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Cheryl Cole: 3 Words

By Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

Published: October 24 2009 01:08 | Last updated: October 24 2009 01:08

Cheryl Cole
3 Words
2 star rating

Cheryl Cole’s inexorable climb, from villainy after her 2003 conviction for assaulting a toilet attendant in a nightclub to her current apotheosis as cheated-on-but-loyal footballer’s wife and tearful X Factor judge, takes a wrong turn with this dismayingly boring solo album, which finds the tabloid-enshrined “nation’s sweetheart” swapping Girls Aloud’s sparkly pop for thin R&B-flavoured songs with dreary beats and characterless singing. Hints of autobiography surface on “Make Me Cry”, in which she plays a chart-pop Patsy Cline addressing an errant lover (Ashley, take note!), but there’s scant sign of the genuineness she brings to her X Factor appearances. 3 Words isn’t so bad as to bring to mind those four dreaded words – Victoria Beckham’s solo career – but it fails to capitalise on its maker’s peak in popularity.

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