Natasha Thomas - Why (Does Your Love Hurt So Much)
The Danes have been getting a bit of a bad press lately, so here to win back any lost Dane-lovers is Natasha Thomas, one of their surprisingly few (considering they are so close to Sweden, although they are also near Belgium) good pop acts. This song was released in 2003, when Natasha was only 16, and was a big hit in Germany where I went on holiday that summer. I loved Why becase it sounds a bit like Ace of Base, so I wasn't surprised to learn that she had worked with some of the same producers as them. You may recognise Natasha as the girl from the Lacoste adverts, and soon you should see her on the music channels if you have them because her new single (the first to get a UK release) has just been added to a few of them. The new song is called Skin Deep and is a cover of a brilliant flop pop single from a few years ago, originally sung by a rather mysterious female singer called Anniq who was never heard of again. Natasha plans to release her album in the UK this month, but I don't think I'll be buying it since I've heard she has taken a cheap r'n'b direction! However, it does include songs called State of Mind and Curious so I'll be interested to find out if either or both of these are the Holly Valance tracks of the same names.