After having great success with their 1st album, the v poptastic "Said and done" Boyzone mature with their second "A different beat". The song writing is much more adventureous and there is more variety on this album with the right mix of uptempo tracks and sweet ballads. The style of the songs is more bit-y, which is why I like it. It seems that Boyzone are experimenting and trying to find a sound which is their own.
The ballads as always are heart-felt but the uptempo songs are the most surprising.
Title track "A Different beat" has, among fans and concert goers become the Boyzone's anthem. The epic song about travelling around the world is BZ song writing at its best.
Stephen Gately salutes his idol Michael Jackson with his emotional rendition of "Ben" along with his Jackson 5-style uptempo track "Games of love" which is a fantastic slice of pop.
"Strong enough" is more of an original sound with an interesting rap by Shane.
Only low point is "It's Time". Sorry lads but the album could have done without this song. The midtempo track with the backing fairground music just shouldn't be here.
Highlights include: "Heaven Knows" (Ronan's song writing at its best), "Crying in the night" a beautiful ballad dedicated to Keith and Mikey's children and the haunting "She moves through the fair". Not forgetting the singles "Words" and the accoustic version of "Isn't it a wonder".