Those looking for answers or indeed any indication of the real Cheryl will be disappointed with A Million Lights, which boasts an exceptional lineup of today's best and brightest producers. She even recently admitted having no clue as to what lead single 'Call My Name' was about, but that she enjoyed Calvin Harris's punchy melody and club-tailored beats all the same.
As such, those looking for an album's worth of decent pop will be more than satisfied here. 'Craziest Things' - helmed by her pal and mentor will.i.am - is an effortless slice of robo-electro, 'Sexy Den a Mutha' produced by Britney hitmaker Jim Beanz is typically enjoyable radio-house, while the Wretch 32-assisted 'Screw You' serves as a delicious kiss-off, even if she insists it's not aimed at her philandering ex.
Each uptempo number has been multi-layered and tinkered to within an inch of its life, making the title track and trance ballad 'A Million Lights' and Lana Del Rey-penned 'Ghetto Baby' all the more poignant. There's a niggling detachment between Cheryl and her songs and little to no carving of Cheryl's sound as you'd expect from a third record, but as a collection of neat pop explosions built for the masses, it's difficult to fault.
Tracks to download: 'Under The Sun', 'Screw You', 'Craziest Things', 'A Million Lights'
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Click through a playlist of tracks from A Million Lights below: