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Rapid React: The Pussycat Dolls – ‘React’

Written By Sam Murphy on 02/07/2020
Pussycat Dolls

Most suspected that we’d never see another The Pussycat Dolls single but 12 years after their last album Doll Domination they have returned with React.

When the Nicole Scherzinger-led group announced they were going to tour again, it sounded like it was going to be nostalgic for fans. They then performed on The X Factor and slotted in a snippet of React, surprising everyone.

This isn’t a nostalgic tour for a quick money grab. This is a proper return and React sounds like Pussycat Dolls 2020 rather than an attempt to recapture the magic that earned them success in the early part of the millennium.

React is a sweaty pop song aiming more for Eurodance than hip-hop – an interesting choice given the pop atmosphere right now. That move turns out to be the right one, giving Scherzinger a chance to let loose over a perky, enticing beat.

It’s unlikely to take them back to the top of the charts but it also doesn’t make the girls look irrelevant. This is a genuinely fresh pop song which is not something we expected from the Pussycat Dolls in 2020. And you just know we’re in for one hell of a video.

Best Moment: Those exuberant synths in the verses give the song buoyant energy.
Worst Moment: If anything, the drop feels a little Major Lazer five years ago.

Best Lyric: “You’re turning me cruel ’cause I’m just wantin’ you to react,” is the peak of the song.
Worst Lyric: “So call me masochistic / But sometimes I want to fight,” is forced aggression.