Where We Are

Where We Are

by WestlifeWestlife


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Westlife's ninth album, Where We Are, follows a yearlong sabbatical that the bandmembers took after celebrating their tenth anniversary with the concert video 10 Years of Westlife -- Live at Croke Park Stadium (2008). Where We Are was billed as a slight change in direction by the boy band, whose formula for chart-topping success had become overly predictable in recent years. In search of a fresh approach, they worked with a lot of American songwriters and producers, most notably Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, who co-wrote and produced two of the album highlights, "Shadows" and "Where We Are." They also worked extensively with the veteran American R&B hitmakers Louis Biancaniello and Sam Watters, who are credited with three songs ("How to Break a Heart," "Leaving," "Sound of a Broken Heart"). Another album highlight, "The Difference," comes courtesy of Anne Preven and Scott Cutler, formerly of the Los Angeles alternative rock band Ednaswap, whose song "Torn" was an international smash hit for Natalie Imbruglia in 1997. Moreover, the album's lead single, "What About Now," is a cover version of a hit single by American Idol winner Daughtry that was co-written by Evanescence bandmembers Ben Moody and David Hodges. Despite all of this American input, Where We Are sounds like any other Westlife album, in part because it's such an assembly-line effort (by one count there are 29 different songwriters and 17 different producers credited on the 13 songs). As always, the album is comprised of power ballads about love and heartbreak with soaring string arrangements and earnest vocal performances by the bandmembers. Fortunately, there are many first-rate songs here -- more or less the entire first half of the album -- and the production is polished to perfection. Fans content with more of the same should find plenty to enjoy on Where We Are, another in a long line of Westlife albums sure to generate one smash hit after another.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/08/2009
Label: Sony Bmg Europe
UPC: 0886976112721
catalogNumber: 7611272
Rank: 3690

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Westlife   Primary Artist
Brian Kennedy   Guitar
David Angell   Violin
Louis Biancaniello   Guitar,Keyboards
Steve Booker   Bass,Keyboards
Jeff Bova   Strings
John Catchings   Cello
Scott Cutler   Guitar,Egg Shaker
David Davidson   Violin
Priscilla Jones   Vocals
Peter Ljung   Piano
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Doug Petty   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Edward Shearmur   Strings
Neal Wilkinson   Drums
Kris Wilkinson   Violin,Viola
Simon Hale   Strings
John Parricelli   Guitar
Esbjörn Öhrwall   Guitar
Christian Howes   Strings
Carol Riley   Vocals
Wayne Wilkins   Keyboards
Martin Terefe   Bass
Bobby Shin   Strings
Zac Rae   Guitar
Simon Petty   Acoustic Guitar
Mark Feehily   Vocals
Jim Jonsin   Keyboards
Andreas Olsson   Keyboards
Millennia Strings   Strings
Ryan Tedder   Guitar,Piano,Strings
Karl Brazil   Drums
Sophie Delila   Piano
Stockholm Session Strings   Strings
Kristoffer Sonne   Drums
Luke Potashnick   Guitar
Candace Johnson   Vocals
Ian Pitter   Vocals
Nikolaj Torplarsen   Piano,Keyboards
Subrina McCalla   Vocals
Paul Beard   Piano
Love Sponge Strings   Strings
Jesse Astin   Egg Shaker
John Garrison   Bass
Bryon Jones   Vocals
Althea Edwards   Vocals
Heard But Not Seen Choir   Choir, Chorus
Vanessa Addo-Yeboah   Vocals
Candice Mimi-Appiah   Vocals
Nikolaj Juel Christiansen   Guitar
Wil Malone   Synthesizer,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Brian Kennedy   Programming,Producer
Louis Biancaniello   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Steve Booker   Composer,Programming,Producer
Jeff Bova   String Arrangements
Chris Braide   Composer,Producer
Scott Cutler   Composer,Programming,Producer
David Davidson   Orchestration,String Transcription
Andy Hill   Producer,Additional Production
Henrik Janson   String Arrangements
Jon Kelly   Engineer
Doug Petty   drum programming
Steve Robson   Producer
Greg Wells   Producer,Instrumentation
Simon Hale   Arranger
Jeremy Wheatley   String Arrangements
Sam Watters   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Lawrence Johnson   Vocal Arrangements
Emanuel Kiriakou   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Anne Preven   Composer,Producer
James Scheffer   Composer,Producer
Conner Reeves   Composer,Producer
Shaznay Lewis   Composer,Producer
Neil Tucker   Engineer
Ian Agate   Engineer
Wayne Wilkins   Composer,Programming,Producer
Quiz   Additional Production
Richard Flack   Engineer
Martin Terefe   Producer
Lindy Robbins   Composer,Producer
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane   Programming,Instrumentation
Noel Zancanella   Engineer
Zac Rae   Programming
Simon Petty   Composer,Producer
Mark Feehily   Composer,Producer
Jim Jonsin   Programming,Producer
Josef Larossi   Programming,Instrumentation
Andreas Olsson   Programming
Dyre Gormsen   Engineer
Ryan Tedder   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
David Hodges   Composer
Ben Moody   Composer
Sophie Delila   Composer,Producer
Larossi   Engineer,Additional Production
Luke Tozour   Engineer
Damien Lewis   Engineer
Savan Kotecha   Composer,Producer
Iain Hill   Engineer
Bryn Christopher   Producer
Nikolaj Torplarsen   Arranger
Joel Anderson   Cover Photo
Ross Parkin   Engineer
Quiz   Engineer
John Reid   Composer
Carl Falk   Composer,Producer
Shelley Poole   Producer
Alexander McLean   Composer,Producer
Chris Blade   Arranger,Producer
Bryan Christopher   Composer
Brian Kennedy Seals   Composer
Joshua Hartzler   Composer
Jonathan Shorten   Composer,Producer
Jon Reid   Producer
Steven Lee Olsen   Composer,Producer
Rob Marks   Engineer
Quix   Engineer
Steve Anderson   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Wil Malone   Programming,String Arrangements

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