Woods mysteriously not being invited to reunion talks; preceded its first official single with the loss of another member, Aundrea Fimbres quitting mid-tour; and culminated 15 months in with an alleged mid-meeting punch-up and subsequent accusations of band members sneaking into the studio to remove other members’ vocals. Unlike the Sugababes’ own reformation, Mutya Keisha Siobhan, Danity Kane Mk II have at least managed to release the album they recorded before the final implosion, whether by contractual obligation or genuine generosity towards the small but vocal online niche of pop fans who willed the comeback into being. Not that there isn’t past form here: Danity Kane’s previous two albums, particularly 2008’s Danja-fuelled , were masterclasses of sleek modern pop, and singer Dawn Richard’s solo career showcased an awe-inspiring artistic vision of singularly vast scope.(Put on hold for this more mainstream comeback, she’s already picked up where she left off – good news, artistically speaking.) bears little resemblance to Richard’s solo career, though she’s certainly the group’s most distinctive vocalist, and the singer who most propels the album.

It’s a paradox: the real Danity Kane have failed to live up to their own lyrics, but the quality of the songs enable a non-existent version of the group to make them convincing.

It helps that ‘All In A Day’s Work’ marries classic ’60s girl group coyness to ’80s power-suit attitude to fully updated scuzzy guitars and trap rhythms with rhymes stacked on top of rhymes, of course; and that ‘Lemonade’ rides the Mustard wave while simultaneously reaching back for a ‘Grindin’ sample and spinning out one of the better anti-hater metaphors in recent memory.

(You are lemonade they’ll give you lemonade.) It’s ironic that their vocal chemistry is on point throughout, Shannon Bex and Aubrey O’Day’s fluttering, cooing timbres complementing Richard’s stronger tones nicely.

Elsewhere, ‘Tell Me’ subverts its sparse, sensual stripper anthem sound with a plea for communication laced with oddly dark imagery.

is an oddity of a record: a comeback album by a non-existent group.

Messy drama seems to be an immutable law of every girl group journey, but Danity Kane have set new standards in it.

Their first incarnation – formed on TV, disbanded on TV – lasted from November 2005 to January 2009.

Their second was a member down before it even began, with D.

“You want me half-naked in stilettos / Hanging from the shower rod in the bathroom,” coos Bex; it’s more American Psycho than sex kitten.