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Pussycat Dolls - 'Hush Hush'
Beginning as a standard slow jam, Nicole Scherzinger's lamentation of the death of a relationship - plus the obligatory independent woman imagery - could cause you to write off 'Hush, Hush' as a weak single.
Listen until the one minute mark, however, and you'll be pleasantly surprised by the fifth single to be taken from Doll Domination. Suddenly erupting into a camp-as-Christmas bridge and chorus, adorned with crash-cymbal punctuation, 'Hush, Hush' becomes very fun indeed.
Most probably written for Nicole's, now shelved, debut album Her Name Is Nicole - hence the other four Dolls' one-word ("Hush") contribution to the entire track - it's quite a departure from the group's earlier output, but further exemplifies the diversity within their back catalogue.
Then, just when you're wondering why Nicole and co went for a disco-influenced beat instead of their usual Timbaland or Will.i.am infused affairs, we're left open-mouthed as the song takes another unexpected twist - bizarrely evolving into Gloria Gaynor's 'I Will Survive'.
'Hush, Hush' is baffling, but really quite good.