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Allow Us To Be Frank
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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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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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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!
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! :)
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.
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.
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.