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Winter Songs [CD]

Ronan Keating Audio CD
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Ronan Patrick John Keating (born 3 March 1977) is an Irish recording artist, singer-songwriter, musician, and philanthropist. Keating debuted on the professional music scene alongside Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Stephen Gately, in 1994 as the lead singer of Boyzone. His solo career started in 1999, and resulted in 9 studio albums. ... Read more in Amazon's Ronan Keating Store

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  • Audio CD (16 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B002QR0IXE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Winter Song (Album Version) 4:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Stay (Album Version) 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Scars (Album Version) 3:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Homeward Bound (Album Version) 3:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. River (Album Version) 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. It's Only Christmas (Album Version) 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Little Drummer Boy (Album Version) 3:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ring Them Bells (Album Version) 3:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Caledonia (Album Version) 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Silent Night (Album Version) 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Album Version) 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Won't Last A Day Without You (Album Version) 3:570.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

Ronan Keating’s second album of 2009 sees the Boyzone vocalist covering a selection of his favourite festive-flavoured songs, each special to the artist. In his words, this collection conjures some of his “favourite Christmas memories”.

While Keating – a solid singer, with a warmth and richness to his voice that conveys a sincerity often absent in his pop peers – doesn’t quite make the covers his own, the picks are much more interesting than most records of a similar pop-does-Santa slant. This, you feel, is not simply a seasonal money spinner. The variety of tracks is such that it could only have come together with Keating taking a very active, personal role in its compiling.

A pair of new Keating originals – Scars and It’s Only Christmas – are unlikely to become festive favourites in the vein of some of his other numbers here, most obviously the traditional picks. But they suit the mood of the album well. While this is a celebratory affair, of sorts, it’s also shot through with melancholy. Christmas, after all, arrives at one of the bleakest times of year, and some of these songs would be well matched with imagery of snow-blasted scenery and lonely souls left in the cold while those on the other side of iced-over windowpanes exchange gifts beside a roaring fire.

The title track is an auspicious opener. Penned by American singer Sara Bareilles and with subtle but effective backing vocals from Tracy Ackerman, its slightness – little more than piano and occasional flourishes of strings – sets a tone somewhat removed from expectations. Understated, elegant and underpinned by a real yearning in Keating’s vocal, it’s a fine first effort on a set that rarely misfires.

Ultimately, Winter Songs succeeds through never overdoing things – where some would pump their covers full of pomp and ceremony, of a sort perceived to suit the season in question, Keating and his collaborators exercise appealing restraint. Joni Mitchell’s River is tackled with care, its delicateness recognised and never threatened, Jingle Bells echoes intact but not emphasised above all else.  Little Drummer Boy drags its heels a little, but the vocal interplay between Keating and the late Stephen Gately is excellent, as you’d expect from singers who’d worked alongside each other for several years.

An unassuming festive collection, Winter Songs’ gentle modesty might well make it the best example of its kind in 2009. --Mike Diver

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Album 19 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on Monday, and have had it on in my car and ipod ever since. It is a really beautiful album with Ronan sings some great songs.

It has a very wintery feel to it, as well as some classic Christmas songs like silent night and have yourself a merry little Christmas.

Then there are some fantastic covers of Joni Mitchell's River and Simon and Garkunkel's Homeward Bound.

The first single from the Album is Stay, which I really love and there is Little Drummer Boy featuring Stephen Gately, which is an equally beautiful song.

My favourite songs on the Album are: Stay, Winter Songs, Homeward Bound, River and Little Drummer Boy.

In my opinion this is one of Ronan's best albums and I am really enjoying listening to it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm Feelings on a cold winter's night 9 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Ronan's done a nice job creating a cozy winter mood. It's great music to listen to in front of a fireplace or when you are snowed in. It's a good selection of songs and he does a great job as usual interpreting the songs. I especially like "River" and some of the other original Christmas songs. I know I will enjoy listening to is every year for many years to come. It's one of his best and it's nice to hear when when you are in a mellow mood.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 17 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
If you only listen to one song on this album make it Drummer Boy featuring the vocals of the late (and great) Stephen Gately. Hauntingly beautiful, guaranteed to pull the heart strings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Christmas time 13 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
I love Ronan Keating and was looking forward to this. The first time I played it through I thought it was real "middle of the road" stuff and thought it was really dreary. I was so disappointed. Then I played it again and it started to grow on me and now I really like it! I don't think I would play it other than at Xmas but for Ronan fans I would recommend buying it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening 26 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Popular crooner doesn't put a foot wrong - except for the 'Little Drummer Boy' (which is easily deleted from your ipod!)Other tracks are all easy on the ear and sung with feeling by Ronan.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ronan is amazing! 16 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
This album is amazing ronan is amazing, can't wait to see him on tour in 2010 love the guy he is so gorgeous x
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 20 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
I listening to this as I write this review. I am so enjoying Ronan's music. I think I have all the cd's with the exception of the last one, Songs for my Mother, and I don't know why that is. But, I plan on getting it.

I really love the title song, "Winter Song". Another favorite is "Stay". This is 100% better than Sugarland's version. I'm sure it is because I like Ronan's voice so much more than Jennifer Nettles.

The Christmas standards are wonderful. Ronan sings them beautifully. I know this is going to be one of my favorite cd's to play in the "Winter". Thanks, Ronan for another great collection of beautifully performed songs.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 18 Nov 2009
By H. Lee
Format:Audio CD
This is such a beautiful album. I would have to say one of the best Ronan has made so far. I don't think there is anything that Ronan can't sing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars nice i only bought it for the caledonia track
Published 1 day ago by Ian Leslie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Bought it for a friend she only wanted it for the Caledonia track, but she tells me there are some brilliant songs on the CD.
Published 6 months ago by D C BLAKE
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
Now one of my favorites! Great CD for any Ronan Keating lovers! I replay it constantly! Enough for my sister to hate me for it! Aha Definitely recommended! X
Published 6 months ago by sam
5.0 out of 5 stars my sister loves it
its a little bit Christmas-y, a little bit ballad-y, but its pretty good over all. once again, it was a gift for my sister and she loves it.
Published 12 months ago by Eadig65
5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted . . . .
This was purchased as a christmas gift for a friend and was loved by the recipient. Arrived within days of ordering too.
Published 16 months ago by Sweetheart
4.0 out of 5 stars Ronan does it again
A must for all Ronan Keating Fans and a good addition to most collections. Will he be a legend......... perhaps
Published 16 months ago by fishphotos
5.0 out of 5 stars Winter Songs, Ronan Keating
I loved this cd, every song was beautiful, & Ronan has long been one of my great favourites. Arrived early.
Published 17 months ago by Judepatch
5.0 out of 5 stars Winters Songs Beutiful Peaceful CD
I love the Winter songs CD by Ronan Keating, one of my favorite albums. I has some Christmas music and other beautiful melodies on it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by F. Harrison
1.0 out of 5 stars music cd
Winter songs i was very disappointed with the songs not up to his usual standard i usually purchase most of his cd s
Published 17 months ago by Barbara Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
thought it might not be what i liked but how wrong i was i listen to this a lot well worth it
Published 18 months ago by Diane Cannon
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