Kittens too much of a good thing

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 December, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 December, 2003, 12:00am

Atomic Kitten disappointed fans when they pulled out of Harbourfest, so it's reasonable to expect their third album, Ladies Night, is up to scratch - and they haven't let us down.

The album is a collection of beautiful harmonies and ballads. The Kittens have not broken with their trademark style - strained voices wafting over blue-style beats and catchy melodies - exactly what I expect from female Britpop.

Their previous two albums, Right Now and Feels So Good, were both rather run of the mill. Yet this time they have produced something worth listening to.

The first single off the album, If You Come To Me, is by far the best on Ladies Night. Also outstanding is Believer, which was written by B. Steinberg, the person behind Eternal Flame, who helped the girls deliver a soulful up-tempo ballad.

A drawback is that the album simply contains too many tracks - a total of 15 - and catchy though they are, by the time you are halfway through your ears will already have heard too much of the same thing.