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I must admit that when I bought this album it didn't immediately appeal to me, although it was a grower. Released in 2002, this band were very popular at the time. The songs on this album have a happy feeling to them which is good. The first song, 'It's OK', is about getting over somebody and being happy you are over them. This album would come under the category of 'pop', however some of the tunes are fast and could be categorised as 'dance'. 'The Tide Is High' was the song that was the biggest hit, and is very catchy like all the songs on this album. The songs on the album have a relaxed but tuneful vibe, and are all about love so this is an album anybody can relate to. I would say that atomic kitten are 'average' singers, however the background music in this CD helps the singing. Atomic Kitten's songs portray their caring nature to the audience, this CD is also a little soothing to listen to. If you are after a CD that is catchy and easy listening, buy Atomic Kitten - Feels So Good.
My mum bought me this album a few years ago now but I gave it away as I found it boring and samey. The album contains the single It's Ok which is the best song on the album by far. This song has a great melody and it's a feel good slice of pop. I love the layered vocals and it has a summery feel to it too. It's just a great song and it makes me feel good when I hear it. I really do love the song and Natasha's vocals are beautiful on this. She really means everything that she says, well it feels that way anyway. I also like their cover of The Tide Is High, although I prefer the original version by Blondie. They've tried to make the song sound more young and poppy, which it does. I just prefer the original. There's a few ballads on here that are okay. I like Love Doesn't Have To Hurt, although it doesn't really excite me that much now. The Last Goodbye is a gorgeous love song that doesn't sound cheesy, unlike some of their other ballads. However, a few ballads on here are quite poor and not very memorable. They're also a little cliched and poor in terms of vocals. Jenny really can't sing and I hate listening to her scratchy voice, it's like a cat being strangled. I'm sorry Jenny but it's true. Liz sounds okay but there's only really one singer in this band and that's Natasha. I really wanted to hear more of her. The album is a little samey. Towards the end of the album you become tired of hearing the same sort of songs and it does get a little boring. I think this album needed a little more variety as it's just at the same level throughout.
Atomic Kitten were always a kind of black sheep of the all-girl-group fraternity back in their day, never quite managing to establish themselves as a serious girl-band much like The Pussy Cat Dolls struggled in more recent years! Made up of Jenny Frost, my own personal favorite Liz McClarnon (simply because she is soooo easy on the eye) and Natasha Hamilton, their music can best be described as wishy-washy soft-pop that never really amounted too much and was a bit neither here nor there! The most recognisable song on this album is The Tide Is High, made famous before them by Blondie, and was the group's second biggest hit during their time together. Unfortunately the rest of the album is more than a little forgettable. Nothing ever really stands out here and although this is not a bad album neither is it anything special! It is the sort of album that you might want to put on whilst doing something else (such as writing a review for example) and not something to listen to in the car. The only tracks that I paticulary like are It's OK and The Way That You Are and though there are hints of dancey-trancey disco pop evident in the rest of the album, no other songs ever really reach the dizzy heights of these two numbers which are the sort of songs that get stuck in your head only for you to find yourself humming them later on. If the rest of the album was of similar quality then Atomic Kitten might still be around....fact is, they were never strong enough to maintain a big enough fan-base and so all that remains to remember them by now are three very asverage albums of which this was the second!
