Nothing guilty about this pleasure
Doll Domination (Interscope)
ESSENTIAL "In Person"
Let's be clear. In pop music there are no guilty pleasures. Great trashy, hook-laden songs that make your lips smack never need to be apologized for, just enjoyed. The Pussycats' debut from 2005 was that kind of disc, and though this follow-up tries darn hard to follow that formula, it comes up just short. Still, it's often filled with giddy, brilliantly produced goofy pleasures with nothing on its mind beyond love and pleasure. Oh, sure, there are a couple of ballads about heartache and regret, but lead singer Nicole Scherzinger sounds more like she's pining for a good facial than a guy. Superstar producers Timbaland, Polow Da Don, and Rodney Jerkins give them some sizzling tracks ("In Person," "Whatcha Think About That"), but a lot of this sounds a bit rote especially as the disc wanders to its fatiguing 21st track. We know the Dolls want staying power, but c'mon. [Ken Capobianco]