`Doll Domination' was certainly worth the wait. The dolls delivered all of their tracks real well. I feel they were really well put together and had a good production as well as great writing (i.e. I'm Done, I Hate this Part, Happily Never After & Elevator). It was a sort of disappointment to find some of Nicole's failed solo attempt tracks included in here, not saying the tracks are bad, but they should have re-record them at least, as they are exactly as they were off the `Her Name is Nicole' sessions. Overall the album was pretty good. In my opinion, I think they did step up from PCD, by crossing over to other types of music, such as the stirring `In Person', where they follow the steps of their official second single, "Whatcha Think About That" and their previous track "How many times, how many Lies", off their debut, in a different manner.
Most of the songs are standouts as they are pretty diverse, since they fall in the realm of a wide range of music genres. When I first gave the album a full listen I found it strikingly close to an Elevator as it goes "up and goes down, down" ranging from danceable, up-tempo, fast paced tracks to slow/deep melodious jams. I was personally waiting for this album due to the great success PCD had, I was hoping it would live up to their previous effort, and I personally think it did as `Doll Domination' captures the same or goes a bit beyond the magic the PCD album has; I see `Doll Domination' as a complement to PCD, as it gives a balance to the group between pure pop to pop, dance, hip-hop, R&B influenced numbers. Even though the album falls in a one single weakness, the R. Kelly featured track: `Out of this club' and the fact the `When I Grow Up' version included isn't the music video version featuring the dolls, but one mostly featuring Scherzinger's vocals, it doesn't really affect the rest of the record as the dolls keep it going with the up tempos such as the funky `Bottle Pop', the Timbaland produced `Magic' & ' Whatchamacallit', the sassy nod/throwback to what the Pussycat dolls originally were: `Watcha think About That', and the electrifying first single and opening track, `When I Grow Up'. We see a different side of the dolls as they also have more songs with a different feel rather than just corsets and sexy complex dance routines, as they are mellow to the ear with the highly emotive `I Hate this Part', `Hush Hush', `I'm Done' and `Halo'.
Its pretty intriguing how this album has been criticized for Nicole Scherzinger's "over presence" in it, even some refer to it as "Nicole Domination", but I feel this album incorporates and features the other dolls more than PCD did, as the dolls do more backing vocals than there were in PCD where Nicole indeed did fully "dominate" the tracks, as Melody Thornton would only would ad lib throughout a couple tracks (the dazzling singles: `Buttons' & `I Don't Need a Man'), when on the other hand, we hear the dolls in other tracks, most notably in `In Person', `Takin' Over the World', `Whatcha Think about That', `Elevator' and of course in the Deluxe version bonus disc where they all get a solo song.
To me, the dolls are dominating because there isn't anyone out there that delivers as they do with their classy, sizzling moves and unique style as well as their strenuous flawless performances; they have certainly put a great solid sophomore album, so in a sense, you could say they are sorta dominating, especially if they are doing real well around the world. This really has become one of my favorite albums of the year; it is really worth the money.
Carlos J Perez