Doll Domination (2008) 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… 2008-09-23 The Pussycat Dolls Pop
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Doll Domination (2008)

MEE-OWW! The Pussycat Dolls may not be The Supremes — but they still throw down some supremely decent dance tracks on Doll Domination
MEE-OWW! The Pussycat Dolls may not be The Supremes — but they still throw down some supremely decent dance tracks on Doll Domination
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Sep 23, 2008; Lead Performance: The Pussycat Dolls; Genre: Pop

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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Originally posted Sep 16, 2008 Published in issue #1013 Sep 26, 2008 Order article reprints