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Cheryl Cole

3 Words

Debut solo album from Girls Aloud member and X Factor judge

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  1. 8.0 |   Q

    Print edition only

  2. 6.0 |   State

    Pop album of the year it isn’t, but I somehow doubt that’ll stop it selling by the skip-load
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  3. 6.0 |   NME

    Print edition only

  4. 6.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Cole should be applauded for making a pop album that remains true to her status as one of Britain's most famous and popular women, but takes a few risks along the way
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  5. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Her showcase is the album's title track, built on dark loops of treated acoustic guitar and building into a claustrophobic dance track. It's as brave and novel a song as anything Cole's group have released, and shows how good she can be given a more imaginative setting
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  6. 6.0 |   Scotland on Sunday is Cole who will be guffawing all the way to her broker with this smartly made commodity, propelled by the greatest marketing muscle this country's music business has ever seen
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  7. 5.0 |   The Observer

    Care and craftsmanship, as well as money, have clearly been pumped into Cole's solo debut, but the old spark is missing
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  8. 4.0 |   The Sunday Times

    That superb and deeply odd syncopated/alienated title track aside, only the single, Fight for This Love, rises above the formulaic and the enervated. And the Fleetwood Mac-sampling Boy Like You is grisly. Best stick with the Girls, pet
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  9. 4.0 |   The Independent

    Musically, 3 Words is utterly bereft of imagination and risk, with tried and tested R&B producers such as, Louis Biancaniello, Wayne Wilkins and Taio Cruz doing what they do as dispassionately as possible
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  10. 4.0 |   The Times

    If this is really the best that her “team” can do, then another 3 Words spring to mind. Sack them all
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  11. 4.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    ... there’s not a hint of the blubbery personality that has won over X Factor viewers, nor a trace of her warm Geordie accent
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  12. 4.0 |   musicOMH

    3 Words will be a massive success, but in terms of content it's a disappointment. Swamped with half realised production, R'n'B-lite tunes and never really taking any chances, Cheryl's playing it safe. When are Girls Aloud coming back?
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  13. 4.0 |   The Scotsman

    A mediocre dance-pop album with feeble-to-middling tracks
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  14. 2.0 |   Evening Standard

    Three words: steer well clear
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  15. 1.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Consisting mainly of R&B that stays a safe two-chevron distance behind the cutting edge, it's utterly devoid of joy, and it's very telling that the only memorable hooks are someone else's
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Cheryl Cole: 3 Words

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  • 3. Heaven £0.99
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  • 5. Rain On Me £0.99
  • 6. Make Me Cry £0.99
  • 7. Happy Hour £0.99
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