Cheryl Cole - 'Fight For This Love'
It's hard to know how to feel when a member of a group you really like strikes out on their own. On the one hand, you want them to be successful enough that they don't embarrass themselves. On the other, you don't want them to be SO successful that they decide to stick with the solo thing permanently and not go back to the day job.
Basically, you want them to have an average amount of success - which is handy in this case, because Cheryl's first post-Girls Aloud single is deeply average.
(Here's the video. In which every outfit is astonishing and breathtaking, but for a variety of different reasons.)
In Cheryl's favour, she's obviously made an effort to record something that sounds different from the stuff she'd be making with Girls Aloud, and as a result this solo effort is an interesting pop/dance/R&B hybrid, which actually suits her rather well, style-wise. It's just a shame it's not stronger.
The best thing about the song is the bridge, which is sassy but vulnerable at the same time, and underpinned by a sweet melody, but the rest of the song can't match up: the verses are sluggish, and Cheryl sounds like she's been autotuned to within an inch of her life.
Sadly, the chorus is mundane and overly repetitive, and doesn't even really sound like Cheryl is singing it. It's bad enough when the singers she mentors on The X Factor end up drowned out by their own invisible backing singers, but quite how it managed to happen here, I don't know.
It's a shame, really, because Cheryl's a talented woman who's been a driving force in one of the best pop groups of recent years, and with her profile currently as high as it is, there really shouldn't be anything stopping her from becoming a pop megastar in her own right.
I'm not even sure that this will stop her either, it's just a shame she's been let down by such sub-standard material.