Mutya Buena - Real Girl

2007-09-05 17:26
While Buena may have enjoyed reasonable success as part of the all-girl pop trio, her solo career will not be as impressive judging by her rather average debut Real Girl. Her nonconforming vocals at times sound nasal (think Monica Arnold on Miss Thang) and the music mediocre. Although the songs are "nice", there's no chart appeal. Sorry to say Real Girl just won't cut it in the wake of the sassy Sugababes.

That said, there are notable collaborations that boost the album's second-rate status. Groove Amada puts out a great dance track "Song 4 Mutya (Out Of Control)", George Michael croons heart achingly to "This is Not (Real Love)" and Amy Whinehouse makes an art form out of singing backing vocals on "B Boy Baby" (a rework of "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes).

But there's only one stand out track: "Real Girl". The first single off the album samples Lenny Kravitz's "It Ain't Over 'Till It's Over" with a catchy chorus and photo-snappy music video.

Mutya Buena definitely has super star potential, but let's hope she sheds her ordinary girl persona and realizes her true rock star quality.

- Megan Kakora

The highly anticipated debut solo album from ex-Sugababe Mutya Buena has finally dropped. But it could sadly soon drop off the music industry radar.

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