Mutya Buena

Score

Real Girl

Back when she was using her own secret language to terrorise all her Sugababe bandmates, it seemed obvious that mardy bum Mutya Buena was destined for a solo career. One that her pierced gob, cleavage, tats and arctic stare suggested might fall somewhere between Amy Winehouse’s plastered songbook and CSS’s bitch-pop. Shame then that ‘Real Girl’ reveals she just wanted to be Mariah Carey. Neo-soul opener ‘Just A Little Bit’ and that Lenny Kravitz sample aside, it’s a debut’s worth of octave-warbling, R&B dross. And not even Winehouse herself (who rocks up on backing vocals on ‘B Boy Baby’ – the not-quite-funny re-working of The Ronettes classic of nearly the same name) can stop it being any less of a letdown.


Krissi Murison