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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Following in the footsteps of rival boy band Take That, Boyzone reunited during the late 2000s and made plans for a comeback album that would eventually be released as Brother. However, the death of bandmember Stephen Gately in 2009 seriously put into question whether or not this comeback album would ever see the light of day. Fortunately for those Boyzone fans eager to hear how the now-grown-up Irish boy band might sound after all these years, the remaining four bandmembers followed through with their plans and finished Brother, a safe and carefully crafted album dedicated to Gately (i.e., their fallen brother) that includes his vocals on two songs ("Gave It All ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Following in the footsteps of rival boy band Take That, Boyzone reunited during the late 2000s and made plans for a comeback album that would eventually be released as Brother. However, the death of bandmember Stephen Gately in 2009 seriously put into question whether or not this comeback album would ever see the light of day. Fortunately for those Boyzone fans eager to hear how the now-grown-up Irish boy band might sound after all these years, the remaining four bandmembers followed through with their plans and finished Brother, a safe and carefully crafted album dedicated to Gately (i.e., their fallen brother) that includes his vocals on two songs ("Gave It All Away," "Stronger") and addresses him on another ("One More Song"). While Brother is far more adult-oriented than Boyzone's first three albums, Said and Done (1995), A Different Beat (1996), and Where We Belong (1998), it's not too much of a departure in any other respect, which should delight fans eager for more material. To no one's surprise, it's a ballad-heavy effort with lots of piano melodies, string arrangements, and grandiose choruses. As is customary, Ronan Keating takes many of the album's lead vocals. One difference between Brother and Boyzone albums of the past is the absence of cover material. A long list of industry professionals are credited with writing the songs, the most notable of them pop superstar Mika, who penned the album-opening lead single, "Gave It All Away." It's a good song with glimmers of greatness, in particular the first minute of the song, where Gately is hauntingly heard singing "I will learn to live before I die" over an eerie backward-tracked string arrangement. Most impressive is the second track on the album, "Love Is a Hurricane," a showcase for Keating that marks the high point of Brother. Other standout tracks include the Mikey Graham showcase "Ruby" and "Right Here Waiting," an uplifting song of hope that follows the mid-album Gately tribute "One More Song."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/8/2010
  • Label: Polydor Uk
  • UPC: 602527336091
  • Catalog Number: 2733609
  • Sales rank: 59,023

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gave It All Away (4:27)
  2. 2 Love Is a Hurricane (3:30)
  3. 3 Ruby (4:27)
  4. 4 Too Late for Hallelujah (3:38)
  5. 5 Separate Cars (3:11)
  6. 6 One More Song (3:33)
  7. 7 Right Here (3:38)
  8. 8 Nothing Without You (3:20)
  9. 9 'Til the Sun Goes Down (3:45)
  10. 10 Time (4:10)
  11. 11 Let Your Wall Fall Down (5:11)
  12. 12 Stronger (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Boyzone Primary Artist
Steve Lipson Guitar
Greg Wells Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums
Craig Wiseman Guitar
Andy Caine Vocals
Ash Soan Drums
Technical Credits
Gregg Alexander Composer
Chris Braide Composer
Andy Hill Composer
Steve Lipson Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Sharon Vaughn Composer
Greg Wells Composer, Producer
Craig Wiseman Composer
Tom Shapiro Composer
Danielle Brisebois Composer
Terry Martin Composer
Ollie Jacobs Vocal Producer
Mark Plunkett Management
Julian Emery Composer
Louis Walsh Management
Simon Emmett Cover Photo
Rob Wells Programming
Ian MacGregor Engineer
Catt Gravitt Composer
Matt Hales Composer
Don Mescall Composer
Shelly Poole Composer
Jack McManus Composer
Emma Rohan Composer
Busbee Composer
Jim Irvin Composer
Carl Falk Composer
Mark "Tufty" Evans Engineer
Karen Poole Composer
Jez Ashurst Composer
Sarah Bridson grooming
Kim Oliver Composer
Peter-John Vetesse Composer, Engineer, Choir Arrangement
Sean Conlan Composer
Chris Nicoladies drum programming
Avril Mackintosh Pro-Tools
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