Westlife - Our Story. The biggest pop band in the world celebrate 10 years at the top - telling their full story in their own words for the very first time.
Coast To Coast Enhanced, Limited Edition
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Westlife - Coast To Coast - Cd
At the time of Coast To Coast's release, Westlife could do no wrong. With a staggering record of every one of their seven singles hitting the top spot of the British charts, they were really at the peak of their game. Within a week of this, their second album's release, their cultural forefathers Boyzone announced it was game over, leaving their most successful member Ronan Keating balancing his solo career and his job as Westlife's manager, aided and abetted by Louis Walsh, the man who made Boyzone and who was now firmly focused on his five new Irish wonder boys,. Together they have come up with a winning formula--good looks, ballads and gentle pop--and they rigidly stick to it. After all if it ain't broke don't fix it--look what happened to the Spice Girls, swept aside thanks to a combination of a radical change of direction combined with Westlife power. As such, the album itself is hardly a challenging affair, in fact the only things that really jump out and grab you are the aberration that was their duet with Mariah Carey on "Against All Odds" and their butchering of Abba's "I Have A Dream"--taking the lush harmonies of the original and turning them into the aural equivalent of wallpaper paste. However, it isn't all totally bland, there are moments where the harmonies shine through and the pop sensibilities come to the fore, such as "My Love", "When You're Looking Like That" and "Dreams Come True", in fact anything that is remotely up-tempo and a break from the relentless wishy washy nondescript ballads. This is the sound of Westlife at the peak of their career--the only trouble is, with their phenomenal track record and the wonderful fickleness of the British pop charts, the only way from here is down. --Helen Marquis
Top Customer Reviews
All of the tracks are great, with nice production and lyrics. The lads sound good too, especially Mark.
My personal favourite track is “Somebody Needs You”, although this is closely followed by “Close” and “Close Your Eyes” – no pun intended!
1. My Love – 9/10
2. What Makes a Man – 10/10
3. I Lay My Love on You – 10/10
4. I Have a Dream – 7/10
5. Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) – 10/10
6. When You’re Looking Like That – 9/10
7. Close – 10/10
8. Somebody Needs You – 10/10
9. Angel’s Wings – 9/10
10. Soledad – 9/10
11. Puzzle of My Heart – 9/10
12. Dreams Come True – 10/10
13. No Place That Far –
14. Close Your Eyes – 10/10
15. You Make Me Feel – 9/10
16. Loneliness Knows Me By Name – 9/10
17. Fragile Heart – 10/10
18. Every Little Thing You Do – 9/10
19. Don’t Get Me Wrong – 8/10
Elsewhere, there are covers of Against all odds (the Phil Collins song, here performed as a duet with Mariah Carey), Fragile heart (Yolanda Adams) and No place that far (originally by country singer Sara Evans). The remainder appear to be originals, with the possible exception of the hidden track Don't get me wrong.
This is another great album from Westlife that maintained the high quality of their debut album.
As many Westlife detractors will moan, this album is predominantly ballads, but the group perform them so harmoniously there are few other bands to rival them in this genre. Ballads are what they do best and it's why so many fans of all ages love them. But there are also several uptempo numbers on this album which show that Westlife can do rockier pop with the best of them.
I think the best tracks are 'What Makes A Man', 'I Lay My Love On You', 'Close' and the excellent hidden track 'Don't Get Me Wrong' (why was this lovely song hidden???) and, for my money, the only weak link is 'Against All Odds', which is totally spoiled by Mariah Carey's warbling vocal gymnastics.
It's clear that these five Irishmen can sing and I hope that they will one day release an acoustic/a cappella album and one that pulls together all the extra tracks that grace the foreign editions of their albums and singles. But 'Coast to Coast' is more than enough to be going on with...for now. Bring on the third album!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It may be an oldie, but the songs are classic. Amazing value at less than £3, and another for my collection.Published 10 months ago by P. Young