The U.K. lets its girl groups’ beta members release loud, busy and killer summer singles (that’d be Nicola Roberts’ “Beat of My Drum,” for those of you not acquainted.) Now the States are joining in, with “Sweet Vendetta” by former Pussycat Doll Melody Thornton.
“Sweet Vendetta” has more in common than “Beat of My Drum” than its convenient-for-writers timing. They’re both fast; they’re both fun, an although Thornton draws her excitement from the past, as opposed to Nicola’s super-futuristic vibe, the effect’s the same. Both Nicola and Melody have quavery belts working slightly above their capacities. Both sound as if they’ve indiscriminately collaged a bunch of pop songs–in this case, the pre-chorus settles into a “Rolling in the Deep” pulse, the backing vocals huddle among near-silence like those of “Like a Prayer,” and there’s even what we can’t help but hear as a “fight for this love” shoutout for those who didn’t immediately make the Girls Aloud leap. Both are slightly nonsensical if you think so hard–”vendetta” does not mean what Melody thinks it means, but why let that stop you from singing along?
And then there’s the obvious: both “Sweet Vendetta” and “Beat of My Drum” are great pop songs that try just about everything but probably won’t trouble the charts nearly as much as the blogs. Or maybe we’re wrong, and “Sweet Vendetta” will displace every summer song of 2011. Nicole Scherzinger still hasn’t quite done that, despite dozens of PR pushes and some equally busy singles, so we highly doubt that’ll happen. But why let that keep you from a pretty quality song?