Fires

Fires

by Ronan Keating
     
 
In the six years since his last "proper" studio effort, Ronan Keating has reunited with his '90s boy band Boyzone, had to deal with the tragic loss of bandmate Steven Gately, and split from his wife of 13 years after an alleged affair. Not that you'd know any of this from his ninth solo record, Fires, a

Overview

In the six years since his last "proper" studio effort, Ronan Keating has reunited with his '90s boy band Boyzone, had to deal with the tragic loss of bandmate Steven Gately, and split from his wife of 13 years after an alleged affair. Not that you'd know any of this from his ninth solo record, Fires, a return to the joyous guitar pop of his early-2000s material which offers little, if any, insight into the most turbulent period of his personal life. It's a missed opportunity to reveal the real man behind the sunny Irish disposition then, but Fires does suggest that Keating has got some of his creative mojo back. Indeed, after four albums of Mothers' Day-friendly cover versions, it's quite the shock that every single one of Fires' 12 tracks is a new composition, and even more so that the number of uptempo songs far outweigh the ballads. There are even brushes with campy, Scissor Sisters-esque disco-pop on "NYC Girl" and hip-hop with "Lullaby," although Kizmusic's awkward rap on the latter is hopelessly misguided. But it's the two numbers penned with previous cohort, former New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander, that are likely to provide the hits. "Nineteen Again" is essentially a retread of his chart-topper "Life Is a Rollercoaster," but it's so infectious it doesn't really matter, while the feel-good, '80s FM rock of "Get Back to What Is Real" proves Keating is far more tolerable when he's trying to be Bryan Adams rather than Daniel O'Donnell. The romantic "Easy Now My Dear" and "The One You Love" should add to his canon of offensively inoffensive wedding favorites. But overall, the schmaltz is kept to a bare minimum on a record which might just prove to be the kick up the backside his solo career needed.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2012
Label:
Polydor Uk
UPC:
0602537077809
catalogNumber:
3707780

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronan Keating   Primary Artist,Vocals
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
Rusty Anderson   Electric Guitar
Curt Bisquera   Drums
Geoff Dugmore   Drums
Steve Lipson   Guitar,Mandolin
Rick Nowels   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Strings,Background Vocals,Mellotron,chamberlain
Tim Pierce   Electric Guitar
Matt Schwartz   Guitar
Patrick Warren   Synthesizer,Strings
Pete Murray   Keyboards
Kieron Menzies   Percussion
Shelly Poole   Background Vocals
James Canty   Mandolin
Dean Reid   Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Ash Soan   Drums
Steve Rushton   Background Vocals
Henrik Michelsen   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Cass Lowe   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Kirsten Joy   Background Vocals
Edvard Førre Erfjord   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Fabian Prynn   Drums

Technical Credits

Gregg Alexander   Composer,Producer
Chris Garcia   Engineer
Steve Lipson   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Rick Nowels   Composer,Producer
Brian Rawling   Producer
Matt Schwartz   Programming
Ronan Keating   Composer
Paul Meehan   Producer
Kieron Menzies   Engineer
Tony Buchen   Engineer
George Apsion   Engineer
Gary Go   Composer
Dean Reid   Engineer,drum programming
Henrik Michelsen   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Jon Gilbert   Artwork
Cass Lowe   Composer,Programming,Producer
Michael Freyer   Engineer
Sarah Bridson   grooming
Edvard Førre Erfjord   Composer,Programming,Instrumentation
Odd Jensen   Composer,Programming,Producer
Dash Jones   Composer

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