Nadine Coyle - Insatiable
It all sounded promising: arguably the most musically talented member of Girls Aloud, Nadine Coyle launching a solo career. Two less-than-stellar albums from band-mate Cheryl Cole meant our hopes were high for something more from the pint-sized Irish lass. Then the omens changed - stories of fall-outs with band mates and major labels showing disinterest in her album both contributing to a dampening of excitement. The final straw came with the announcement that Tesco would be the only stockists, foregoing the might of the major download stores and other high street names - the album was effectively buried before it saw the light of day.
So, it's something of a surprise that the album itself isn't bad at all. Nadine proves once again that she holds more than her fair share of her band's talent and there are some great pop songs here that fill the void that the now-two-year wait for an announcement of a new Girls Aloud album has left. It doesn't quite match the band's best though - nothing here comes close to the any of the GA classics; it does however compete with some of their more pedestrian material and there are one or two gems to be found - current single and title track 'Insatiable' has great pop hooks and 'Sexy Love Affair' rarely lets up from its joyous, bombastic fun.
Coyle shows much versatility - her voice is strong and she has a solid grasp on who she wants to be. Hints of R&B shine through the pop and the occasional slip into a more classical sound is both refreshing and evidence of a real ability. it'll be a real shame if the GA member with the better album, more exciting voice and most potential gets swept under the carpet. Insatiable is a solid, often exciting and adventurous, debut from someone who has the talent and drive to be a successful solo artist. Forget the tabloid rumour mill and judge Miss Coyle on her pop music and you're unlikely to be disappointed.