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Atomic Betty

  • 1. Atomic Betty - (with Atomic Betty)
    2. Supersonic Tronic Kinda Girl - (with Atomic Betty)
    3. Alien Ball (Do the Betty!) - (with Atomic Betty)
    4. Dog Star Sirius - (with Atomic Betty)
    5. Feeling Called Love, A - (with Atomic Betty)
    6. Hold On - (with Atomic Betty)
    7. Back in Space - (with Atomic Betty)
    8. This Cat's Coming After You - (with Atomic Betty)
    9. That's What I Do - (with Atomic Betty)
    10. Don't Surrender - (with Atomic Betty)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9988

  • Credits
    ProducerJack Lenz; Kevin Gillis; Kevin Gillis; Jack Lenz

    Atomic Betty: Neil Chapman, Ricky Tillo (guitars, bass instrument); Robert Bailey (bass instrument); John McCreath (drums); Byram "Slakah" Joseph (programming); Sharon Lee Williams, Jason Simmons, Douglas John Cameron (background vocals); Jack Lenz, Tajja Isen, Joel Feeney, Neil Donell.
    Personnel: Tajja Isen (vocals, background vocals); Ricky Tillo, Neil Chapman (guitar); Jack Lenz, Robert Bailey (keyboards); Orest Hrynewich (programming); Joel Feeney, Neil Donell (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Michael Jack.
    Recording information: Accomplice Studios, Toronto, CA; Phase One Studios, Toronto, CA.
    Editor: Michael Jack.
    The soundtrack album to the Canadian-produced Cartoon Network series Atomic Betty is a mixture of both versions of Josie and the Pussycats, the original '70s bubblegum and the Kay Hanley-led punk-pop of the underrated 2001 film remake. Although these songs have flashes of the giddy energy of modern-day power pop, particularly on the genuinely catchy theme song, they're as bland and watered down as the sort of inoffensive bubblegum that's been the mainstay of similar cartoons since the days of Scooby-Doo. The one thing the album has going for it, besides some snazzy graphics in the show's appealing retro-futuristic style, is voice actress Tajja Isen's lead vocals as Atomic Betty herself. Only 13 when the album was recorded, Isen has a real teenager's voice (in much the same way the similarly young Lesley Gore did in the early '60s) that puts across the songs in a more believably wide-eyed way than an adult actress mimicking an adolescent's voice could ever manage. (Go back and listen to future Luna bassist Britta Philips' records as '80s cartoon rock star Jem for an example of how wrong that sort of thing can go.) Although it will be a guilty pleasure at best for anyone over the age of 14, Atomic Betty is still considerably more entertaining than a lot of other pop music aimed at the tween market, and the parents of these kids can take heart in the fact that it's not much of a leap from this to, say, the Apples in Stereo. ~ Stewart Mason

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