A glance over the number of contributors to The Female Boss is enough to know that cohesion wasn't a concern here. Under-performing single 'Live It Up' in fact shines bright on the set, with its tropical island beats and breezy melody offering an escape from the rollercoaster tracklist of R&B grinds, ravey bangers and tedious ballads - not to mention cringe-worthy urban wobble 'British Swag'.
Surprisingly, it's Tulisa's work with US super-producer The-Dream that feels most underwhelming. 'Foreigner' and 'Skeletons' both plod along to insipid R&B beats that feel like they've been dusted down from Def Jam's vaults five years too late. What's more, dreary ballad 'Sight Of You' solely depends on the voyeuristic chance we might learn some hidden truth about her relationship with N-Dubz bandmate Fazer.
In fact, it's the songs the former couple worked on together in the earlier recording sessions that serve as the main highlights. Chart-topping hit 'Young' is abundant with Balearic spark, while 'Live Your Life' and 'Visa' bathe in adolescent energy and euphoric riffs. The result is an overly-considered debut that suffers from one-too-many label hook-ups for a singer who is way out of her depth.
Tracks to download: 'Young', 'Live It Up', 'Visa', 'Live Your Life'
If you like this, you'll like: N-Dubz, Rita Ora, Fazer
Watch the music video for Tulisa's 'Sight Of You' below: