Messy Little Raindrops

Cheryl Cole

Released: 1 November 2010

Genre: Pop

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Nation's sweetheart turns up the pop appeal.

Cheryl Cole's debut solo album suggested that she wanted to distance herself from Girls Aloud, with an emphasis on R&B and an attempt to pitch herself into the same arenas as Lady GaGa, Pink and Beyoncé.

Album number two finds her returning to base, and although more varied than 3 Words, it's an out and out upbeat pop record - the perfect antidote to her "year from hell".

In time-honoured pop album tradition the first four tracks are radio friendly killers with the questionable fillers lurking towards the end - Dizzee Rascal guests on the functional and clichéd Everyone. The over Auto-tuned Better To Lie could be anyone from JLS to Alvin & The Chipmunks singing Ne-Yo backwards. The 90s-style ballad Hummingbird amply demonstrates her vocal limitations. Much better is album closer Waiting - an exuberant piece of dance fluff that plays to Cheryl's TV princess strengths.

Good, clean, family-friendly fun.

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