha' are going to hinge on your reaction to the brassnecked chutzpah of the "Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot/raw/fun/a freak like me?" chorus hook that's present in both versions and around which the whole song revolves. Alamaze takes it sultry and slutty, giving it an R&B sleaze tease but while the Dolls add a titanium pop backbone, they are necessarily forced to split it six ways until it becomes more of a competition between themselves than a tempting come on to whichever lucky lad they're singing it to. But no matter how hard Pussycat Dolls or Busta's flow stopping interruptions inadvertentltry to derail it, 'Don't Cha' is wired to the mains R&B pop with an attitude that's irresistible.

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