Atomic Kitten - Someone Like Me / Right Now (Innocent)
UK release date: 29 March 2004
When Atomic Kitten is mentioned, it's hard not to think of a talentless, commercial band who mime to even their slowest of songs. With the news of the band taking a "break", this is set to be their last single while Liz and Jenny launch their solo careers. The double-sided effort consists of a remix of debut hit Right Now and a new ballad. Right Now 2004 is meant to be a dancier, poppier version than the original, boasting more change than can actually be heard.
For every upbeat song, there has to be a mellow, depressing, "My world is slowly caving in but I'm rich so I'll smile while I mime," type of ditty - such as Someone Like Me. Musically, though, the girls show a bit of independence with the incorporation of Liz's piano skills and do move away from the cheesy, bubblegum sound of many a pop band.
However hard I try to be positive about this, I can't be. Pop represented by stunning 20-something year olds but written by fat middle-aged men is so passť, especially 10 years or so after the creation of the then queens of pop, the Spice Girls. Their fan base may fall for the Kittens last-ever single ploy but the rest will just overlook it, as they should.