Tuesday 24 January 2017

Music: When Ronan met Burt by Ronan Keating **

(Polydor)

Published 25/03/2011 | 05:00

Burt Bacharach's standing as one of the greatest composers in popular music history is assured, so it's easy to see why today's young pretenders queue up to share a studio with him.

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Quite why he would want to associate with a former boyband singer of dubious ability is less obvious. Burt says the collaboration will help him reach a newer audience. We'll have to take his word for it.

Ronan Keating has never had a smooth time of it from the critics and this project isn't going to change that. For one, his career has been largely built out of "reinterpreting" old standards -- any mug with a serviceable voice can do that -- and then there's his voice, with its curious intonations and mid-Atlantic affectation. It rarely ceases to grate (although let's be honest -- even the most ardent Ronan hater won't change the dial when Life is a Rollercoaster comes on air).

This seventh solo album won't scare off anyone who has liked Ronan up to now, although it's very unlikely to earn him new fans, despite decent, if very faithful, versions of I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself and The Look of Love. And is one of his choices, I'll Never Fall in Love Again, a thinly veiled promise to his wife after last year's shenanigans?

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