Release: Female Boss
Release Date: 26/11/12
I am a secret N Dubber and was saddened when they decided to go separate ways, although if rumours are to be believed not for much longer. With Dappy having recently released his album (which has quickly risen to ‘most played’ on my iPod), I was somewhat intrigued when Tulisa’s new album ‘The Female Boss‘ landed in the post.
With a tattoo, fragrance and now the album named ‘The Female Boss‘ it certainly seems like the X-Factor judge knows how to make a brand.
The album kicks off with Tulisa talking over a beat and giving a cringeworthy list of phrases including “inner beauty about a woman who believes in herself“, “follows own path” and “strong when she is weak” then right at the end comes a short break followed by…… she is a Female Boss. Nooooooooooooooooo. This is almost certainly one of the worst intro’s to an album I have listened to in recent years.
Next up is the first single ‘Young‘, an electro-pop sounding track that Tulisa would probably have picked up the inspiration from on one of her Ibiza clubbing holidays, however this sound also lends itself to ‘Live Your Life‘, Rylan Clarke eat your heart out.
We’ve constantly heard Tulisa talk about the Urban scene on this season’s X-Factor, so we would expect a couple of tracks to represent the genre well. First up is ‘British Swag‘ with Nines. I actually liked it despite it’s somewhat poor lyrics but my real problem was the missed opportunity – the sound had Tinie Tempah written all over it. ‘Foreigner‘ has a weird wanting to be a British Rihanna vibe and does not work on any level whatsoever.
‘Skeletons‘ and ‘Counterfeit‘ come in on different sides to the club sounding tracks on offer and have a bit more of a meaning to them, both seem to centre around her problems with her ex-boyfriend and THAT leaked footage, and almost certainly worth your attention if you’ve managed to stick around to listening to the album that far in.
You are also treated to a few acoustic songs as a bonus. ‘Young‘ is stripped back and sounds a bit more soulful and if Tulisa had maybe shown more conviction to release an album with this kind of sound my outlook on the album as a whole would would be very different.
The album ends with Tulisa saying “and if it’s not ok, then remember it’s not the end“, worringly does this mean another Tulisa album? The real problem is the mish-mash of genre’s without one outstanding sound. We may see her return to N Dubz sooner than she planned…
5 out of 10
Reviewer: Michael O’Connor