Pussycat Dolls - 'Bottle Pop'
In the words of Cilla Black (and please, nobody comment saying "who?" because I've just had a birthday and I feel old enough as it is), "life is full, full of surprises". And like life, so is pop music often full of surprises - for example, after years of skulking in the background, Nicola revealing herself to be the best vocalist in Girls Aloud, or that time Aqua followed up 'Barbie Girl' and 'Dr Jones' with a subtle, heartfelt ballad and everyone was all "the world as I know it has turned UPSIDE DOWN".
Of course, the other side of the coin is that sometimes pop music doesn't surprise you at all, and goes exactly where you expect it to. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because sometimes it's nice to know what lies ahead, but if I were to say to you that this Pussycat Dolls single features breathy vocals, funky electronica and sexual innuendo, you probably wouldn't keel over with shock, would you?
Rhythmically and melodically it owes a debt of some measure to Flo Rida's 'Low' and Ciara's 'Goodies'/Petey Pablo's 'Freek-A-Leek', but with added PCD leathery orange sass over the top of it all. It's very smooth, slightly grubby, and somewhat lewd - in other words, if you've encountered the Pussycat Dolls at any point in your life, you'll know what you're getting here.
Lyrically, it doesn't bear close analysis - it makes precisely as much sense as it needs to, no more, no less - but if you want to know whether it passes the "grind your hips like a tabledancer" test, then the answer is yes. Which, let's face it, is pretty much the chief concern here.
Download: Out now
CD Released: April 6th
PS: The CD cover claims this is "Pussycat Dolls - 'Bottle Pop (Featuring Nicole Scherzinger)', which is subtly different to the other single they've got out at the moment.