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Album News: Ronan Keating – When Ronan Met Burt

No, this is not an account of my visit to Sesame Street, but rather a new album from the Boyzone frontman – Ronan Keating’s seventh solo record. Now some of you may scoff (or should that be shcoff) at the idea of Ronan Keating taking on the songs of Burt Bacharach, but as his part output has shown, when a good songwriter is on board, he can make fine tunes. Yes, Boyzone have had some fantastic pop songs, but it’s hard to argue with ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ or the fabulously underrated duet with Kate Rusby, ‘All Over Again’. Like Sting’s return to form last year, Symphonicities, a full orchestra is on board, meaning the songs should sound massive. Plus, they’ll show that Burt has still got it.

Of the record, Keating said “It has been a dream come true to work with Burt on this album,” Ronan says of the collaboration. “I grew up listening to his songs and the tracks we’ve chosen to record for the album are simply some of the greatest pop masterpieces ever written, so it was an honour to sing them alongside the man himself.” While Bacharach was equally positive: “To do these songs with a different slant and approach on them made it very interesting for me. And to be able to work with Ronan and expose these songs to maybe a younger audience as well as my fan base. Then to be able to record it in the legendary Capitol recording studio – full orchestra live. Quite a trip we were on, Ronan.”

1. Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)
2. I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself
3. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again
4. Make It Easy On Yourself
5. My Little Red Book
6. Something Big
7. The Look Of Love
8. This House Is Empty Now
9. Walk on By
10. What The World Needs Now

This duet was pretty solid too:

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  1. Ronan on Ronan…that’s a philosophical nightmare right there. I’m glad that he’s back (for his fans sake) but I could care less about his music.

  2. He had a duets album last year too, think they only sold it in Australia though – where’s he’s still very popular – as is Brian McFadden come to think of it.

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