Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Atomic Kitten 'Love Doesn't Have To Hurt'

Chart Peak: 4
Due for release on 31/03/03, 'Love Doesn't Have To Hurt' is a smooth and soulful acoustic ballad... It is Liz, Tash and Jenny's first single of 2003, following their string of European hits 'It's OK', 'The Tide Is High' and 'The Last Goodbye' in 2002.
Well, I can't argue that it's smooth, although I'm not sure I would describe it as "soulful", "acoustic" or a "ballad". In fact it has that very 2003 mid-tempo curse and although the production certainly includes acoustic guitars it has that rather stolid sound of an act who want to get onto radio in America. They didn't succeed even with a song co-written by Susanna Hoffs - presumably as a leftover from one of her other projects rather than because she was trying to make a career out of writing songs for Atomic Kitten. It's hard to say that there's anything much wrong with this but there's nothing much right with it either and by this point there were too many similar Atomic Kitten singles coming out one after the other for me to give them any benefit of the doubt.

Also appearing on: Now 45, 46, 48, 49, 52, 53, 56, 57 [with Kool And The Gang], 58, 60
Available on: Greatest Hits

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