Nicole Scherzinger’s debut solo album “Killer Love” was one of the most underrated releases of 2011. It was a strong collection of infectious pop/RNB songs with powerful ballads that showcased her wide vocal range. Her follow up record “Big Fat Lie” lacks the drive, ambition and pure powerfulness of the debut. Lead single “Your Love” delivers a messy dance driven track that has its moments but confuses with its EDM undertones and pop-ified hook. And it doesn’t get much better from there. Her second single “On The Rocks” is a mediocre RNB track that loses momentum and is easily forgettable, not really what you want for a single. The majority of the album is filled up with mediocre B-side worthy RNB/pop tracks like “Electric Blue” (Ft T.I), Heartbreaker” and “Girl With A Diamond Heart” that slowly get better over time. “God Of War” provides the first real highlight with soaring vocals and a catchy hook that will have you singing along to the bittersweet lyrics “I’m so glad, you’re going away. I’m sorry and sad to say, tears of joy”. Scherzinger serves her label and fame with the gutsy and impressive “Big Fat Lie”. “Edit all my pictures, make my legs a little thinner. Eyes just a little lighter, now make my ass just a little bigger. Now autotune my tone, big smile, take a bow”. This was the only song that she co-wrote and if this was the result then she should have had more creative control.
My favourite song on this album is the emotionally raw ballad “Run”. Her vocal delivery is flawless and shows a vulnerability with heavy breaths between lines that draws you in. You get lost in the story, the emotion and the vocal power that she brings. “Don’t even search for that four-letter word you’ll never get it out. You try, and try, and try but he’ll just shut you down. Don’t wanna say I told you so, so please go now. Here’s some advice for the next one, Run”. This is one of the strongest listeners have heard her and I wish she had more power ballads like this because this is where she excels. “Just A Girl” is easily forgettable but has great harmonies, while “First Time” and “Bang” deserve the skip button. She delivers better when she sings something she 100% believes in and you can tell on this record when she does and when she doesn’t. The magic is there at times and then in other songs it’s not. I prefer Nicole Scherzinger as a solo artist than in The Pussycat Dolls but this new album is messy and majorly disappoints.