Turn It On [Bonus Tracks]

Turn It On [Bonus Tracks]

by Ronan KeatingRonan Keating
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While its cover art, which features a stubbly Ronan Keating posing in a white sleeveless vest, suggests that the Boyzone frontman has undergone either a George Michael-esque reinvention or a rock star makeover, his third solo album, Turn It On, heads even further toward the middle-of-the-road country-pop territory that he previously hinted at through his chart-topping cover of Garth Brooks' "If Tomorrow Never Comes." The all-star songwriting team of his two previous releases, Ronan and Destination, which included New Radicals' Gregg Alexander and Diane Warren, is gone, and in its place is Keating himself, who co-wrote all but two of its 14 tracks alongside the likes of Steve Robson, Wayne Hector, and Steve Mac (Westlife), giving an indication of the disappointingly regressive direction Keating is heading. Packed full of easy listening acoustic midtempo tracks, the likes of the Latin-flavored "First Time," the mellow "She Gets Me Inside," and the rootsy "On My Way" are all produced with sophistication but lack any of the spark that "Life Is a Rollercoaster" and "Lovin' Each Day" had in abundance, while anodyne covers of Kenny Rogers' "She Believes (In Me)" and Terence Trent D'Arby's "Let Her Down Easy" do little to change the monotone sound that dominates the majority of the album. However, when Keating attempts something a little more upbeat, Turn It On becomes much more interesting. "Turn It on Again" is an infectious slice of FM rock, co-penned by Ricky Ross, which is just as driving and melodic as Ross' '80s material with Deacon Blue; the Bryan Adams-esque "Back in the Day" allows Keating the opportunity to showcase his newfound husky vocals; and the captivating "Last Thing on My Mind" is a surprisingly subtle duet with LeAnn Rimes that cleverly meets in the middle of their increasingly near-colliding musical paths. Keating claims that Turn It On is the chance "to see the real me," but its overreliance on melancholic ballads and notable absence of the feel-good factor of his previous output suggest that maybe the real Ronan needs to lighten up a little.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/07/2003
Label: Spectrum Audio Uk
UPC: 0602498658826
catalogNumber: 9865882

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronan Keating   Primary Artist
Liam Bradley   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Paul Bushnell   Bass
David Frank   Drums,Keyboards,Pipe organ
James Hallawell   Keyboards
London Session Orchestra   Track Performer
Calum MacColl   Guitar,Background Vocals
Dominic Miller   Guitar
Tim Pierce   Electric Guitar
Brian Rawling   Drums
Steve Robson   Guitar,Keyboards
Mark Smith   Bass
Paul Turner   Bass
Terence Elliott   Electric Guitar
Peter Lockett   Percussion
Janet Ramus   Background Vocals
Shawn Lee   Percussion,Drums
Adam Phillips   Guitar
Kieran Kiely   Accordion
Wayne Hector   Background Vocals
Yvonne John Lewis   Background Vocals
Paul Barry   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mark Read   Background Vocals
Cliff Masterson   Piano
Rob Davis   Guitar,Keyboards
Rohan Thomas   Keyboards
Brandon Christy   Guitar
John Wood   Guitar
Steve Jones   Guitar

Technical Credits

Gregg Alexander   Composer,Producer
Lauren Christy   Composer
Steve Gibb   Composer
Derek Bason   Engineer
Alan Branch   Producer
Terence Trent D'Arby   Composer
David Frank   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
James Hallawell   Programming
Jack Kugell   Engineer
Calum MacColl   Composer,Producer
James McNally   Composer
Richard Niles   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Malcolm Pardon   Composer
Steve Robson   Composer,Producer
Ren Swan   Programming,Engineer
Gavyn Wright   String Conductor
Graham Edwards   Composer
Keith McDonnell   Engineer
Ricky Ross   Composer
Ash Howes   Producer
Peter Lockett   Programming
Steve Mac   Composer
Ronan Keating   Composer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Paul Meehan   Programming
Paul Barry   Composer
Scott Spock   Composer
Cliff Masterson   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Laurence Brazil   Engineer
Matrix   Arranger,Producer
Kevan Gallagher   Engineer
Rob Davis   Programming,Producer
Reece Gilmore   Programming
Fredrik Rinman   Composer
Joshua Binder   Engineer
Brandon Christy   Programming
John Wood   Programming
Gareth Mannix   Guitar Engineer
Mark Taylor   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Wil Malone   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Chris Garcia   Engineer

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