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The freshest collection of feel-good music you'll ever find,
By A Customer
This review is from: Destination (Audio CD)
This "Destination" is somewhere you will want to arrive at - and stay there for a long time to come! Every track is consistently excellent - there is nothing to let the album down. Each track has an appeal of it's own, and yet there is also a magical continuity about the album that lifts your mood with every successive track, giving you exactly what you want to hear each time.
The first two tracks "I Love It When We Do" and "Love Won't Work (if we don't try)" are instantly infectious rockin' numbers, either of which could be a great single. With most of the album co-written by Gregg Alexander, who was also behind "Lovin' Each Day" and "Rollercoaster", the characteristic heavy guitar-based backing soon lifts your spirits and draws you into it's warm enveloping sound. Ronan's warm and distinctive voice has matured, and is shown off in all it's glory here. Strong and clear, soft and tender, he seems to have a wonderful gift for bestowing each note he sings with exactly the emotion and passion that brings the lyrics to life, and gives them meaning. He truly feels the emotions that he is singing about and puts his heart and soul into every song.
The most surprising track for me is "You're Pickin' Me Up" - so fresh and catchy, you won't get it out of your head. Another stand-out track is "My One Thing That's Real", a beautiful song that sweeps you from quiet reflection to full-blown passion before you can draw breath. I must also mention The Long Goodbye, a beautiful, meaningful song that will touch many hearts.
"Destination" is a masterpiece that will bring Ronan the recognition and respect he has long deserved. Whether you liked his first album or not, or even if you didn't give it a chance, don't judge this one before you've heard it. Believe me, every negative pre-conception that anyone has ever formed about Ronan will be shattered if they hear this... Even the cynics will be "Blown Away" - and that happens to be the title of yet another amazing track....