Thanks to the X Factor and the played-out-in-the-spotlight relationships, it is easy to forget that Cheryl was once a member of the greatest girl group this country has produced.
Between 2002 and 2009, Girls Aloud produced not just a string of peerless pop singles, but a handful of albums which were far better than they had any right to be.
Only Human’s second single I Don’t Care followed Tinie Tempah collaboration Crazy Stupid Love to number one last weekend, becoming her fifth chart-topper as a solo artist, but in a world where YouTube views count alongside actual sales that means precious little.
If the bad news for Cheryl is that Taylor Swift’s 1989 recently raised the bar for pop, the good news is that despite its mad catchiness, I Don’t Care is possibly the worst thing here.
The best bits come when she drops the fierce pose and makes relatively sweet, innocent pop like the Lorde-like Goodbye Means Hello or the fizzy, punchy Crazy Stupid Love and Firecracker (a collaboration with Sia and Lily Allen producer Greg Kurstin).
Like this? Try these: Lily Allen, Sheezus; Taylor Swift, 1989
By Andrew Greenhalgh