Ronan [UK Bonus Tracks]

Ronan [UK Bonus Tracks]

by Ronan Keating

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Ronan [UK Bonus Tracks]

Unanimously, the most popular singer from the Irish group Boyzone is lead singer Ronan Keating whose debut solo album is aptly titled Ronan. The album retains some of Boyzone's style, though it is appropriately, if not determinedly, subdued. That is a bit of a shock for a debut. Keeping in mind that Gary Barlow tried the same thing and missed the target, while Robbie Williams went all out with an egocentric rock album and became a British landmark, one would have expected a little more oomph. Ronan must not be caught up in trends. Besides, the album seems to fit his personality, which is quieter and modest compared to most boy group members. The album sports the number one European singles "When You Say Nothing at All" and "Life Is a Rollercoaster," which helped propel the album to the top of the charts for a short while. Indeed, it did not stand out as one of the great musical triumphs of the year, but it is not without charm, thanks to its sincerity. Bryan Adams provides the soft ballad "The Way You Make Me Feel," while Rick Nowels conjures up another spirituality-driven effort on "Heal Me," as well as a slightly more exciting "Rollercoaster." "If I Don't Tell You Now" is a Diane Warren-penned ballad, drippy and undistinguished, which is sadly how most of her songs are beginning to come across. Patrick Leonard co-wrote "Believe" and "Keep on Walking," both of which are unremarkable but enjoyable. "In This Life" makes another appearance (previously recorded by Bette Midler and Kathie Lee Gifford). For an album as seeping with heartfelt ballads as Ronan is, it is amazing that so many known artists came together with tunes that are so alike they sound monotonous. It really takes a few listens to bond with Ronan, because it is so slow. It is slow but it is also soft and tender. At certain moments it is exceptionally emotional. The splendid song "Brighter Days" is one of those moments. [The U.K. release adds two bonus tracks: "Lovin' Each Day" and "Once Upon a Lifetime."]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2001
Label: Polygram Uk
UPC: 0731454973823
catalogNumber: 549738

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronan Keating   Primary Artist
Matt Rollings   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Brian Kennedy   Background Vocals
Donna De Lory   Background Vocals
Sue Ann Carwell   Background Vocals
Phil Thornalley   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Rusty Anderson   Guitar
Mike Brignardello   Bass Guitar
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
Andy Duncan   Percussion,Drums
Paul Gendler   Guitar
Dorian Holley   Background Vocals
Bryan Jones   Background Vocals
Priscilla Jones   Background Vocals
Charles Judge   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Michael Landau   Guitar
Paul Leim   Percussion,Drums
Patrick Leonard   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Stephen Lipson   Guitar,Mandolin,Bass Guitar
James McNally   Accordion,Whistle (Instrument)
Dominic Miller   Guitar
David Munday   Flute,Guitar
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Rick Nowels   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Steve Pearce   Bass Guitar
John Pierce   Bass Guitar
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Guy Pratt   Bass Guitar
Andy Richards   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Chuck Sabo   Percussion,Drums
Alfie Silas   Background Vocals
Jackie Smiley   Background Vocals
Miriam Stockley   Background Vocals
Patrick Tucker   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Yvonne Williams   Background Vocals
Eric Rigler   uillean pipes
Danielle Brisebois   Background Vocals
John D. Willis   Guitar
Carol Riley   Background Vocals
Mats Berntoft   Guitar
Wayne Hector   Background Vocals
Peter Murray   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Robin Thicke   Background Vocals
Brian Macleod   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Gregg Alexander   Producer
Phil Thornalley   Producer
Andy Duncan   Programming
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements
Paula Jones   Engineer
Patrick Leonard   Programming,Producer
Stephen Lipson   Programming,Producer
James McMillan   Programming
Heff Moraes   Engineer
Richard Niles   Arranger
Rick Nowels   Producer
Andy Richards   Programming
David Schiffman   Engineer
Gavyn Wright   String Director,String Conductor
Randy Wine   Engineer
David Channing   Engineer
Marc Moreau   Engineer
Steve Mac   Arranger,Producer
Samie Barela   Engineer
Elliott Blakey   Engineer
David Ashton   Engineer
Paul "Polo" Jones   Engineer
Arnthor   Producer
Chris Laws   Programming,Engineer
Todd Shoemaker   Engineer
Robin Thicke   Composer
Steve Price   Engineer

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