Saturday, July 16, 2011

Reader Request: Girlicious

It's been over four months since the last reader request.  Thanks to a reader by the name of Anonymous, the feature is back.  This time, they wanted me to talk about Girlicious.  I had never listened to the group before and knew little about them aside from their Pussycat Dolls connection.  Turns out that Girlicious is the result of a reality television competition entitled, Pussycat Dolls Present: Girlicious.  The group released two albums after the show, and currently all but one member of the group quit, leaving Nichole Cordova as the only remaining member.

If you push all of that drama to the side, then you have their music.  So far, they've only released physical albums in Canada.  It's a strange marketing move that surely didn't help them.  To familiarize myself with Girlicious, I dove into their catalog starting with the singles.  The group's music is quite similar to the Pussycat Dolls.  The vocalists switch off after every few lines, singing the chorus together.  It's radio friendly in the Top 40 sense.  "Maniac" has the synthy dance-pop sound that's currently the key to success.  "2 In The Morning" which is also from their Rebuilt album contains a rap bridge.  "Stupid S**t" sounds like what a girl group led by Ke$ha would create, very sugary and bratty and could be seen as party music.

Currently, Girlicious is on a hiatus until they can find more members to join the group.  I'm not sure how well they would do if they were to reunite.  They tend to lack strong melodies even compared to the Pussycat Dolls.  Girlicious isn't exactly my cup of tea, but fans of the dance focused girl group image may enjoy them.

Thank you to the nameless reader who submitted this request! 

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