Destination

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All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
Not since his days with Belinda Carlisle had writer and producer Rick Nowels invested as much of himself into a singer's career. On Ronan Keating's Destination, his collaborations with Gregg Alexander, totaling nine tracks, offer more upbeat, guitar-infused pop confections, with background vocals to spare, than any listener of Ronan's very mellow debut album could have expected. But these songs with hard rock potential, in the hands of the neighborhood charmer from Ireland, are kept well-mannered; if Meat Loaf had gotten his clutches on them, we'd be discussing a very different album, but Meat Loaf's loss is Corned Beef and Cabbage's gain, or...where were we..."Pickin' ...
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All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
Not since his days with Belinda Carlisle had writer and producer Rick Nowels invested as much of himself into a singer's career. On Ronan Keating's Destination, his collaborations with Gregg Alexander, totaling nine tracks, offer more upbeat, guitar-infused pop confections, with background vocals to spare, than any listener of Ronan's very mellow debut album could have expected. But these songs with hard rock potential, in the hands of the neighborhood charmer from Ireland, are kept well-mannered; if Meat Loaf had gotten his clutches on them, we'd be discussing a very different album, but Meat Loaf's loss is Corned Beef and Cabbage's gain, or...where were we..."Pickin' Me Up" is a hip, indulgent, sparkling mix of theatrical pop and rock, with lyrics including "Fat farm, skinny school, we've lost the plot," and touches on CNN, African genocide, and "a world of plenty run by thieves," while sounding slick and joyful every bit of the way. Well, of course it's joyful -- how many depressing songs can you name that rhyme "Niagara" with "Viagra"? It's the best of the upbeat offerings, but there are others, notably the first single off the album, "Lovin' Each Day," "I Love It When We Do," and "Blown Away" all of which are as corny as Iowa, and as catchy as Yogi Berra. "Joy and Pain" is a pleasing soulful, gospel pop song, and because Ronan's voice tends to lull after several tracks, it's nice to hear him backed by strong female vocals. He makes room for breathing with Garth Brooks' "If Tomorrow Never Comes," a cover of "We've Got Tonight" sung here with Lulu, and his self-penned weeper "The Long Goodbye." The U.K. release features the R&B bonus track "I Got My Heart on You," which neither adds nor detracts from the quality of the other songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/5/2005
  • Label: Polygram Int'l
  • UPC: 731458979920
  • Catalog Number: 589799

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ronan Keating Primary Artist
Lulu Vocals
Sue Ann Carwell Background Vocals
Tracie Ackerman Background Vocals
Rusty Anderson Electric Guitar, Bazouki
Máire Breatnach Violin
Liam Bradley Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Alex Brown Background Vocals
Denny Fongheiser Percussion, Cymbals, Tom-Tom
Angie Giles Background Vocals
Charles Judge Piano, Keyboards
Greg Kurstin Keyboards
Calum MacColl Guitar, Background Vocals
James McNally Piano, Bodhran
Rick Nowels Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Mellotron, Wurlitzer
Bill Padley Background Vocals, Multi Instruments, Musician
Pino Palladino Bass, Bass Guitar
Steve Pearce Bass, Bass Guitar
John Pierce Bass
Tim Pierce Electric Guitar
Alfie Silas Background Vocals
John Themis Guitar, Percussion, Bazouki
Julie Thompson Background Vocals
Paul Turner Bass, Guitar
Dave Arch Piano
Danielle Brisebois Background Vocals
Steve Lee Background Vocals
Steve Mac Keyboards
Kieran Kiely Piano, Hammond Organ
Chris Laws Drums
Wayne Rodrigues Drums, Keyboards
Crystal Murden Background Vocals
Eddie Hession Accordion
Tuff Session Singers Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Garth Brooks Composer
Paul Brady Composer
Gregg Alexander Composer, Producer
Liam Bradley Producer
Dave Dale Engineer
Rob Jacobs Engineer
Charles Judge Engineer, Digital Editing, Sound Design, Pro-Tools
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Calum MacColl Producer
Rick Nowels Composer, Producer
Bill Padley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jess Sutcliffe Engineer
Dave Arch String Arrangements
Randy Wine Engineer
Kent Blazy Composer
Alastair McMillan Engineer
Steve Mac Arranger, Producer
Ronan Keating Composer
Chris Laws Engineer
Wayne Rodrigues Digital Editing, drum programming
Ed Colman Engineer
Yoad Nevo Programming
Jem Godfrey Producer
Eddie Hession Accordian Arranger
Chris Brown Engineer
Tim Young Mastering
Avril Mackintosh Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, Remixing, Vocal Producer, Pro-Tools
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