As cute and charismatic as they are, it's difficult not to think that this U.K. female trio is about a year too late in its bid for stateside success.

As cute and charismatic as they are, it's difficult not to think that this U.K. female trio is about a year too late in its bid for stateside success. They're offering squeaky-clean pop music and well-tailored, good-girl images at a time when edgy hip-hop and white-knuckled rock is dominating U.S. airwaves. Still, it's equally difficult to ignore the fact that half of the tunes on Atomic Kitten's first stateside release have already topped the charts in the U.K. and other European territories. That should be enough incentive for programmers to give this sunny set a fair shake. Upon examination, they'll discover such tasty confections as the twirly, disco-spiced "Feels So Good" and the acoustic-framed shuffle ballad "Love Doesn't Have to Hurt." In a perfect pop world, this project would be an easy smash hit. Given today's musical climate, one can only hope that it doesn't disappear without a trace.—LF

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