With the Pussycat Dolls' album PCD still reeling off hits almost a full year later, it would seem there would be room for a similar project. The 5-woman group Danity Kane is a good commercial idea, and these women do have vocal and dance appeal, but, unfortunately, someone forgot the song hooks. The style of hit music is here, but most of the tunes here lack melodies that linger in your memory.
All-Star Cast of Songwriters and Producers
Danity Kane's debut album has more than enough starpower in songwriters and producers to come up with a basket of hits. Ryan Leslie, Timbaland, Scott Storch, and Max Martin collaborator Rami are just a few of the studio hitmakers at work here. Unfortunately, it appears that Danity Kane were not showered with the best material by these industry veterans. The work of Scott Storch (on "Sleep On It," a bonus track) and Rami ("Stay With Me"), in particular, feel like they were sleepwalking in the studio.
Part of Diddy's Return as Music Mogul
The buzz around Danity Kane is part of the return of Diddy (aka Sean Combs and Puff Daddy) as one of the top record industry moguls. His label, Bad Boy, began to flounder badly in the early part of this decade. However, concurrent with the label's new Atlantic Records distribution deal, things are looking up. First, Cassie spent much of the summer in high rotation on pop radio with the single "Me & U." Now it appears that Diddy's hand-picked group Danity Kane are headed toward a top 3 debut on the pop album chart.
Danity Kane - No Threat to the Pussycat Dolls
Although the first single "Show Stopper," with its sound-of-the-moment snap balladry, is moving swiftly up the charts, its hard to see a stream of follow up hits on the album. For that reason, Danity Kane does not look like a significant threat to the Pussycat Dolls' current girl-group throne. However, listening to such tracks as the slinky, sexy "One Shot" and the frothy, punchy "Press Pause" demonstrates these girls do have talent. Let's hope they survive the Making of a Band jinx and are around to record a second album with the quality songs they deserve.