This was Atomic Kitten's second album and was released in 2002. It features the # 1 hitThe Tide Is High (Get The Feeling) and It's Ok. ***It's Ok!*** This is a fairly quick track that was the lead single. Although it is fairly up-tempo, it isn't one of the album's dancey tracks and is a bit more mellow than many of the other tracks on the album in this respect. ***Love Won't Wait*** This is disco-style song that is similar to Right Now (from their debut album). ***The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling)*** This is a cover of the Blondie track, and is a bit more up-tempo than the original. Because of this, it lacks something compared to Blondie's version and just turns into another of the up-tempo dancey tracks on the album. ***Feels So Good*** The album's title track was written by Kylie Minogue, and is an up-tempo dancey track that wouldn't sound out of place on one of Kylie's own albums. It is probably no coincidence that this was chosen as the title track as it is easily one of the best tracks on the album. ***Walking On The Water*** This is a mid-tempo track that is fairly lively. There are quite a few 'talky/whispery' bits, which I'm not fond of. ***The Moment You Leave Me*** This is a fairly mid-tempo track that becomes quite catchy in the chorus. ***The Last Goodbye*** This is another of the mid-tempo tracks. The verses are a bit slower than on Walking On The Water but the chorus is about the same tempo. It is probably the closest that this album comes to replicating Whole Again, although there are other tracks that are also vaguely similar to that. ***Love Doesn't Have To Hurt*** This is one of the mid-tempo ballads on the album and has soft acoustic backing. This makes a refreshing change to the up-tempo tracks that tend to dominate on the album but it is a bit dull. ***Softer The Touch*** This is another of the up-tempo dancey tracks. ***The Way That You Are*** This is another of the slower tracks on the album. ***Baby Don't Leave Me*** This is another of the up-tempo dancey tracks. ***So Hot*** Like Feels So Good, this dancey track is also in the Kylie vein. The chorus is catchy ***Maybe I'm Right*** This is another of the slower tracks on the album. The vocals sound pretty good here. ***No-One Loves You (Like I Love You)*** This is another of the ballads on the album and quite a bit slower than Love Doesn't Have To Hurt. The vocals here are pretty good and it shows that the girls don't need heavy production to sound good. I'm not keen on the repetitive hook of the chorus though. ***Overall Thoughts*** There are a fair few tracks on this album that aren't a million miles away from Whole Again, which really kickstarted their success (even though they had been around for a while before it was released). Having found success, this album seems to be sticking to that tried-and-tested formula, although there aren't that many tracks here that are quite as good as Whole Again. There is not as much 'attitude' as there was in their debut album, but there are more than a few good and catchy pop songs here. The girls had a hand in writing or co-writing some of the tracks on this album, including The Way That You Are (written by Natasha), So Hot and Baby Don't Leave Me (both of which were co-written by Jenny) and Maybe I'm Right (co-written by Liz).
Atomic Kitten is an all female pop group that rose to the scene in 1999. The three original band members were Liz McClarnon, Kerry Katona and Natasha Hamilton but because of her preganncy in 2001 Kerry Katona left the band and was replaced by Jenny Frost. In order for Natasha Hamilton to spend more time with her young son the band went on haitus in 2004 and haven't been seen around much since. They have released a couple of charity singles but nothing major. Together the band have released four albums and it is their second album 'Feels So Good', which was released in 2002 that I am today going to review. The album reached the number one spot in the UK charts upon it's release. Track Listing 1. It's OK! 2. Love Won't Wait 3. The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling) 4. Feels So Good 5. Walking On The Water 6. The Moment You Leave Me 7. The Last Goodbye 8. Love Doesn't Have To Hurt 9. Softer The Touch 10. The Way That You Are 11. Baby Don't U Hurt Me 12. So Hot 13. Maybe I'm Right 14. No One Loves You (Like I Love You) 15. Whole Again *****Track 1 - It's OK!***** This track was the first released as a single from this album and peaked at number three in the UK. It is an Atomic Kitten original and has quite a unique backing track which has a plethora of string instrument sections throughout. A steady beat also progresses throughout and the vocals seem to stick to this beat although this does suit the overall feel of the song. 8/10 *****Track 2 - Love Won't Wait***** This track again has a steady beat but the vocals in this track don't seem as flowing. In my opinion they seem a little stunted even when it comes to the chorus. This probably has something to do with the nature of the lyrics which are uninspiring to say the least. 4/10 *****Track 3 - The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling) ***** Now I must admit I quite like this track and can understand why it hit the top spot in the UK charts. The track has a very steady and solid beat with catchy lyrics and consistent vocals. The harmonies within the track are also very plesant to listen and show the girls talent rather well. 9/10 *****Track 4 - Feels So Good***** This track has a really catchy backing track,w hcih combined with some pop style lyrics and vocals doesn't make for bad listening to. The harmonies are again very plesant to listen to and overall the vocal performances are more than competent and in keping with the general feel of the track. 8/10 *****Track 5 - Walking On The Water***** This track has a more subtle and softer feel than the previous tracks and this enables some rather nice vocals to filter through. I must admit however that the spoken style of singing that plays it's part in this track isn't something that I am particualrly fond of and doesn't really show the talent that the girls have. 6/10 *****Track 6 - The Moment You Leave Me***** This track is another that has some spoken signing in, which like I have said I'm not particularly a fan off. The chorus however is beautifully sung and I only wish that the rest of the track was like this. The lyrics themselves are decent but let done by the 'speaking'. 