Where We Are

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All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Westlife's ninth album, Where We Are, follows a yearlong sabbatical that the bandmembers took after celebrating their tenth anniversary with the concert video 10 Years of Westlife -- Live at Croke Park Stadium (2008). Where We Are was billed as a slight change in direction by the boy band, whose formula for chart-topping success had become overly predictable in recent years. In search of a fresh approach, they worked with a lot of American songwriters and producers, most notably Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, who co-wrote and produced two of the album highlights, "Shadows" and "Where We Are." They also worked extensively with the veteran American R&B hitmakers Louis ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
Westlife's ninth album, Where We Are, follows a yearlong sabbatical that the bandmembers took after celebrating their tenth anniversary with the concert video 10 Years of Westlife -- Live at Croke Park Stadium (2008). Where We Are was billed as a slight change in direction by the boy band, whose formula for chart-topping success had become overly predictable in recent years. In search of a fresh approach, they worked with a lot of American songwriters and producers, most notably Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, who co-wrote and produced two of the album highlights, "Shadows" and "Where We Are." They also worked extensively with the veteran American R&B hitmakers Louis Biancaniello and Sam Watters, who are credited with three songs ("How to Break a Heart," "Leaving," "Sound of a Broken Heart"). Another album highlight, "The Difference," comes courtesy of Anne Preven and Scott Cutler, formerly of the Los Angeles alternative rock band Ednaswap, whose song "Torn" was an international smash hit for Natalie Imbruglia in 1997. Moreover, the album's lead single, "What About Now," is a cover version of a hit single by American Idol winner Daughtry that was co-written by Evanescence bandmembers Ben Moody and David Hodges. Despite all of this American input, Where We Are sounds like any other Westlife album, in part because it's such an assembly-line effort (by one count there are 29 different songwriters and 17 different producers credited on the 13 songs). As always, the album is comprised of power ballads about love and heartbreak with soaring string arrangements and earnest vocal performances by the bandmembers. Fortunately, there are many first-rate songs here -- more or less the entire first half of the album -- and the production is polished to perfection. Fans content with more of the same should find plenty to enjoy on Where We Are, another in a long line of Westlife albums sure to generate one smash hit after another.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/8/2009
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 886976112721
  • Catalog Number: 7611272
  • Sales rank: 41,006

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 What About Now (4:11)
  2. 2 How to Break a Heart (4:05)
  3. 3 Leaving (3:58)
  4. 4 Shadows (4:02)
  5. 5 Talk Me Down (4:02)
  6. 6 Where We Are (3:58)
  7. 7 The Difference (3:31)
  8. 8 As Love is My Witness (4:08)
  9. 9 Another World (3:16)
  10. 10 No More Heroes (3:58)
  11. 11 Sound of a Broken Heart (3:51)
  12. 12 Reach Out (3:57)
  13. 13 I'll See You Again (5:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Westlife Primary Artist
Brian Kennedy Guitar
David Angell Violin
Louis Biancaniello Guitar, Keyboards
Steve Booker Bass, Keyboards
Jeff Bova Strings
John Catchings Cello
Scott Cutler Guitar, Egg Shaker
David Davidson Violin
Priscilla Jones Vocals
Peter Ljung Piano
The London Session Orchestra Strings
Doug Petty Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Edward Shearmur Strings
Neal Wilkinson Drums
Kris Wilkinson Violin, Viola
Simon Hale Strings
Will Malone Synthesizer, Keyboards
John Parricelli Guitar
Esbjörn Öhrwall Guitar
Christian Howes Strings
Carol Riley Vocals
Wayne Wilkins Keyboards
Martin Terefe Bass
Bobby Shin Strings
Zac Rae Guitar
Simon Petty Acoustic Guitar
Mark Feehily Vocals
Jim Jonsin Keyboards
Andreas Olsson Keyboards
Millennia Strings Strings
Ryan Tedder Guitar, Piano, Strings
Karl Brazil Drums
Sophie Delila Piano
Stockholm Session Strings Strings
Kristoffer Sonne Drums
Luke Potashnick Guitar
Candace Johnson Vocals
Ian Pitter Vocals
Nikolaj Torplarsen Piano, Keyboards
Subrina McCalla Vocals
Paul Beard Piano
The Love Sponge Strings Strings
Jesse Astin Egg Shaker
John Garrison Bass
Bryon Jones Vocals
Althea Edwards Vocals
Heard But Not Seen Choir Choir, Chorus
Vanessa Addo-Yeboah Vocals
Candice Mimi-Appiah Vocals
Nikolaj Juel Christiansen Guitar
Technical Credits
Brian Kennedy Programming, Producer
Louis Biancaniello Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Steve Booker Composer, Programming, Producer
Jeff Bova String Arrangements
Chris Braide Composer, Producer
Scott Cutler Composer, Programming, Producer
David Davidson Orchestration, String Transcription
Andy Hill Producer, Additional Production
Henrik Janson String Arrangements
Jon Kelly Engineer
Doug Petty drum programming
Steve Robson Producer
Greg Wells Producer, Instrumentation
Simon Hale Arranger
Jeremy Wheatley String Arrangements
Will Malone Programming, String Arrangements
Sam Watters Composer, Producer, Engineer
Lawrence Johnson Vocal Arrangements
Emanuel Kiriakou Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Anne Preven Composer, Producer
James Scheffer Composer, Producer
Conner Reeves Composer, Producer
Shaznay Lewis Composer, Producer
Neil Tucker Engineer
Ian Agate Engineer
Wayne Wilkins Composer, Programming, Producer
Quiz Additional Production
Richard Flack Engineer
Martin Terefe Producer
Lindy Robbins Composer, Producer
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane Programming, Instrumentation
Noel Zancanella Engineer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Zac Rae Programming
Simon Petty Composer, Producer
Mark Feehily Composer, Producer
Jim Jonsin Programming, Producer
Josef Larossi Programming, Instrumentation
Andreas Olsson Programming
Dyre Gormsen Engineer
Ryan Tedder Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
David Hodges Composer
Ben Moody Composer
Sophie Delila Composer, Producer
Larossi Engineer, Additional Production
Luke Tozour Engineer
Damien Lewis Engineer
Savan Kotecha Composer, Producer
Iain Hill Engineer
Bryn Christopher Producer
Nikolaj Torplarsen Arranger
Joel Anderson Cover Photo
Ross Parkin Engineer
Quiz Engineer
John Reid Composer
Carl Falk Composer, Producer
Shelley Poole Producer
Alexander McLean Composer, Producer
Chris Blade Arranger, Producer
Bryan Christopher Composer
Brian Kennedy Seals Composer
Joshua Hartzler Composer
Jonathan Shorten Composer, Producer
Jon Reid Producer
Steven Lee Olsen Composer, Producer
Rob Marks Engineer
Quix Engineer
Steve Anderson Arranger, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    WHERE WE ARE

    Westlife's best record to date. Mature vocally and musically but keeping the signature sound of Westlife. Lyric content is also more grown up and reflective of life. When one listens to the record they will be able to tell that there was no skimping on any part of the creation process. There isn't a rushed feel to the record. Superb WESTLIFE product. I love pop music but this took pop to a whole new level for Westlife. Can't wait to see what they put out next.

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