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When Ronan Met Burt
     

When Ronan Met Burt

by Ronan Keating
 
Following Boyzone's surprising career rejuvenation, frontman Ronan Keating continues to juggle his boy band duties with his increasingly prolific solo career, releasing his fourth solo album in just two years. At first glance, When Ronan Met Burt does little to dispel the criticisms that his promising early pop
ock output has given

Overview

Following Boyzone's surprising career rejuvenation, frontman Ronan Keating continues to juggle his boy band duties with his increasingly prolific solo career, releasing his fourth solo album in just two years. At first glance, When Ronan Met Burt does little to dispel the criticisms that his promising early pop
ock output has given way to an unimaginative series of MOR covers albums. However, while Songs for My Mother, Winter Songs, and Duet all felt like cynical cash-ins, his eighth studio LP has a much more respectable pedigree. As its title suggests, When Ronan Met Burt is not only dedicated to lounge-pop standards of the '60s, but features the iconic Bacharach himself on his first credited studio album since 2005's At This Time. While Keating undoubtedly possesses a fine and melodic, radio-friendly voice, it's a little surprising that out of the plethora of singers Bacharach could easily have had at his beck and call, he chose an Irish boy band member, completely unknown in his homeland, to work with. Recorded with a full orchestra at California's world-famous Capitol Studios, Keating tackles the likes of Dusty Springfield's "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself," Dionne Warwick's "Walk on By," and Jackie DeShannon's "What the World Needs Now," but lacking the warmth, soulfulness, and sensitivity of the original performers, Keating fails to override the overwhelming sense of karaoke, while Bacharach's faithful arrangements hinder his attempts to make the classic standards his own. He fares much better on the lesser-known material, such as "This House Is Empty Now," a track from Bacharach's 1998 collaboration with Elvis Costello, Painted from Memory, and "Something Big," the theme tune to the 1971 Dean Martin Western comedy of the same name, which are much better suited to his slightly Americanized, gruff vocal tones. But overall, When Ronan Met Burt offers very little that would entice anyone other than loyal fans of both artists to avoid seeking out the far superior originals instead.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2011
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0602527656496
catalogNumber:
5003361

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronan Keating   Primary Artist
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Jeff Driskill   Saxophone
Nathan East   Bass
Alan Estes   Percussion
Lynn Fiddmont   Background Vocals
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Marlena Jeter   Background Vocals
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Dean Parks   Guitar
Greg Wells   Guitar
Arnold McCuller   Background Vocals
Marshall Bowen   Conductor
John Robinson   Drums
Greg Phillanganes   Piano

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Composer
Christopher Cross   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Paul Buckmaster   Arranger
Hal David   Composer
Joel McNeely   Arranger
Schmitt   Engineer
Greg Wells   Producer
Pat Williams   Arranger
Sue Main   Live Recording Coordination
Ian MacGregor   Engineer
Peter Allen   Composer

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