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Ladies Night
     

Ladies Night

by Atomic Kitten
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/30/2003
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
0724359562223
catalogNumber:
595622
Rank:
100278

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Atomic Kitten   Primary Artist
Kool & the Gang   Guest Appearance
Ronald Bell   Keyboards,Tenor Saxophone
Robert "Kool" Bell   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Martin Harrington   Keyboards
Skip Martin   Trumpet,Vocals,Group Member
Rick Nowels   Keyboards
Tim Pierce   Electric Guitar
John Themis   Guitar,Percussion
Dennis "D.T." Thomas   Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Andy Whitmore   Keyboards
Clifford Adams   Trombone,Trumpet,Group Member
Simon Hale   Piano,Keyboards
Ash Howes   Drums,Keyboards
Shawn McQuiller   Vocals
Julian Gallagher   Keyboards
Tash   Group Member
Keith Uddin   Keyboards
Richard Jones   Bass
Yvonne John Lewis   Background Vocals
Ami Richardson   Background Vocals
Sharon Murphy   Background Vocals
Charles Allen Smith   Guitar,Group Member
Ciaron Bell   Piano (Grand)
Matrix 1000   Acoustic Guitar
George Brown   Keyboards,Group Member
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Background Vocals
Tim Horton   Drums

Technical Credits

Kool & the Gang   Composer
Jeff Lynne   Composer
Maria Christensen   Composer
Ronald Bell   Producer,Composer
Martin Harrington   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Eliot Kennedy   Instrumentation
Rick Nowels   Composer,Producer
Steve Robson   Producer
Andy Whitmore   Programming,Producer
Kirk Degiorgio   Composer
Gary Barlow   Instrumentation
Andrea Wright   Engineer
Ash Howes   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Anthony "Packrat" Thompson   Vocal Arrangements
Richard Wilkinson   Engineer
Julian Gallagher   Composer
Alan Bellman   Executive Producer
James Loughrey   Engineer
Keith Uddin   Engineer
G. Kenny Wilson   Composer
Elizabeth McClarnon   Composer
Alvin Sweeney   Engineer
Tim Woodcock   Instrumentation
Kieron Menzies   Engineer
Tracy Carmen   Producer,Adaptation,Melody Arrangement
Sharon Murphy   Composer
Rob Davis   Producer
Hugh Goldsmith   Executive Producer
Reece Gilmore   Programming,drum programming
Leigh Guest   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Molloy   Executive Producer
Richard Mayes   Executive Producer
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Composer,Producer

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