by Ronan Keating


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/23/2010
Label: Universal Import
UPC: 0602527563855
catalogNumber: 2756385
Rank: 65322

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
Stephen Lipson   Guitar
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
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
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
McClymonts   Vocals
Ash Soan   Drums
Marvin Priest   Vocals
Gavin Wright   Violin
Fridrik "Frizzy" Karlsson   Guitar
Christopher Tombling   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
Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Michael Kamen   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Davey Johnstone   Musical Director
Barry Gibb   Composer
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Stephen Lipson   Programming,Producer
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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