ALBUM REVIEW: Hot Pink Blush (Jackie Scott)

22 May

Jackie Scott is described as having a “playful voice” and “infectious hooks.” Putting aside the fact that I don’t actually understand how one can have a playful voice – tone, sure, but voice? – Miss Scott apparently also has “the charisma and the talent to make it.”

Which is why debut album Hot Pink Blush is such a disappointment. Introductory track Lovesick starts off well – the electronic beats aren’t original but they are catchy and do what they’re supposed to, but then Scott’s equally electronic tones kick in and it hits the vibe of those horrific Ark Factory Rebecca Black tunes that went viral on the internet last year.

There’s potential, sure, and the songs are catchy enough – there’s just something slightly too false about it. Autotune is great when it’s used in the right way, and might I suggest Kate Bush’s Deeper Understanding as an example, but here it just harkens to Paris Hilton and Millionaires-esque messes.

There are moments on Lovesick where something great bursts through – it is fun and slightly less irritating, but there’s just too much going on. If it was pared down – if someone took some hedge trimmers to it, then Lovesick would be a decent enough pop song.

Still, it’s nothing compared to the spoilt brat spoken word into to Don’t Mess with Me – the cutesy attempts at ‘whatcha gonna do’ just feel like Disney Original Movies rejects and make it almost impossible to keep listening past the first minute. Lyrics such as ‘don’t mess with this princess, baby / don’t mess with this bitch, I’m crazy’ are just sadly unoriginal and trite.

It would be too easy to make a joke about the unfortunately named Trainwreck – which is actually one of the better songs from the album. There is, as I said, definitely something good going on but it’s hidden under all the cutesy lyrics and electronised beats. Trainwreck has the edge missing from some of the other songs, and is gutsy and infectious enough that it almost saves the album. If there were more songs like this then Hot Pink Blush would be such a better album. Maybe Scott needs to find her sound,  but she’d do better to stay away from the pop and focus on the electro.

Visit Jackie Scott’s website here.


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