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Nicole Scherzinger Strikes Again With Sophomore Album "Big Fat Lie"

Lazaros Balakos | PopWrapped Author

Lazaros Balakos

10/20/2014 1:45 pm
PopWrapped | Music
Nicole Scherzinger Strikes Again With Sophomore Album
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Nicole Scherzinger has been riding solo ever since the disbandment of The Pussycat Dolls. After a scrapped album, Her Name Is Nicole, her proper debut release, Killer Love, and judging roles on both the American and British X Factor, the songstress is now ready to drop her sophomore studio album, Big Fat Lie. With the record coming out in Europe this week, it's time to find out how she did on this one. The album begins with the first sample of her work with Tricky Stewart and The-Dream,

"Your Love"

. The track is a breezy, house-influenced pop lovesong with a super catchy melody, an addictive post-chorus and seductive vocals. The T.I.-assisted

"Electric Blue"

is a sultry, electronic urban-pop number with guitar riffs giving a vintage R&B vibe, something very Janet Jackson-esque. The second single of the record, 

"On The Rocks"

, is probably one of its weakest moments, serving as a simle urban ballad. It's not bad and one could even call it a grower, but the production is totally dated.
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is an all hypnotic, slow urban burner, with an electric guitar line driving its production. Definitely a good one! On

"God Of War"

she gets closer to the dance-pop territory, offering a dark midtempo number with beautiful echoing vocals in the back.

"Girl With A Diamond Heart"

is a slightly more upbeat tune about the post-break-up kiss-off, and even though the vocals sound clearer here, it's a pretty weak offering. Nicole goes back to the slow urban burners with

"Just A Girl"

, which comes with a sensual approach and some vocal editing in the right place. The second half of Big Fat Lie kicks off with

"First Time"

, a more out-there R&B tune with a sexy mood all over the vocals and a hip-hop beat to go by.


is definiteley a good moment, serving as an ode to a bad boy and bringing an all-sexual R&B mood to the table. The title track,

"Big Fat Lie"

, is an electronic ballad which also stands out from the rest of the album. There's a confessional mood to the personal tune, and it finds Nicole Scherzinger getting deeper for real. The standard edition of the album comes to an end with the third single (first in the United States),


. This one is a piano-driven powerballad on which the songstress gives an outstanding vocal performance with the emotion right on point.
The deluxe edition of Big Fat Lie has another three tunes in store.

"Little Boy"

is a rather forgettable slow tune, while


serves as an urban-esque pop number with electronic elements and a beautiful vocal performance.

"Cold World"

 closes the album on a poppier note, with its playful piano line and fast-paced production. Overall, Big Fat Lie is definitely different from what we would expect of Nicole Scherzinger. It's an urban-pop record without dance-pop club bangers (No "Don't Hold Your Breath" 2.o either, if you were looking for one, like me). It's a step further in the sonical evolution of the former Pussycat Dolls bandmate as an artist, who here takes a lot from the master of the genre, Janet Jackson. This can't be a bad thing, of course, but it doesn't seem as genuine at certain parts. Other than that, Nicole does have what we call the "full package" in today's music industry, and everyone wants her to do well, but she'll need a hit to bring this album forward. Even though there are a lot of great album cuts here, most of them are not quite radio-friendly enough to get the job done. On a final note, she definitely delivered an enjoyable record with this one, but has yet to "bring it". Score: 6/10

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