Duet

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Following in the footsteps of fellow Irish boy bander Brian McFadden, Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating appears to have adopted the land down under as his second home after becoming the winning mentor on the Seven Network's version of The X-Factor, with his seventh studio album, Duet, recorded specifically for the Australia and New Zealand market. As its title suggests, its 12 tracks are each performed with a guest vocalist, from the hugely established (Elton John on a live 2000 performance of "Your Song" at Madison Square Gardens) to the lesser-known who have yet to find an audience outside their homeland (fellow talent show judge and Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Following in the footsteps of fellow Irish boy bander Brian McFadden, Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating appears to have adopted the land down under as his second home after becoming the winning mentor on the Seven Network's version of The X-Factor, with his seventh studio album, Duet, recorded specifically for the Australia and New Zealand market. As its title suggests, its 12 tracks are each performed with a guest vocalist, from the hugely established (Elton John on a live 2000 performance of "Your Song" at Madison Square Gardens) to the lesser-known who have yet to find an audience outside their homeland (fellow talent show judge and Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian on "All for One"). His third covers-heavy album in a row following Songs for My Mother and Winter Songs, Duet isn't exactly poles apart from the kind of karaoke performances Keating has recently been judging on The X-Factor. "Islands in the Stream" is a bland and unremarkable take on the Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers standard featuring sister country music trio the McClymonts, "Say Say Say" is a cheap-sounding rendition of the Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson '80s classic with R&B singer Adeaze, while "Wild World," a duet with Marvin Priest, whose father also covered the Cat Stevens original, adds nothing new to either version. The rest of Duet is a curious affair which acts as an alternative retrospective of the Dubliner's 11-year solo career. "Believe Again" is a trashy Euro-pop reworking of the track he penned for Denmark's 2009 Eurovision Song Contest entry with Fijian-born vocalist Paulini; "The Long Goodbye" is a newly recorded version of his 2004 hit ballad with country star Lee Kernaghan' while "To Love Somebody" is an interpretation of the Bee Gees' soulful ballad with Brian McFadden, formerly one-fifth of the band Keating used to manage. Elsewhere, there are also more familiar past releases, including "Father and Son" (a rather touching duet with Cat Stevens), the LeAnn Rimes-featuring "Last Thing on My Mind" (one of Keating's best singles) and "We've Got Tonight" (a surprisingly restrained take on the Bob Seger classic). But with the best material already available elsewhere, and Greg Wells' inoffensive production rendering the brand new covers rather pointless, Duet does little to dispel the feeling that Keating is simply going through the motions.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2010
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 602527563855
  • Catalog Number: 2756385
  • Sales rank: 72,122

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Say Say Say - Adeaze (3:49)
  2. 2 All For Love - Brian McFadden (4:45)
  3. 3 The Believe Again - Paulini (3:40)
  4. 4 To Love Somebody - The McClymonts (3:24)
  5. 5 Islands In the Stream - The McClymonts (4:01)
  6. 6 Wild World - Marvin Priest (3:21)
  7. 7 The Long Goodbye - Paulini (4:13)
  8. 8 Last Thing On My Mind (3:58)
  9. 9 Father and Son (3:22)
  10. 10 We've Got Tonight (3:38)
  11. 11 Your Song (4:06)
  12. 12 It's Only Christmas - Hayley Westenra (3:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ronan Keating Primary Artist, Vocals
Elton John Piano, Vocals
John Jorgenson Guitar, Vocals
Davey Johnstone Guitar, Vocals
Lulu Vocals
Guy Babylon Keyboards
Mark Berrow Violin
Curt Bisquera Drums
Steve Lipson Guitar
The London Session Orchestra Strings
Dominic Miller Guitar
Nigel Olsson Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Steve Pearce Bass Guitar
Steve Robson Guitar, Keyboards
Greg Wells Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums
Yusuf (Cat Stevens) Vocals
LeAnn Rimes Vocals
Steve Mac Piano, Wurlitzer
Shawn Lee Percussion, Drums
Everton Nelson Violin
Lee Kernaghan Vocals
Chris Laws Drums
Pete Murray Keyboards
Ken Stacey Background Vocals
Bob Burch Bass, Vocals
Rob Wells Synthesizer
Hayley Westenra Vocals
Guy Sebastian Vocals
Rohan Thomas Keyboards
Brian McFadden Vocals
Adeaze Vocals
Paulini Vocals
The McClymonts Vocals
Ash Soan Drums
Marvin Priest Vocals
Gavin Wright Violin
Fridrik "Frizzy" Karlsson Guitar
Christopher Tombling Violin
Boguslav Kostecki Violin
David Woodcock Violin
Peter Hanson Violin
Billy Trudel Background Vocals
Tracy Ackerman Background Vocals
John Mahon Percussion, Vocals
Wil Malone Conductor
Technical Credits
Paul Brady Composer
Michael Jackson Composer
Elton John Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Cat Stevens Composer
Michael Kamen Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Davey Johnstone Musical Director
Barry Gibb Composer
Tony Cousins Mastering
Frank Filipetti Engineer
Maurice Gibb Composer
Steve Lipson Programming, Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Bill Padley Arranger, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Phil Ramone Producer
Steve Robson Composer, Producer
Bob Seger Composer
Ren Swan Engineer
Bernie Taupin Composer
Greg Wells Programming, Producer
Lars Jensen Composer
Steve Mac Producer
Ronan Keating Composer
Martin Larsson Composer
Steve Lowe Vocal Producer
Mark Plunkett Management
Chris Laws Engineer
Ian Tilley Vocal Producer
Pete Murray Arranger
Tony Buchen Engineer
Rob Wells Programming
Jem Godfrey Arranger, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Ian MacGregor Engineer
Graham Archer Drum Engineering
Eric Schilling Engineer
P. Barry Composer
R.J. Lange Composer
Wil Malone String Arrangements
Nigel Stanislaus grooming
Kathy Kemp Art Direction
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