Ladies Night

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/30/2003
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 724359562223
  • Catalog Number: 595622
  • Sales rank: 112,468

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Atomic Kitten Primary Artist
Kool & the Gang Guest Appearance
Khalis Bayyan 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
Tim Horton Drums
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
Technical Credits
Kool & the Gang Composer
Jeff Lynne Composer
Maria Christensen Composer
Khalis Bayyan Producer, Composer
Martin Harrington Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Eliot Kennedy Instrumentation
Rick Nowels Composer, Producer
Steve Robson Producer
Andy Whitmore Programming, Producer
Kirk Degiorgio Composer
John Davis Mastering
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
Les Molloy Executive Producer
Richard Mayes Executive Producer
Richard "Biff" Stannard Composer, Producer
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