When Ronan Met Burt

Ronan Keating & Burt Bacharach

Released: 21 March 2011

Genre: Pop

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It's difficult to know where to even begin critiquing an idea quite as thunderously wrong as this one.

For his seventh solo album, and with Mothers Day firmly in mind, former Boyzone singer Ronan Keating has teamed up with one of music's truly great composers, Burt Bacharach.

It's a collaboration that works only if you are minded to hear seminal Bacharach/Hal David classics such as Walk On By and Make It Easy On Yourself reduced to sentimental mush by the quivering tenor of the Boyzone man.

It's hard to choose a worst moment, but by a short head it's Ronan's truly gruesome cover of The Best That You Can Do, the theme to Arthur originally performed – with infinitely more soul – by Christopher Cross.

You feel like taking a cold shower after enduring this horrible record. What next: the songs of Cole Porter, as performed by Peter Andre?

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21-03-2011