On November 12 Australia and New Zealand were rewarded for their devotion to Irish superstar Ronan Keating. His latest release, DUET, is a collection of collaborations including a selection of our finest talent. Released exclusively in Australia and New Zealand.
Ronan Keating reached global boyband fame in the mid 1990’s with Boyzone, scoring 18 Top 3 hits in the UK, 6 of them number ones.
In 1999 Ronan Keating launched his solo career, establishing himself as a respected songwriter and vocalist. He was later recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the only artist in history to have achieved 30 consecutive Top 10 hits in the UK, beating Madonna and Elvis Presley.
Ronan decided to put together his latest album DUET while he was in Australia for the hit television series X Factor. On it he collaborates with some of his favourite local and international artists.
This album has a much more grown up feel to it, I don’t know if it’s grown up as such but I’m not sure how to put what I’m trying to say. I always thought even Ronan’s solo work had a very boyband sound and feel to it which isn’t present on this album.
Each track has a very different sound and comes from a very different style which showcases Ronan’s range. The artists he collaborates with are from very different genres which adds to the variety of music contained in this one album.
One major standout for me was the rendition of Father & Son with Yusuf Islam (who I thought I’d never heard of). Father & Son is a beautiful song that has always struck a chord with me and this time is no different. Originally recorded by Cat Stevens, a long time ago, it has been revitalised in this collaboration of Ronan Keating and Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens).
Elton John’s Your Song is another standout track performed by Ronan Keating and Elton John. A classic song that I’m sure touched all who have ever listened to it, and which will touch all of those who listen to this renewed rendition.
I’m beginning to think I could go on all day so perhaps I should reign myself in a little. DUET brings together some fanastic timeless music that thrives on being renewed and reimagined. To Love Somebody and Islands In The Stream of Bee Gees fame. Wild World and Father & Son, written by Cat Stevens and Bob Seger’s We’ve Got Tonight.
To contrast the timeless classics we also have 4 songs which include Ronan in the writing credits. These were performed with Paulini, LeAnn Rimes, Lee Kernaghan and New Zealander Hayley Westenra.
An album that is sure to find a well loved home in the hearts of Ronan Keating fans of old, as well as convert a lot of new ones. Fans of the classic songs contained on this album will not be disappointed.
1. Say Say Say (feat. Adeaze)
2. All For Love (feat. Guy Sebastian)
3. Believe Again (feat. Paulini)
4.To Love Somebody (feat. Brian McFadden)
5. Islands In The Stream (feat. The McClymonts)
6.Wild World (feat. Marvin Priest)
7.The Long Goodbye (feat. Lee Kernaghan)
8. Last Thing On My Mind (feat. LeAnn Rimes)
9. Father And Son (feat. Yusef Islam)
10. We’ve Got Tonight (feat. Lulu)
11.Your Song (Live (2000 / Madison Square Garden, New York))
12. It’s Only Christmas (feat. Hayley Westenra)