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Not since his days with Belinda Carlisle had writer and producer Rick Nowels invested as much of himself into a singer's career. On Ronan Keating's Destination, his collaborations with Gregg Alexander, totaling nine tracks, offer more upbeat, guitar-infused pop confections, with background vocals to spare, than any listener of Ronan's very mellow debut album could have expected. But these songs with hard rock potential, in the hands of the neighborhood charmer from Ireland, are kept well-mannered; if Meat Loaf had gotten his clutches on them, we'd be discussing a very different album, but Meat Loaf's loss is Corned Beef and Cabbage's gain, or...where were we..."Pickin' Me Up" is a hip, indulgent, sparkling mix of theatrical pop and rock, with lyrics including "Fat farm, skinny school, we've lost the plot," and touches on CNN, African genocide, and "a world of plenty run by thieves," while sounding slick and joyful every bit of the way. Well, of course it's joyful -- how many depressing songs can you name that rhyme "Niagara" with "Viagra"? It's the best of the upbeat offerings, but there are others, notably the first single off the album, "Lovin' Each Day," "I Love It When We Do," and "Blown Away" all of which are as corny as Iowa, and as catchy as Yogi Berra. "Joy and Pain" is a pleasing soulful, gospel pop song, and because Ronan's voice tends to lull after several tracks, it's nice to hear him backed by strong female vocals. He makes room for breathing with Garth Brooks' "If Tomorrow Never Comes," a cover of "We've Got Tonight" sung here with Lulu, and his self-penned weeper "The Long Goodbye." The U.K. release features the R&B bonus track "I Got My Heart on You," which neither adds nor detracts from the quality of the other songs.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2017
Label: Imports
UPC: 0044006550527
catalogNumber: 0655052
Rank: 77188

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronan Keating   Primary Artist
Lulu   Vocals
Sue Ann Carwell   Background Vocals
Tracie Ackerman   Background Vocals
Rusty Anderson   Electric Guitar,Bazouki
Máire Breatnach   Violin
Liam Bradley   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
Denny Fongheiser   Percussion,Cymbals,Tom-Tom
Angie Giles   Background Vocals
Charles Judge   Piano,Keyboards
Greg Kurstin   Keyboards
Calum MacColl   Guitar,Background Vocals
James McNally   Piano,Bodhran
Rick Nowels   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Mellotron,Wurlitzer
Bill Padley   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments,Musician
Pino Palladino   Bass,Bass Guitar
Steve Pearce   Bass,Bass Guitar
John Pierce   Bass
Tim Pierce   Electric Guitar
Alfie Silas   Background Vocals
John Themis   Guitar,Percussion,Bazouki
Julie Thompson   Background Vocals
Paul Turner   Bass,Guitar
Dave Arch   Piano
Danielle Brisebois   Background Vocals
Steve Lee   Background Vocals
Steve Mac   Keyboards
Kieran Kiely   Piano,Hammond Organ
Chris Laws   Drums
Wayne Rodrigues   Drums,Keyboards
Crystal Murden   Background Vocals
Eddie Hession   Accordion
Tuff Session Singers   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Garth Brooks   Composer
Paul Brady   Composer
Gregg Alexander   Composer,Producer
Liam Bradley   Producer
Dave Dale   Engineer
Rob Jacobs   Engineer
Charles Judge   Engineer,Sound Design,Pro-Tools
Calum MacColl   Producer
Rick Nowels   Composer,Producer
Bill Padley   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jess Sutcliffe   Engineer
Dave Arch   String Arrangements
Randy Wine   Engineer
Kent Blazy   Composer
Alastair McMillan   Engineer
Steve Mac   Arranger,Producer
Ronan Keating   Composer
Chris Laws   Engineer
Wayne Rodrigues   drum programming
Ed Colman   Engineer
Yoad Nevo   Programming
Jem Godfrey   Producer
Eddie Hession   Accordian Arranger
Chris Brown   Engineer
Avril Mackintosh   Producer,Engineer,Remixing,Vocal Producer,Pro-Tools

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