ALBUM TITLE : COLOURS
ARTIST : BLUE
GENRE : POP
DATE RELEASED : 2015
The moment you listen to the first track in this record which is “King of The World,” you will have mixed feelings about this album. You would believed that this is just a conventional pop album from decades old boy band or singing group trying to be relevant. The song has trite lyrics about being on top of the world if the girl will accept his love. The infusion of reggae sound seems to be forced also in order to give the song some sort of polishing.
However, when you reached the second song in this record, “You’re The Only One,” you really that Blue is offering something not new yet you miss songs like this for a long time. If it has been quite a while for you to listen to pop songs with seventies groove, this is a good track to listen to and relieve the era of Afro hair and bell bottom pants. The third track is aptly title “Home” as you feel like really coming home while listening to this record. There is a certain warmth about this song; not too mushy but it lightens your heart.
Their version of “If You Don’t Know Me Now,” is loyal to the original version and it is quite passable as the vocal background seems not right and quite a distraction against the solid vocal of the lead singer of Blue. “Nothing Like You” is like a rework of Boyzone song “All That I Need.” The same goes with “Flashback” which is too nineties and feels like a track from the Lighthouse Family. You might think at first that “Endless Love” is a remake but it is supposed to be an original song but sounds like “Let Me Go Home” by Michael Buble.
There are four cover versions in this album and they have the temerity to perform Rod Stewart’s “I Don’t Want To Talk About It.” Other groups have covered this song excellently such as Everything But The Girl and you cannot help compare Blue’s version. Fortunately, the band really tried their best to make this song as their own and they partly succeed. It could be due to emphatic vocal in this track. In their cover version of “Hang On In There Baby,” again they tried to make it faithful to the original version and what we get is the same vocal treatment Gary Barlow did when he covered in one of his solo albums.
How do I feel after listening to the whole album? I feel okay I have no great expectations with Blue, I just want pure pop music and they delivered it alright. With that, I rate this album 3 stars out of 5 stars.
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