Nadine - 'Insatiable'
Nadine's song is out a week later than Cheryl's. It is like Blur vs Oasis all over again.
Nadine's album is out a week later than Cheryl's. It is like Take That vs East 17 all over again.
Nadine and the other Aloud girls might not be getting on as well as they would like you to believe. It is like Robbie vs Take That all over again.
Nadine might not do as well with her solo album as Cheryl will with hers. This is possibly because one of these women is a key part of a hugely popular weekly TV talent show, and is currently enjoying national treasure status, and the other has yet to prove that she can break out of the constraints of being Nadine from out of Girls Aloud. It is like Sabrina Washington vs Alesha Dixon all over again.
SO, having got all of that out of the way, what's Nadine's song actually like?
(Here's the video. Somewhere there is an empty dressing-up box looking rather forlorn.)
Well it is clearly the work of someone who wants to make it very clear that they are mature, and that their music exists in a timeless sphere which is unaffected by current trends. There are grinding guitars in there, and real brass instruments, like grown-ups use in their songs, and there's a lot of soul in Nadine's pained howl.
There are no spiralling club-banger synths, there is no autotune, there is no mad chanting, and no-one sings "ayo". Four things which would place Nadine at the very now-ness of popular music, and therefore ruin the idea that she's a soul madam from always o'clock.
If we are to draw a parallel with her bandmate, based on the music alone - Cheryl's hit songs seem to speak to a public idea of what her love life is like, while Nadine is attempting to prove that she is no longer the young girl with the big voice that she was in 2002. She's now a fully grown woman with a big voice. And big voices and rocky-soul go together like Paloma Faith and hats.
And actually, if there is a comparison to be made musically, it's probably with something like Paloma's 'Stone Cold Sober', or some of Tina Turner's '80s hits, only you never heard either of those two making that strange "a-haow" noise with which Nadine begins proceedings. It sounds less like an emotive mic-check and more like one of those compression sounds people make when they're clearing out their sinuses.
Work your way past all of this baggage though, and there's a bright, engaging song here, sung by a woman whose voice deserves to be heard on its own merits. Whether there are enough people out there willing to do this, in the midst of a gossip tornado, is a different matter entirely.
It's Pop says: "The track is clever precisely because it is not an instant smash, but a grower that takes a few listen to fully reveal itself."
Reflective Inklings says: "What makes things even sweeter is the instrumentation done. The track does not sound like a rip-off of a Guetta-produced track at all."
The Chemistry Is Dead says: "first thing it reminded us of was that Kiss cover by Tom Jones, then a bit of Echo by Girls Can't Catch and Rihanna's Umbrella in the verses"