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Allow Us To Be Frank

3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 16 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B00064KHZ8
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #252,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Veteran Vocal Group Take a Cue from Robbie Williams (A Former Vocal Group Member of Take that Himself) and Present a Selection of Songs Made Famous by the Legendary Frank Sinatra. Beautifully Orchestrated and Arranged, the Boys Bring this Great Music to the Ears of a New Generation.

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it's a great cd's if your into the soft cool sound of the oldie's. The sound is good & slow yet peppy it's a good choice if you like the cool sound of the original's, they make the song's sound great
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Westlife fan extrodinaire here... been waiting for something a little different, and this is just the most refreshing album I'd been waiting for. The band hasn't suffered from the loss of Brian (seeing that Shane and Mark still do most of the lead vocals). Hopefully, Westlife will be around for a while (they're still too cute to go!), and that this new album on a new label will keep things going for them. Vocally, Shane shows off all his range and you mightn't recognize him at first pass... but this style is definitely a departure and the group has definitely embraced it well. If you liked Robbie William's Swing When You're Winning, this is waaaaay better.
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I am a huge Westlife fan, and for the most part I adore their entire discography.

But with this album, I feel Westlife definitely missed their mark and I think with Brian McFadden leaving the group just shortly before this album was released it probably left Westlife with very little time to get productive and record a great album and they kind of just did whatever was thrown at them.

Westlife is a talented group of men and they are one of the very few boybands from the late '90s who have lost a member and been able to survive the longevity, and remain a very strong force. I do applaud them for trying something different and being experimental but in the end, this album left me with much to be desired.

"Allow Us To Be Frank" is either loved or hated by Westlife's fan base and on Westlife's part it was a daring move to make, especially since in the UK they were on the top of their game so to dramatically change gears and do a complete U-turn was a very risky move.

In conclusion - not one of Westlife's best in my opinion but two stars for experimenting and their vocals are in fine form.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5a14870) out of 5 stars These lads are WONDERFUL! May 2 2005
By Rusty Frank - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I am a swing and tap dance teacher in California and love to collect a wide range of old and new music. About three times a year I am brought to various places around the globe to teach, and while there I am introduced to global swing music.

Imagine my surprise last month while teaching in Norway to come across "Westlife." The teacher who'd brought me over was driving me around siteseeing and playing the cd in the car. Of course I recognized the arrangements, but not the voices. When she told me that this group was from Ireland, I couldn't have been happier. Imagine, being so far from home home in Norway, listening to music born in America over sixty years ago done so beautifully by Irish young men now! It pleased me no end that the "Great American Songbook" (as it is now being called) is being embraced by so many around the world!

I think "Westlife" does a fantastic job on all the tunes on this cd, really bringing to life the swing and jazz quality of the arrangements. They clearly love the genre. Well done!

If you are a swing fan, a fan of Frank's, or a dancer... I would definitely recommend adding this cd to your collection!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba4db1c) out of 5 stars Top Notch Dec 11 2004
By Jeff M - Published on
Format: Audio CD
As 1) a guy, and 2) one who is not familiar with the original songs, I have to say that this is a suprisingly well sung album. I don't see why people criticize a 'lack of soul', or focus on the orchestra. I think that interpretations of what constitutes 'soul' in music varies from person to person. Personally, I think this album has plenty of 'soul', and to spare!

Also, while the orchestra does a great job, the vocals are what I LISTEN to. And, here, the vocals are GREAT.

The songs on this particular album may not sit well with some of the band's admirers given the types of songs that Westlife has sung in the past, but this CD is one that you can just pop into your player and press 'repeat'.

Relaxing, sometimes catchy, sometimes romantic, and otherwise just plain fun melodies, this is one that would be ideal for you if you just want something to relax to or even sing along with. Alternatively, also recommended if you're inviting someone over to your house for a date! :)
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b8b2354) out of 5 stars An enormous pleasure! Jan. 13 2005
By Lee St Clair - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was a long-time fan of Frank Sinatra's while in college, and finally got to see him perform live on his last concert tour. The songs Sinatra chose were timeless classics, as evidenced by the fact that performers are still resurrecting and recording them.

To those who condemn `pop singers' for recording Sinatra's classic old songs, I can only say that Sinatra was a pop singer in his own time, and the songs he recorded were the "pop" songs of his age.

Westlife's brilliant recording of selected songs by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, and Andy Williams is not only a superb recording, it is also an undeniable reminder of how talented and versatile these four young men are.

For those who are familiar with these songs, this CD is a timeless reminiscence with lavish orchestrations and the lush harmonies that can only be described as `the Westlife Sound." For those who are coming to this music for the first time, this CD is an excellent place to begin.

My only criticism of the album is that it is too short. I wanted more! But, given everything else going on with the group in the past year, I will overlook that.

Thank you, Westlife, for the enormous pleasure you have provided me over the past six years, and thank you for this fabulous album. I hope I am still around to write comments on your 12th CD.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b7ac18c) out of 5 stars Great interpretation April 5 2005
By Stephen_S - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I grew up listening to the Rat Pack and I think the lads did a great job with this album. The tracks that were chosen is a nice mix from that time period.

In my opinion, they've captured the essence of the era well. The only other artist that captured it just as well is Harry Connick, Jr.

I liked every single track from this album (a rarity for a lot of the albums that I own by many artists)

I can see why they won the Celebrity Award after the single AIN'T THAT A KICK IN THE HEAD. Just listen to the first track and you'll find out why this is definitely one of my favorite albums (if not my favorite) by the lads.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b9dd384) out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, since I'm not a Westlife fan Aug. 27 2006
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Michael's reviewing Westlife? When did he join this millennium? Well, they've made a CD of songs that Frank Sinatra first made famous and I honestly don't know what to think about it. They, too, are in my MP3 player and getting constant repetition.

Are the kids who like Westlife's original music suddenly going to turn into Sinatra fans? I dunno. Are Sinatra fans going to suddenly rush out and buy more Westlife after hearing this? I dunno. Will there be fans who don't even know these aren't brand new songs? Probably. But, you know, I enjoy over half of these songs. If Westlife does also, why shouldn't they sing them? And if this is how the songwriting lives on in the CD age, what the heck?

I'm glad I have this CD. Just for the record, I much prefer Bobby Darin to Frank Sinatra. (How many 42-year-old rednecks have such a firm opinion on this issue?) But hey, Westlife can sing. Prior to this CD, my impression of them was negative because what they sing about simply doesn't interest me, and which I presume they'll go back to now. This particular CD has some damn fine writing, which I tend to believe they'll never achieve again.