Seemingly out of nowhere the debut solo single from Girls Aloud’s Cheryl Cole, ‘Fight For This Love’ premiered on BBC Radio 1 this morning. Then again, with Cole apparently holding the title of the nation’s ‘sweetheart’ and her soaring popularity on the X-Factor, now more than ever is the best time to launch her solo. Is the single actually any good then?
The R&B-tinged Pop cut isn’t the car-crash I was admittedly expecting. Cliche lyrics? Tick. Heavily processed vocals for her Cheryls waifer-thin voice? Tick. Dated sounding; would have been fresh 5 years ago? Tick. All that aside, the track is very catchy, with many a hook to make it a staple in one’s head – whether they opt for it to or not (which I guess is the desired effect). What’s more, the song seems to give a nod to Mary’s ‘Just Fine’ (“Fight, fight fight fight for this love”), KC & JoJo’s ‘All My Life’ and Kandi’s ‘Don’t Think I’m Not’ (the jingle sound).
Tidbit: Interestingly enough, Cheryl’s as-yet-untitled album is set to hit shops the very same day as X Factor winner Alexandra Burke’s debut LP (October 26), who she continues to mentor today. While I’m sure some sort of chart battle to maximise both of their sales is the objective here, I can’t see how this will help Cheryl – as it’s pretty much a cert she will come up short, with the X Factor promo machine that will inevitably propel Alex.
Hit or Miss?