The Pussycat Dolls - I Don't Need A Man

05 October Critic Jonni 0 Comments


I Don't Need a Man - The Pussycat Dolls |

Nicole Scherzinger and her backing dancers are back on my blog. Honestly, I really hated that they weren't a fully-fledged girl group, the other members of the band can sing and have gone on to prove that they can in solo releases. Regardless, this song was one of my jams back in the day. The Pussycat Dolls sure had a lot of bangers amongst their collection of releases. This is one I've been chanting in my head recently as I have been single for two years and three months (I think, could be two months). It's something I'm not too happy about, but something I can't do anything about at the moment. I have high standards at the end of the day, and even though I lower them occasionally, nothing ever comes of it. So, as I feel slightly down, this is the perfect opportunity to review this for my Thursday Revisit. Watch The Pussycat Dolls be all sexy and confident as they decide they are perfectly happy being single in this very basic music video for their song "I Don't Need A Man".

The Pussycat Dolls, at the time of this release, were a six-piece girl group consisting of Nicole Scherzinger, Ashley Roberts, Melody Thornton, Carmit Bachar, Jessica Sutta, and Kimberly Wyatt. The group were originally a burlesque group and have gone through a whole range of line-ups before they started releasing music, and later another whole host of line-ups after the music releases. This song was one of my favourites, but the low-budgeted music video could certainly be one of the reasons as to why it underperformed on charts around the world compared to their other songs. Plus, maybe people were getting annoyed at it being the Nicole Scherzinger and the backing dancers. Although they certainly did make quite the comeback with album number two. The song was written by Rich Harrison, Nicole Scherzinger, and Kara DioGuardi.

Directed by Chris Applebaum, the music video is certainly a low-budgeted performance visual. Throughout we watch the girls getting ready for what we presume is a night out. Each of The Pussycat Dolls are doing their own thing. Nicole Scherzinger takes on most of the vocals, with the other members just adding harmonies or vocal lifts.

Once again, Nicole Scherzinger has the spotlight on her throughout. This is technically her song, without a doubt. As for the other Dolls; Ashley Roberts is painting her toenails; Carmit Bachar is drying off her hair; Jessica Sutta is having a shower; Kimberly Wyatt is in a bath shaving her legs; and, Melody Thornton is putting on her makeup. It's a shame they didn't have their chance to sing parts of the song themselves.

There are some killer dance scenes, one which has a salon-esque vibe to it, that must've been where The Saturdays got their idea for parts of "Higher". Then there's the brilliant ending scene with the black backdrop and the pink glitter - it's these two scenes that give this music video some much-needed fire. The ending is what makes the visual, and the girls certainly bring it.
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