Music elitists are at it again - knocking back people who want to have some fun with classic tunes. In this case, the usual music journalists and folks over here who just don't get the whole point of this album.
So what's the point, you ask. It's to do something different, to have fun, to freshen up both the band and their fans after the departure of Brian McFadden and to re-introduce these old favourites to the younger generation. I, for one, don't know much about these sort of music but nevertheless enjoy it when the ingredients are right (ie. perfect scene, good chat, warm tea and a piece of chocolate cake), so I'm really glad when I hear these tunes being sung by a band with brilliant vocals, because that means I'm finally giving these classics a proper real chance. They can't be classics for nothing!
Yes, Westlife have taken risk in doing this album, but they have also excelled themselves. The vocals are well-polished, the arrangements are magical and the tunes are beautiful. Westlife never claim to be the new Rat Pack. They're still a pop band, giving their modern pop interpretation of the classics. The songs are finger-clicking, toe-tapping and hip-swaying.
Don't judge before you give it a listen. It's the perfect album for this Christmas while we stay warm inside with our loved ones (or turn it up and sway while barbecueing if you're at the warmer side of the world ;))