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N-Dubz - 'Girls'

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Fraser McAlpine | 10:46 UK time, Tuesday, 7 December 2010


The Story So Far: last time we heard from our intrepid threesome, they were bouncing about in front of a private jet, hoping to find that special someone; a partner for life, a soul-mate...or in Dappy's case, a decent housekeeper. Their loneliness was threatening to overshadow the greatest joy in their young lives, namely being in N-Dubz. Sad faces all round.

Now, everything has changed. Having opened the big wooden gates to Castle Dubskull, and exposed the fragile, sensitive souls within, the huge portcullis has come crashing back down again, and anyone who gets too close risks being shot by archers, or covered in boiling oil.

Not that any of them seem to be any less lonely, you understand. It's just they've found a new way to cope with it. It's called showing off.

(Here's the video. King Dappy is on his kissythrone.)

How else are we supposed to react to a song in which each member of the troupe explores their own version of being addicted to the opposite sex, by bragging at length about how much the opposite sex is addicted to them?

Dappy dangles the carrot of possibly falling in love, in order to commence falling into bed. But he does stress any potential candidates for his time should not get their hopes up. It's not that he CAN'T love you, it's more that he PROBABLY WON'T.

Tulisa, meanwhile, calmly explains that she's simply too hot and busy to be bothered by all of those randy guys, and doesn't need to be taken anywhere flash or expensive, bearing in mind she's a bloody great pop star, she's already in the VIP lounge, sipping on something ridiculous. You can try, but she's only going to ignore you, you miserable worm.

And Fazer? Well Fazer knows he's a bad dog. He knows that he can't be trusted, and that even though being left on his own breaks his little heart, it won't stop him chewing up the furniture while he waits - in vain - for his mistress to return. You knew the risks when you invited him into your home in the first place.

I'm not sure how any of this makes our heroes more loveable in the long run, but at least their jellified inner selves are safe from further heartbreak. That's for other people to have to deal with.

Three starsDownload: Out now

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(Fraser McAlpine)

Seven Foot Sounds says: "N-Dubz have been quite successful in the UK, but their latest few singles have really been special or unique."

DJ Garthy says: "A slick celebration of the female form, showcasing edgy beats and tough lyrics reminiscent of early N-Dubz hits."



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