Although the Irish pop star does Burt Bacharach really well this album is essentially aimed at the pop market and Ronan Keating's own drooling international audience in particular.
He brings his own particular edgy style to Bacharach classics such as Walk On By, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again and I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself, although fans will probably rightfully feel a little peeved and short-changed by the short list of only 10 songs.
Probably his best song in the collection is Arthur’s Theme (The Best I Can Do), but although he works hard at it he is never going to bring the same depth and warmth to Dusty Springfield's beautiful classic version of I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself and nor does he have quite the Irish coffee smoothness and grace of voice as Robbie Williams and George Michael, both of whom have dabbled in Bacharach-style tunes.
Keating is one of the all-time greats of pop, having shot to fame and fortune as the lead singer of Boyzone and with collaborations with greats such as Elton John, Lulu and the Bee Gees. As a solo artist he can write more than 22 million album sales behind his name.
He also sang himself into the record books with 30 consecutive top 10 singles in the UK charts (even beating the legendary Elvis Presley!) and grabbed the world’s attention with the beautiful When You Say Nothing At All.
So, with all these impressive achievements on his CV one has to wonder why a selection of Burt Bacharach numbers?.....other than maybe an easy ride to appease his fans, having not produced anything new and exciting for a while. As it is, the word is that Ronan zipped to America, hooked up with Burt and rather hastily recorded the ten songs on this album and then winged his way home again.
Bacharach songs are hardly hot right now, not that Keating fans will really know or care – but whether this album will sell anywhere near the vast numbers of his other recorded collections seems highly unlikely. Not that the adoring masses will care about the vintage when they slurp this rather syrupy wine by the bottle…..