7/10 *****Track 7 - The Last Goodbye***** This track is another Atomic Kitten original and probably my favourite track on the album. It was relased as a single but only reached number two in the charts. The track has a pop ballad feel and really suits the girls style. The lyircs tell a decent story and are sung beautifully. In my opinion it is this quality of harmonies and solo vocal performances that the other tracks on the album should but don't always possess. 10/10 *****Track 8 - Love Doesn't Have To Hurt***** This track was also relased as a single and reached number four in the UK charts. The lyircs of this track also tell a decent story and the chorus is once again sung beautifully with some lovely harmonies. The verses however do fall a little flat and resort in part to the 'spoken' style once again. 7/10 *****Track 9 - Softer The Touch***** This track has a more upbeat sound than the previous two tracks and the half spoken half sung style really seems to suit the track as a whole. The chorus is again sung very well as is very catchy with a strong pop influence. On the whole I quite like this track but it is let down by it's positioning on the album in my opinion. 9/10 *****Track 10 - The Way That You Are***** This track is another pop ballad and the vocals are rather nice throughout. The oveall performance is one that is very pleasant to listen to and although the lyrics themselves aren't another particualrly special the general feel of the song and the clear talent makes up for it. 9/10 *****Track 11 - Baby Don't U Hurt Me***** This track is a rather plesant pop ballad to listen to as well. The lyrics are again nothing particualrly special but are sung well by all of the girls. 8/10 *****Track 12 - So Hot***** This track resorts back to the half spoken half sung style that some of the previous ones have had. Luckily this one is slightly more succesful as the punchy beat and upbeat backing track favour this style. 7/10 *****Track 13 - Maybe I'm Right***** This track is a very soft and subtle ballad with a rather delicate backing track. The lyrics themselves are plesanat to listen to and the harmonies are once again of a very high quality. The general vocal performance is strong and confident, which makes the track a pleasure to listen to. 9/10 *****Track 14 - No One Loves You (Like I Love You) ***** The lyrics of this track are rather unique in my opinion and make for rather nice listening to. I must say however that theyw ould have had a much greater impact had the vocals had more power behind them. As it stands they are plesant to listen to but provide no punch like I feel that they should. 7/10 *****Track 15 - Whole Again***** This track is one of the strongest on the album with a really strong party pop ballad feel that really suits the bands overall. The vocal performances have power behind them and are consistent throughout. Furthermore the harmonies are given a lot of light and this is something at which the girls excel. 10/10 My overall score for this album is 118/150, which means that I have given each track on average a score of 7.8/10. This isn't fantastic I must admit but I would still recommend the purchasing of this album if you can find it cheaply enough because there are a couple of really nice tracks on it.
This probably represents the Kittens when they were at their peak. They had achieved number one hits with 'Whole Again' and their version of 'Eternal Flame' and had the pop world at their feet. Who are they: UK based threesome, Natasha, Jenny and Liz. All three have since attempted solo careers of some sort, never matching the success of the group though. Highlights: 'It's Ok' is a wonderfully warm and endearing piece of pop. It has a melody which makes you feel assured and happy. The lyrics work in tandem with the music and the result is a polished track with a heavenly set of harmonies as the chorus arrives. Their take on Blondie's 'The Tide Is High' is interesting, if not a little unmemorable. The vocals are all sweet and enticing, but it lacks the edge that the original had, coming in too clean and by the numbers for me. I rather enjoyed 'Love Doesn't Have To Hurt' which is a quaint little ballad, with an undertstated chorus, in which the girls' vocals really come into their own. I find where there are less instruments to clutter proceedings, you are given a chance to hear that they can actually sing. The highlight is 'The Last Goodbye' which is splendid. The opening has a whistling kind of sound which harks back to the sixities and the melody calls to mind something Petula Clark might have once done. It has a rich chorus and moving verses and really is a must-hear. Overall: 14 tracks , fusing pop, ballads and elements of disco to achieve a rounded sounding album with polished production.
OK, I'm sorta embarrassed in admitting this but i thought they where decent and this was there highlight. It's filled with many songs, that are quite Brilliant. I think this is their best era, and they had alot of hits and success at this period in the career. It's OK, was really good - lyrically and musically, it had a meaningful and fun non serious side to a song, that had a catchy chorus and brillant melody. I think it's my fave song from them, it's their only song that would make me give them the light of the day. I think The Tide Is High, a Blondie cover none the less is another highlight - quite impressive i must say it's got a really good vibe and i think it's rather stunning. Really feel good pop music, they made it brillant by updating it for the new generation, a old song done really well. Lovely video as well. Another of my fave songs is Feels So Good, it's fun and nice to listen to. I also liked So Hot, Love Doesn't Have To Hurt. Atcually praise where it's due Love Doesnt Have To Heart is brillant ain't it. I like Love Won't Wait. The Last Goodbye is emotional and nice. But the rest was rather similiar - a 12 track album would have been much better than album with 2 filler tracs that the album could do without. Great cover, but don't the font look like it was done in MS Paint he he = some really good songs on this, atcually i'd say this is one of the better albums by a girl group from the decade. If i could choose only one Atomic Kitten record, i'd choose this because lyrically and musically it's fun. I mean they aren't brilliant are they singing (imagine if Kerry was in it right now, it'd be really boring). I can't tell them apart, they're so similiar to each other. It's fun and quite nice, really impressed actually.
