Little bit late on this one, but here’s Tulisa performing a new song from her album in the Live Lounge for BBC Radio 1Xtra. The track is called Skeletons and it’s a deep, growly and stirring ballad - well, this version is, at least. The main hook line featuring the song’s title is the icing on the cake to be honest, and the middle eight is effortlessly classy. It’s a gorgeous RnB that suits Tulisa’s voice and style much more than the lazy Young and frankly quite bizarre Live It Up. Rumour has it that Skeletons will be released as the third single in November - fingers crossed!
There’s a brief, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment at around 2:38 in this video where Tulisa mouths along to Tyga’s rap but accidentally looks away from the camera and catches someone else’s eye (presumably a member of the crew or the director) and the look on her face says “Was that alright?”. And even without that embarrassing nanosecond, this is the most awkward thing I have seen since Nicki Minaj’s Starships video. Why are you running your career into the ground Tulisa?!
After ripping off Rihanna’s We Found Love for her debut single Young, ex-N-Dubz star Tulisa has gone on to rip off Rihanna’s Cheers (Drink To That) for her next single Live It Up. The vocals are still strained, the choruses are still lifeless and the hair colour is bloody terrible. I think its fair to say I’m not enjoying Tulisa’s solo stint as much as I anticipated.
It’s a bit of a shame that since leaving N-Dubz and joining the X Factor, the naughtiest thing Tulisa can think of to put in her video is writing graffiti on some artwork. In fact the whole video is hardly a Jenny from the block moment, is it? That said, the song is quite nice - as always the instrumental chorus goes down nicely, but her vocals are a little hard on the ears and the build-up to the chorus is way too long. Not as mind-blowing as I wanted it to be, but it’s a decent effort.
In the context of the show, this is spectacular. But am I bothered about Little Mix or Tulisa outside of it? Only time (and material) will tell. Personally I don’t think Little Mix have the right look or spark to have a great and lengthy career, but I’m sure they’ll have a couple of cool hits in 2012.