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REVIEW: Tulisa Brings Ghetto Grime And Ibiza-Sounding Beats With 'The Female Boss'

'The party anthems equivalent to a bottle of Lambrini'

Everyone knows Tulisa; she’s that judge from The X Factor, was added to the list of celebrity sex tape scandals, dubbed FHM’s sexiest woman of 2012, oh, and she sings a bit too.

The Female Boss is her long-awaited solo album, which was released on December 3. It’s been a whirlwind couple of years for Camden girl Tulisa, being forced to publicly defend herself on numerous occasions, most notably the sex tape that was leaked to the public by her ex-boyfriend.

Tulisa's album is perfect for a night out with the girls and a bottle of Lambrini (Packshot)

Honestly it’s hard not to feel sorry for the poor girl where she’s constantly under scrutiny, often being compared to Nicole Scherzinger.

The Female Boss is obviously about hitting back at the haters, where the carefree number one hit ‘Young’ is a party anthem to stick it to the critics. Unfortunately, this is the theme throughout the entirety of the album.

Now, we all like a bit of girl power now and again but the clichéd lyrics about being a strong independent woman do get a bit bland after a while. ‘Live It Up’ featuring Tyga brings another radio friendly song to the mix, which will instantly strike a chord with partygoer types.

However, the Ibiza sunshine feels far away, where it’s hard to imagine Tulisa clubbing anywhere more exotic than some grimey club in East London, therefore the glamour fails to elevate this song like it should.

After some party beats can you guess what’s coming up next?

It’s pretty obvious really, the princess of grime clearly feels the need to uphold her roots and get down and dirty with some ghetto beats. Proving not to disappoint, Tulisa brings some of her ‘British Swag’ to the track which flaunts her dirtier rap style that we’ve come to expect from her previous years with N-Dubz.

Unfortunately it’s nothing you couldn’t find better from a Cher Lloyd song. The song ‘Kill Me Tonight’ is also an angry blend of gangster style where Tulisa seems to just enjoy singing obscenities with a horrible trance style background beat which is uncomfortable and repetitive.

The problem is that these angry tracks just feel as if Tulisa has something to prove, like she has some sort of pent up anger using the album to vent it out. We know you’ve had a tough old run Tulisa but now that you’re a millionaire perhaps it’s time to chill out a bit?

Of course no pop album would be complete without a cheesy ballad, where ‘Counterfeit’ fills this void with chavvy lyrics and the mandatory chime of the piano. Adding in a slight twist to the contemporary ballad ‘Habit’ does delve a little bit deeper into Tulisa’s life, where there is a sign of something a little bit different from The Female Boss where she takes charge and lyrically the song isn’t as dire as the rest of the album.

Tulisa should ditch the old gangsta style altogether and stick to the party tunes, which she’s actually alright at. If you don’t mind the clichés of female authority ruling the world and pounding party beats then you might just enjoy this album.

It’s a shame that the tracksuit-bottomed girl we grew up with is still so present in some of her songs though, as when she loses the pretense of Camden Chav this is when we see the diamond in the rough. If you’re looking for an album to play before a girls night out then you really can’t go wrong with The Female Boss.

Just remember to bring the Lambrini.

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