"Feels So Good" - Atomic Kitten 2002 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The release of their first album 'Right Now' had effectively been a flop , with relatively poor sales , however the Kittens were soon to hit the No.1 spot with the release of the single 'Whole Again' . Just as it took off , Kerry announced her departure from the group ( baby , marriage etc. ) , and was replaced by Jenny. Initially , the Kittens re-recorded 'Whole Again' , then followed this up by completely re-recording and re-issuing ' Right Now' , complete with my cover . With the interest from 'Whole Again' , the album soon became a big hit . With material still available from this album , the Kittens were now able to concentrate on a follow up album , and so into the studio they went.The much awaited album from the Kittens was finally released on 09 / 09 / 2002 , and shot straight to No. 1 in the album charts .... but what is it really like ? ~0~ The Tracks ~0~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Not to be found skimping , fourteen tracks are to be found on the album , with none of the often to be found remixed tracks , added for the sake of bolstering track count . This works out at under a pound per track , not bad value considering the cost of CD singles . The tracks are as follows : 1) "It's OK !" The debut single from the album , and released two months before the album release . Reached No. 1 in the UK , giving the Kittens their second top stop single . Superb vocals on a great pop smash . 2) "Love Won't Wait" . Probably the weakest track on the album . A dance track more akin to Hearsay than recent offerings from the Kittens . Even good vocals can't overturn a poor song . 3) "The Tide Is High ( Get The Feeling )" . The second single release , and another No. 1 single hit . A rehash of Blondie's chart topper with s ome added lyrics , that are blended so seemlessly , that those not old enough to remember the original , would not realise that there are really two songs here . Practically perfect , and only beaten by the 1st remix found on CD1 of the single release. 4) "Feels So Good" . Album filler , pretty much in the vein of track 2 , with a bit more life in it . Co-written by one Kylie Minogue . 5) "Walking On The Water". Written by Andy McClusky ( OMD ) and Stuart Kershaw , the songwriting duo , who gave the Kittens their first No.1 " Whole Again " . Starts off like the bebinning of a disney film soundtrack , but soon gathers pace , to deliver a great pop ballad with catchy chorus . Not the best track on the album , but mark my words this will be the Kittens next No1. single . Truely fantastic , and in the vein of tracks 1) & 3) . 6) "The Moment You Leave Me" Catchy pop song , great vocals , great tune. 7) "The Last Goodbye" . A smoochy upbeat pop ditty , with some half decent guitar playing ( ala recent Madonna releases ) , combined with great vocals . 8) "Love Doesn't Have To Hurt" . A staturesque ballad , that may become many an our tune . Written by the members of The Bangles . 9) "Softer The Touch" . Typical Kitten disco based pop . Not bad , but nothing special . 10) "The Way That You Are" . Co-written by the the Kitten's Natasha , a catchy love song , with good vocalisation . 11) "Baby Don't You Hurt Me" . An up to date Drum and Bass song , that the likes of Kylie would love to record . This part written by the Kittens Jenny . 12) "So Hot" . Would easily fit into the 70's disco era , and certain to be played a lot by DJ's . Fats paced , and very up to the minute. 13) "Maybe I 39;m Right" . A great smoochy , melodic and memorable. 14) "No One Loves You ( Like I Love You) " . The McClusky / Kershaw partnership crops up again this time with a ballad . Definately the best track on the album , but deemed to stay an album track , as of late , Kittens singles comprise of just one track , with remixes to make up the numbers . This track cannot be improved , and re-mixing would not work . Buy the album solely for this record - it really is that good . ~0~ Sleeve ~0~ ~~~~~~~~~~~ Eight pages . The first two comprising of song lyrics . The centre pages comprising of individual group member photographs ( enlargements of the front cover ) and personal thanks . The remainder to group thanks , song credits and a group photo . ~0~ CD Details ~0~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Released 09 / 09 / 2002 ; RRP £11.99 ; Label : Innocent ( Virgin ) ; CDSIN : 724354228025 ; www.atomickitten.com ~0~ Overview ~0~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ On first listening to this album , I thought very little of it - indeed it does take a while to fully appreciate the album as a whole . Don't expect an album of tracks in the vein of "It's OK" , the Kittens can sing in more than just pop mode . What actually made the Kittens was the Kershaw / McClusky / Kitten partnership . Sadly that has floundered , and while initial success has continued with non album follow up singles , only time will tell wether they get decent songwriters to write for them .
