Fires

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2012
  • Label: Polydor Uk
  • UPC: 602537077809
  • Catalog Number: 3707780
  • Sales rank: 73,202

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fires (3:52)
  2. 2 I've Got You (3:53)
  3. 3 Love You and Leave You (3:15)
  4. 4 Nineteen Again (3:21)
  5. 5 Wasted Light (4:03)
  6. 6 Lullaby - Kizmusic (3:57)
  7. 7 Easy Now My Dear (3:46)
  8. 8 NYC Girl (3:48)
  9. 9 Oxygen (3:19)
  10. 10 Close Your Eyes (3:59)
  11. 11 Get Back to What Is Real (3:20)
  12. 12 The One You Love (4:42)
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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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