The Bottom Line
It was probably inevitable. The novelty of Pussycat Dolls and their music is wearing thin. A Middle Eastern touch here helps maintain some interest, but both the song and the accompanying video are more of the same from previous hits. "Buttons" is acceptable on the radio and in the club, but it is unlikely to linger in your consciousness.
- Touch of Middle Eastern music
- The formula is getting tired
- Middle Eastern atmosphere
- Raps from Snoop Dogg
- Pussycat Dolls' PG-13 vocal tease
Guide Review - Pussycat Dolls featuring Snoop Dogg - Buttons
The Pussycat Dolls are one of the phenomenal stories of the last 12 months in pop music. Few pop experts would have given them a chance at having a major hit single, and then after "Don't Cha" headed to #1, many still believed they would be a one-hit wonder. Now, with a total of 3 hits behind them, and a successful concert tour wrapping up, Pussycat Dolls are an established part of the contemporary pop music scene.
Unfortunately, on this 4th single from the album PCD, the sound of the Dolls is getting a bit tired. Red-hot Sean Garrett ("Grillz," "Check On It," and "Run It!") is present as one of the songwriters, but this is unlikely to be one of his bigger hits. It probably is time for the Pussycat Dolls to head back to the studio with new ideas. There's not much here that is different from previous hits. A few Middle Eastern flourishes maintain some interest, but otherwise it's more of the same slightly steamy dance pop and standard raps.