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on 8 November 2013
Shane Filan has come a long way from the early days of Westlife where they were regarded as a typical Boy Band/Mixed Groups of it's time and every other band (eg. Cliff & The Shadows, Herman's Hermits, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Boyzone etc.) period since Pop music began commercially in the 1950s. However sometimes out of the group the lead singer or a group member become highly successful in their own right. Shane Filan has the beginnings of being in the making of such a successful Artist judging by the high standard of music on this Album YOU AND ME.

Shane Filan's vocals are finely tuned to the individual song, particularly the ballad tracks where he sings them with conviction.

Shane has become a Singer/Songwriter as on all the songs on this Album and I understand by Shane Filan's interviews I've seen on youtube that his lyrics are inspired by his personal life. And the sentiments are clearly positively featured on all the songs. The whole album sounds like Folk/Country/Pop with a 'concept' flavour. Each are arranged in such a way that they are 'catchy' and the music tempo works extremely well. Shane has taken a new direction musically away from the Westlife style of songs. An artist has to progress in life to grow in his/her craft.

The songs:
1. Everything to me: This is a jolly crowd pleasing song, though personally it's not a strong track compared to the majority of songs on this CD.
2. About you: A much stronger song in arrangement.
3. All you need to know: This sounds like a 1970s ballad folk-pop ballad with orchestra in the background. Shane extends his vocals on this one. Flawless. A terrific song.
4. Knee deep in my heart: A nice uptempo folk-country sound. Uplifting.
5. One of these days: Catchy tune with meaningful lyrics.
6. Everytime: My personal favourite. A powerful song arrangement musically. Flawless.
7. Always tomorrow: This song takes time to almost reflects on the whole album in this ballad.
8. When I met you: A great country-folk flavour tune.
9. Everything's gonna be alright: Straight forward easy going song, with good lyrics.
10. Coming home: Another 1970s ballad style song. Excellent vocals. A brilliant song.
11. Baby let's dance: A brilliant uptempo track. From the opening of the song to vocals, this song rocks!. Has a slight country sound mixed with a 1960s/70s touch, flavoured with commercial pop. What a blend!
12. In the end: The only song that sounds direct from a Westlife Album. A great track. Glad it's the only song on this album sounds like Westlife.
13. You and me: A simple rhythmic song. A neat ballad/piano track. A nice song to go out with the end of this Album.

On the whole this CD album 'YOU AND ME' was a real pleasure to listen to. Sometimes when you buy a CD, you select particular tracks on playlists and ignore some of the other lesser songs. NOT on this Shane Filan Album. Sounding like a 'Greatest Hits' CD, every track was worth listening to. Since I got the CD, I've listen to it as a whole many times as well as other artists, like most people in the background whilst getting on with things!

A highly recommended must buy.
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on 13 November 2013
My thoughts are a little mixed on this one but this is purely because a lot of the songs sound very samey! However I can't fault Shane's vocal ability, he has a lovely voice and I really enjoy listening to this album. It's very catchy, happy and gives you a lift when you listen to it. I think it's a great start to his solo career and if it was my first album I'd feel very proud. I also note that Shane has co-wrote most of the album which is nice to see. I also like the fact that he has stepped away from the typical ballad stereotype and he has more of a folk feel about him. Exciting times ahead and I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
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on 15 November 2013
this has got to be the best first album I've heard in a long time. A complete mixture of up beat song and slow song. There isn't a track I don't like Its fantastic.... A MUST BUY ALBUM.
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on 9 November 2013
What a return for one of the greatest bands lead singer, every song a treat to listen to, can't wait to see shane belt these songs out in Liverpool in feb! A must for crimbo!
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on 23 March 2016
A total change of direction from Westlife and I love it! Don't get me wrong, I did like Westlife but definitely thought they were better than all the cover versions they did! This album from Shane has more of an upbeat country/folk/soft rock sound and Shane should be very very proud of the songs on this album - all of which were written by him. I have always liked Shane's voice from his days in Westlife and thought he could definitely make it on his own. I can imagine a lot of Westlife fans would prefer him to be doing ballads, but I think this album shows Shane is more than capable of being a singer/songwriter in his own right. For me, Shane on his own, doing this kind of music is far better suited to him. I would definitely recommend giving this a listen. The highlights for me are "Everything To Me", "About You" "Knee Deep In My Heart", "In The End", "Baby Lets Dance", "Everytime", "Always Tomorrow"...
Also, I can highly recommend going to see him on tour. He puts on such a good show and it's amazing how consistently good his vocals are live. He is also such a nice guy and I wish him all the best for his solo career.
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on 19 March 2014
I was pleasanltly surprised at how much I enjoyed this album. Though I'm a huge Westlife fan, I've never really liked an album in its entirety. There a few tracks that have a similar sound, but at least they're all good, well-sung tracks. I like that he experiments with different sounds outside of the typical Westlife style. Going solo has allowed room for Shane to grow and change as an artist. I feel proud of Mr. Filan (not that I know him lol) for writing on almost every track on the album. He's come a long way!

The opening track "Everything To Me," which is also his first single, is one of the weakest songs in my mind. It's a happy song, but the way the chorus goes just doesn't sound right. "About You" is a much better, stronger track and single. It has the classic Westlife sound that people are used to hearing. "Knee Deep In My Heart" and "Baby Let's Dance" are fun, upbeat songs. They're quite pleasant and are among my favourites off the album. I love the raw sound of the acoustic versions on the extra disc as well as songs such as "Always Tomorrow" and "All You Need To Know," which are more toned down and really showcase Shane's vocals. "In The End" is just a top tune, great pop song. "Just The Way You Love Me" is the opening track on Disc 2, and for some reason which I can't really explain, I love it so much. I think it's the way he sings the chorus that kinda makes me swoon. Overall, I think it's a solid pop album. I'm glad I got the Deluxe Edition. I just hope his solo career gets more exposure because the music is definitely worthy.
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on 20 November 2013
was not sure what to expect, but after the first listen was pleasantly surprised, I enjoyed listening to the whole album with out skipping tracks. now I play it while driving to work, and Plan to keep it there for a while.nice voice too.
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on 14 January 2014
if your into melody and fine pop then id recommend. Sometimes the angst that Westlife churned out in the later years tended to be a bit of a put off for me at least. This album is a good departure of predominantly up beat and catchy songs. I think its too easy to be dismissive of this type of genre, however not every one wants deep thought and trendy. Shane has a quality voice and it fits very well . If I had one piece of feedback it would be to have a greater change to rhythm and time structures across the songs as some tracks feel similar. That aside, Well done, I wish him success in his solo career and I look forward to the next album
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on 23 January 2015
Absolutely loved Westlife, so got to support the guys as they go solo. Great album from Shane, all love songs, what else would we expect/want from him. If he can write songs like these, its a wonder why all of the Westlife songs were cover versions, Shane's writing talent went unnoticed for all these years.
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on 6 November 2013
Whether you loved or hated Westlife this is worth a listen.
Its upbeat , classy , pop music.
Shane has a great voice and its a good record.
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