by The Pussycat DollsThe Pussycat Dolls


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There's a kind of beautifully perverse brilliance to the Pussycat Dolls. Not only are they a sextet who got their start as neo-burlesque dancers in Los Angeles, but they make no bones about being a gleefully manufactured dance-pop act. Open the booklet for their 2005 debut, PCD, and their artificiality is made clear: the first page reads "All lead and background vocals by Nicole Scherzinger", a former member of Eden's Crush, the failed prefab teen pop group assembled on the WB's pre-American Idol reality music show Popstars. There is no pretense that Kimberly, Carmit, Ashley, Melody, and Jessica are there for anything besides filling out the illusion that this is a real performing musical group and providing some serious eye candy for a group that is all about the visuals. The great thing about PCD is that the producers and songwriters behind the album -- and, since this is a big-budget urban dance-pop album in the mid-2000s, there are many credited writers and producers -- are eager to play with the Pussycat Dolls' hyper-sexual image, creating a sleek, sexy sound ideal for both nightclubs and strip joints across this great land. And, at least at first, the songs are about how irresistibly sexy the Pussycat Dolls are, starting with the genius hit single "Don't Cha," where Nicole and the rest of the Pussycats strut around, taunting a hapless man with such come-ons as "Don't cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me/Don't cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me." There has never been a sex song quite as knowingly ironic yet undeniably sexy as this, and for a while the album keeps the momentum up, first with will.i.am's "Beep," a rewrite of Black Eyed Peas' "My Humps," except this is funny, not embarrassing, and since Nicole is sexier than the Peas' Fergie, it's also sultrier. Timbaland's "Wait a Minute" is in the same vein and, for a brief moment, it seems like PCD will be that rare thing: a mainstream club/dance album devoted to nothing but dance songs. Then, reality comes crashing in with the fourth song, "Stickwitu," the inevitable romantic slow jam whose sappiness undercuts the joyous carnal celebration of the first three songs. Although the rest of the album has more dance tunes than ballads -- and some catchy ones, too, like Beyoncé-styled "I Don't Need a Man" -- the album never quite recovers, since the fantasy of a girl group that's only it for the sex, not love, has been ruined. Since that fantasy is the very reason the Pussycat Dolls exist as either a dance troupe or a pop group, it's a bit of a disappointment, but PCD is still worthwhile because there enough good cuts to make it a fun soundtrack to parties or strip clubs, even if there aren't quite enough to make this the camp classic that the beginning of the album suggests it could have been.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2005
Label: A&M
UPC: 0602498848357
catalogNumber: 000537402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pussycat Dolls   Primary Artist
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Violin
Alex Al   Bass
Charlie Bisharat   Violin,Electric Violin
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
Larry Corbett   Cello
Joel Derouin   Violin
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Ron Fair   Organ,Harmonica,Piano,Conductor,Glockenspiel,Clavinet,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Brandon Fields   Woodwind
Armen Garabedian   Violin
John Goux   Guitar
Endre Granat   Violin
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Horn
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Ray Herrmann   Saxophone
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Horn
Dan Higgins   Horn,Woodwind
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Nick Lane   Trombone
Bill Liston   Woodwind
David Low   Cello
Andy Martin   Trombone,Trumpet
Robin Olson   Violin
Simon Oswell   Viola
Bruce Otto   Trombone
Joel Peskin   Woodwind
Katia Popov   Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Frank Wolf   Horn Engineer
Suzie Katayama   Cello
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Horn
Tim Carmon   Organ
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Larry Hall   Trombone,Trumpet
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Bill Churchville   Trumpet
Darrin McCann   Viola
Carmit Bachar   Vocals,Background Vocals
Roberto Cani   Violin
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Tal Herzberg   Bass
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Samuel Formicola   Viola
Nicole Scherzinger   Vocals,Background Vocals
Alyssa Park   Violin
Songa Lee   Violin
Larry E. Williams   Woodwind
Melody Thornton   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Cori Jacobs   fender rhodes
Angel City Horns   Track Performer
PCD Orchestra   Strings
Ashley Roberts   Background Vocals
Jessica Sutta   Background Vocals
Kimberly Wyatt   Background Vocals
Bob Zimmitti   Timpani
Chris Tedesco   Trumpet
Phillip Levy   Violin
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Sarah Parkins   Violin

Technical Credits

Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Siobhan Fahey   Producer
Ron Fair   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,String Arrangements,Vocal Producer,String Conductor
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Jimmy Iovine   Executive Producer
Diane Warren   Composer
Timbaland   Producer
Cee Lo Green   Producer
Andy Chatterly   Arranger
Tim Mosley   Composer
will.i.am   Producer
Anthony Kilhoffer   Engineer
Scotty Beats   Engineer
Michelle Thomas   Artist Development
J.D. Andrew   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Robert D. Palmer   drum programming
Rich Harrison   Programming,Producer
Tal Herzberg   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Nicole Scherzinger   Vocal Arrangements
Ethan Mates   Engineer
T. Calloway   Composer
Keri Hilson   Composer,Vocal Producer
Michael Eleopoulos   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Robin Antin   Executive Producer
Sean Garrett   Composer,Producer
Tyler Coombes   Programming
Steven Gallifent   Producer,Engineer
Young Smoke   Producer
"Angry" Mike Eleopoulos   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Andy Chatterley   Arranger
Chris Tedesco   Horn Conductor
Polow da Don   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Marcella Araica   Engineer
K. Holland   Composer

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