Lee Ryan

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Four-piece boy band Blue started out with the intentions of becoming the U.K.'s answer to slick R&B vocal groups like Next and Dru Hill, but ended up more like the male version of Atomic Kitten. Six months after announcing their split, their most vocal member, both in and outside the band, Lee Ryan, becomes their first to launch a solo career, hoping to claw back some of the fan base they lost with their later bland and derivative output. His self-titled debut album, recorded with the likes of Cutfather & Joe and Wayne Hector & Steve Mac, suggests that the tinny mobile ringtone-led "Curtain Falls" and the karaoke cover of Kool & the Gang's "Get Down on It," ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Four-piece boy band Blue started out with the intentions of becoming the U.K.'s answer to slick R&B vocal groups like Next and Dru Hill, but ended up more like the male version of Atomic Kitten. Six months after announcing their split, their most vocal member, both in and outside the band, Lee Ryan, becomes their first to launch a solo career, hoping to claw back some of the fan base they lost with their later bland and derivative output. His self-titled debut album, recorded with the likes of Cutfather & Joe and Wayne Hector & Steve Mac, suggests that the tinny mobile ringtone-led "Curtain Falls" and the karaoke cover of Kool & the Gang's "Get Down on It," Blue's two final singles, are a thing of the past. The first two singles, "Army of Lovers," a lightly strummed wistfully romantic love song full of chiming guitars, and "Turn Your Car Around," a brooding slice of radio-friendly driving soft rock with a slight flamenco feel, echo the mellow acoustic pop of Robbie Williams' Escapology, as do the mature "Daydreamer" and the piano-driven "Wish the Whole World Knew." However, Blue's previous collaboration with Stevie Wonder and Angie Stone appears to have given Ryan some ideas, as the other half of his first effort opts for a classic neo-soul-influenced sound, as evident on the slinky brass-led "When I Think of You," the funky Maxwell-esque Ice Age soundtrack number "Real Love," and the O'Jays-style harmonies of "Miss My Everything." It might have taken four albums, but Ryan also finally seems to have learned that sometimes less is more, with the former overbearing vocal histrionics -- which made him sound like he was being tortured -- thankfully toned down in favor of a more subtle, emotive, and soulful manner that allows his undeniable talents to be more warmly appreciated. The album's final two tracks, "How Do I?" and "In the Morning," are typical overly earnest boy band ballads, and lyrically, Ryan hasn't really progressed beyond the "moon in June" school of writing. But having abandoned any notions of competing with his U.S. contemporaries, Ryan has produced a surprisingly sophisticated and authentic debut that -- if he can keep his outspoken opinions to a minimum -- should allow the music to do the talking.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 828767170725
  • Catalog Number: 671707
  • Sales rank: 2,007

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Army of Lovers (2:56)
  2. 2 Turn Your Car Around (3:10)
  3. 3 When I Think of You (3:38)
  4. 4 Real Love (3:15)
  5. 5 Parking (3:22)
  6. 6 Wish the Whole World Knew (4:07)
  7. 7 Close to You (3:51)
  8. 8 Miss My Everything (3:58)
  9. 9 Daydreamer (3:31)
  10. 10 Jump (4:07)
  11. 11 How Do I? (3:47)
  12. 12 In the Morning (3:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Ryan Primary Artist
Ian Thomas Drums
Pete Davis Keyboards
Geoff Dugmore Drums
Paul Gendler Guitar
Martin Harrington Piano, Keyboards
Steve Lewinson Bass
Steve Pearce Bass
John Themis Guitar
Simon Hale Conductor
Andy Caine Background Vocals
Joe Belmaati Keyboards
Ash Howes Bass
Rosie Wetters Leader
Steve Mac Piano, Keyboards
Wayne Hector Background Vocals
Yvonne John Lewis Background Vocals
David Treahearn Keyboards
Seton Daunt Guitar
Rob Haggett Keyboards
Nigel Hoyle Electric Guitar
Mich Hedin Hansen Percussion
Ciara Newell Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Cutfather Producer
Pete Davis Programming
Martin Harrington Producer, Instrumentation
Gavyn Wright Orchestra Leader
Simon Hale String Arrangements
Joe Belmaati Programming
Ash Howes Producer, Instrumentation
Rosie Wetters String Arrangements
Steve Mac Producer
Nick Scott Management
Chris Laws Engineer
Lee Ryan Producer
David Treahearn Programming, Engineer
Rob Haggett Programming, Engineer
Hugh Goldsmith Executive Producer
Ne-Yo Vocal Producer
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