ALBUM REVIEW : WHEN RONAN MET BURT
ARTIST : RONAN KEATING
GENRE : POP
DATE RELEASED : 2011
Tribute albums for Burt Bacharach are quite plenty and nothing can stop more singers to produce one. Ronan Keating 2011 album is just one of these tribute albums for the great songwriter. Again, doing tribute albums and singing cover versions are quite dangerous in way that someone has to fail when comparison begins. And, this Boyzone lead singer unfortunately failed in so many ways despite the fact that the album is excellently polished in terms of production.
Watch live performance of Ronan Keating singing “Walk on By” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UysfgwFBTvE.
The most glaring failure in this album is that of Ronan’s vocal abilities. His nasal vocal rendition is quite a distraction especially when it comes to words with “s.” The phrasing of these words seemed like forced and can be perceived as trying to enunciate words clearly to hide vocal inadequacies. Second, is that most of the songs he chose to cover in this album were performed by popular female singers like Dusty Springfield and Jackie de Shannon and as a result, the emotion these women gave to the song was far superior than what Ronan did in this record which is really lifeless.
Watch live performance of “Arthur’s Theme” by Ronan Keating in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVoJW9ESCQk&list=PLCh7pDol_epgIL1zZ4scj70dGxefwJc72.
Not all in this record is bad though; there are some good points such as; staying to original musical structure is a stroke of masterful production as listeners will not be totally distracted with Keating’s vocals and will just be contented on focusing on the instruments and the melodies. He did a good cover version with “I’ll Never Fall In Love” and “Arthur’s Theme” which only prove time and again that if the original version of Burt’s song was performed by a female performer then it should be remake by women singers too, the same with songs originally done by men. Exception could be that of “24 Hours From Tulsa” which was both performed by Dusty Springfield and Gene Pitney very excellently.
The failures in this album are not quite epic; this is still tolerable to listen. Hey!! This is Burt Bacharach album and he wrote good songs. I rate this record 2.5 stars out of 5 s tars.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it