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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I am a huge Westlife fan so I was really looking forward to Kian's independent album. I also heard him talking about it on the radio which made me rush to get it on release day!

And... I'm a bit disappointed. It's an album full of covers, which I hadn't realised, and I wanted to hear some of his original music. I think his voice is great and he really shows what he can do after not being a lead singer in Westlife.

I think I've listened to this a couple of times since I got it and that speaks volumes. I'm disappointed Kian - I hope your next album is much more original!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"Home” is the debut solo-album by Irish singer Kian Egan, a former member of Westlife, the British boyband who disbanded in 2012. Although I’m not in the boyband-demographic, I didn’t dislike their songs either, so after hearing his version of Daughtry’s “Home,” I decided to give this CD a chance. Doing covers, you either should do creative takes on the originals or have the vocals to do these classics justice. “Home” falls somewhere in the middle. Kian puts his own spin on them, but while some of the covers are very good, others don’t work out that well. But let’s not get ahead of myself.

The songs covered are: “Home” (Daughtry); “What Hurts The Most” (Mark Willis); “The Reason” (Hoobastank); “Not A Day Goes By” (Lonestar); “I Run To You” (Lady Antebellum); “I’ll Be” (Edwin McCain); “I’m Ready” (Bryan Adams); “Waiting For Superman” (Daughtry); “Here Without You” (3 Doors Down) and “Wanted” (Hunter Hayes).

Let’s go over them one by one: his slightly country-fied version of rock-ballad “Home” is well-suited to his somewhat husky voice (5 stars). This is also the case in pop-ballad “What Hurts The Most,” beautifully supported by a string section. It was first written for American country artist Mark Willis, but is probably better known in the USA in the Rascall Flatts-version, while in Europe the German band Cascade had a big hit with their take on it (4.5 stars). The rock-ballad “The Reason” (4 stars) and piano-ballad “Not A Day Goes By” (4 stars) are also very decent covers.

Another highlight on the album is country-pop track “I Run To You,” a beautiful duet with his wife, Jodi Albert (5 stars). “I’ll Be” is another good example of picking a song that’s compatible with his smoky vocals, although this one didn’t completely work for me (four stars). As his voice is slightly reminiscent of Bryan Adams, it’s fitting he also covers a song from the Canadian rocker. The one he picked, "I’m Ready,” although doing it in a more ballad-ish version, makes it clear he lacks the necessary rock-grit to bring it completely off (3 stars).

Vocally, his weak point seems to be that he can’t hit the higher notes very well. This makes his voice better suited to the slower ballads as mentioned above. Case in point: my favorite Daughtry-song “Waiting For Superman,” which starts out well but soon made my toes curl in horror, turning this one into the worst cover on the album (1 star). He goes for a rockier version of “Here Without You,” decent enough in places but again, he lacks the necessary rock-grit to make it fully work out (3 stars). He closes the album well, with the piano- and strings-laced country-ballad “Wanted” (5 stars).

Although he plays it too safe with doing a cover-album instead of an all-originals one, this record is, overall, a rather decent debut. “Home” is a blend of styles, from pop to country to rock, with songs in the country-rock vein dominating (5 covers are from country-artists/-groups). He could have been a bit more daring in choosing what to cover. Also, the album is rather ballad-heavy, but then again, these are the type of songs that most suit his voice. ‘Cause a rocker, he ain’t. So, adding the points up (38.5) and dividing them by the 10 tracks, I come to an average of 3.85, hence the four stars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2014
As much as I'd like to say I love this, I can't. It's all covers. I don't know the songs therefore I can't compare Kian's version to the original. I'd like to have seen him write his own material as his ex-band mate Shane Filan has done. Sorry Kian, I expected better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2014
I am a huge fan of Westlife and was a bit sceptical when Kian released his Album, as he was one of the quiet ones in Westlife. But, WOW, i am amazed as to how good he is. He has talent and this Album is really really good. I havnt stopped listening to it and ive had it a while now. With a voice like his i cant believe he was kept in the back within Westlife all this time. Maybe his voice is a little rocky and not the way of Westlife, but the ballads in Kian's Album are brilliant. Best tracks Home, What Hurts The Most and Not A Day Goes By. They are all great though and the duet with his wife is lovely too :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2014
It's ok but he is no where near as good as singing as then other band members the track with his wife and latest single are the best tracks I brought it on the back of his single . But the test is a bit of a let down
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2014
Kian wasnt a lead singer in westlife so glad he is now getting the chance to let people hear his voice. He has picked catchy songs for this album. Home being my favourite. Would recommend this cd, a few listens and you will have it on everyday. Wish him all the best, hes a hard worker and deserves every success.
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on 27 March 2014
This is definitely not a boyzone compilation, this is good upbeat tempo music with a more rugged tone to it. Like all albums you wont like all the tracks but, I have to say I that in my opinion there are no bad tracks on this album, they range from the slower more meaning full to the upbeat more frivolous ones. I never thought I would ever be writing a review about an album made by someone from a boy band, This guy can certainly sing and if he keeps producing this level of material he may one day shake off the tag of the boy band image.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2014
I choose this cd because i'm fan of westlife, all the songs have the kian's style and i love it. I recomend it for all westlife fans.
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on 30 March 2014
Firstly why are you all complaining that its a covers album ?? You knew this before purchasing, so why buy it, if your going to complain ??
I think the album is great, it shows of Kian's voice perfect. The song choices are superb, especially home and run to you ( duet with Jodi ).
Kian should have done most of the lead with Westlife !!!. Well done Kian a great album, your voice is perfect can't wait for the next one :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 April 2014
I really love this album. Think Kian sounds a bit like Brian Adams. Can listen to it over & over again.
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