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Rock - Released January 1, 2001 | Innocent


Rock - Released January 1, 2003 | Innocent

Undeniably old-fashioned compared to the spiky pop sound of Girls Aloud and the edgy urban output of Sugababes, Liverpool trio Atomic Kitten don't appear to be in any hurry to keep up with their more credible girl band rivals, judging by their third studio album, Ladies Night. There are a few attempts to grace the dancefloor with the hen party-friendly reworking of Kool & the Gang's "Ladies Night," the string-soaked ELO-sampling disco of "Be with You" (arguably their best single since "Whole Again"), and the Gallic-tinged filtered house of "Loving You," but despite the presence of Kylie producer Rob Davis and Jenny Frost's DJ boyfriend Dominic Thrupp on board, the majority of its 15 tracks stick with the Stargate-esque watered-down R&B, breezy acoustic pop, and midtempo ballads of its predecessor, Feels So Good. Taking a more active role third time round, eight songs feature at least one of the girls' names on the credits, but while the gorgeous sparse McClarnon-penned piano ballad "Someone Like Me" hints at a previously untapped songwriting prowess, the bland flamenco-tinged "Never Get Over You," the anemic funk of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," and the forgettable "Everything Goes Around," which uses the same shuffling beats as all of their big hits, suggest it's a good thing that the likes of Take That's Gary Barlow (the gospel-inspired "I Won't Be There"), Alisha's Attic's Karen Poole (the melodic dream pop of "Nothing in the World"), and Madonna cohorts Billy Steinberg and Rick Nowels (the lush Bangles-esque "Believer") were on board to lend a hand. There are times on Ladies Night when the girls appear capable of losing their "female Westlife" tag, while the increased creative input is a promising progression from their manufactured early days, but frustratingly, it plays it too safe too often to be considered as anything other than a harmless and slightly forgettable piece of fluff. © Jon O'Brien /TiVo

Pop - Released January 1, 2003 | Innocent


Rock - Released January 1, 2002 | Innocent

Feels So Good maintained Atomic Kitten's status as one of the U.K.'s most successful pop groups, with a pair of number one singles and another that reached number three plucked from it. Their first album recorded with Jenny Frost is nearly as solid as Right Now, with more playful chemistry evident between the three members. (Frost replaced original member Kerry Katona, who departed after the debut became a success; oddly enough, once Frost settled in, Right Now was redone and re-released, with her vocals put in place of Katona's.) Though the three biggest hits -- "It's OK!," "The Last Goodbye," and a cover of Blondie's cover of "The Tide Is High" -- are well-executed, easygoing pop songs, the group is at its best when it takes on the role of a modern disco act (as heard on "Feels So Good," "Love Won't Wait," and "Softer the Touch"). Like the debut, this album wasn't issued in the U.S. Instead, Virgin combined highlights from the two albums for a self-titled quasi-compilation, released in 2003. Despite the fact that Atomic Kitten's singles are often as strong as the ones from the popular U.S. acts, the disc did nothing to establish them as a successful act in that country. © Andy Kellman /TiVo

Pop - Released January 1, 2005 | Innocent

Access All Areas: Remixed and B-Sides is a CD/DVD set with Atomic Kitten's biggest fans in mind. The CD contains eight B-sides and nearly as many remixes, including covers of "Locomotion" and "Dancing in the Street," as well as Blacksmith's remix of "Eternal Flame" (yes, a Bangles cover) and Kurtis Mantronik's remix of "Ladies Night" (yes, a Kool & the Gang cover). The real attractive part of the package is the DVD, which features 18 of the group's videos and a greatest-hits set performed at Wembley Arena. This was released across Asia and received no distribution elsewhere, so fans outside the continent should be prepared to pay import prices. © Andy Kellman /TiVo