I got Atomic Kitten’s new album after hearing a few of the album tracks, and thoroughly liking the #1 single from it, “The Tide Is High”. After having it for a while, I think I could have made a better decision, and maybe gone for Sugababes or something instead. However, that isn’t to say it isn’t a reasonable album. That pretty much sums up the album – a reasonable effort. The first 7 odd tracks are quite good tunes, but the final half is just un interesting. It sounds like there are five songs, each having three versions, just slightly different, and that you only remember one. The singles lifted from the album are three of the four best songs. “The Tide Is High” is a good cover, the catchiest thing here, and probably of the year. “It’s OK” can get a bit tired, but is a good track, and is the second best effort here. “Last Goodbye”, the third single, is also a good song, if a little less memorable than the other two. The other song that just shouts out “single” is “Walking On The Water”. It is a sweeping ballad (the beat sounds very much like “Whole Again”, mind you), with a fantastically catchy chorus. This should be a single. The only other real choice for a single would be the Kylie Minogue penned “Feels So Good”, a good slice of summer pop. However, it certainly isn’t a brilliant track, and probably wouldn’t go down as well as their other singles. The final noticeable track is “Love Won’t Wait” – mainly because it is track two. Still, a good pop song, but not single material. If you really like Atomic Kitten, then go for it, as it isn’t bad at all. But just don’t expect anything better than the singles already offered. I’m sure a real fan will probably love the second half of the album, as they’ll probably take more time to listen to it. If you are like me – a casual fan, wait a while. I would rather much have Sugababes album to be listening to, rather than this gathering dust. Still, I certainly don’t hate it, just not one that really draws you back for another listen. The dull grey artwork doesn’t really help, either.
Since the release of "whole again" 18 months or so ago, Atomic Kitten have got slightly more acceptable to like, and far more popular. However with this second album they try to move ever so slightly away from the total cheese of tracks like "See Ya" and "I Want Your Love". But does it work? I'm not ashamed to admit that I have their first album. Its perfect "bop round your room with a bottle of lambrini whilst getting ready to go out" music. And I'd hoped that the second album was going to be the same. Now don't get me wrong, its not without its cheesy bop-along songs. "Feels So Good" lives up to its name and was written by a certain Miss Minogue, and "So Hot" is a great slice of sex pop written by Jenny Frost of the band. But the dreary mid tempo numbers such as "The moment you Leave", "Love Doesn't Have To Hurt" and "The Way That You Are" take up most of the album and kind of blur into one giant song. Theres a handful of songs that stand out to me. The latest single "The Last Goodbye" which is my favourite. It sounds like it should be a ballad but has a good beat behind it which still allows you to bop! The single version is better than this one as it gives all three a chance to sing. "Its Ok" boasts harmonies the All Saints would have been proud of and "Walking on Water" is a gospel inspired uplifting little number. The album is by no means terrible and is better than the latest offering from the dire S Club but its nowhere near as good as "Right Now" and as so many of the songs sound the same its quite easy to lose track of what you're listening to. The kittens seem to think that by doing an album of songs that all sound the same as Whole Again that they can't go wrong. But I'm going to guess that many fans like me were listening to this desperate for another 39;I want you love'. Natasha's voice is on great form and there's no denying that Liz has dramatically improved over the last year. Its just a shame about Jenny! If you're already a big Ak fan then I would recommend it as its not without its share of good songs. But if you didn't like them before, this album really isn't going to change your mind!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 It's OK
2 Love Won't Wait
3 The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling)
4 Feels So Good
5 Walking On Water
6 The Moment You Leave Me
7 The Last Goodbye
8 Love Doesn't Have To Hurt
9 Softer The Touch
10 The Way That You Are
11 Baby Don't Hurt Me
12 So Hot
13 Maybe I'm Right
14 No One Loves You (Like I Love You)