Posts Tagged “Westlife”

Hmmm. Such an easy question but also a hard one. Personally, as my blog description says, “a YL with a soft spot for Westlife and NASCAR”.

YL – is the term given to all females (young or old) in ham radio.
Westlife – if you know me, then you know who Westlife are. If you don’t, go check my videos on YouTube and FlickR or do a Google search!
NASCAR – again, if you know me you know what the fuss is about! If not, go check out NASCAR and if you’re in the UK and have Premier Sports (Sky 433) check it out!

The point of my blog is to post things that interest me and that I hope will interest others whether specifically looking for something or who just happen to come across my blog.

A little bit of ham radio, a little bit of NASCAR, a little bit of Westlife and a whole mix of other stuff 🙂

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Apologies for some of the blurriness, I need to work out the settings on the camera lol 🙂

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1) No One’s Gonna Sleep Tonight
2) When Your Looking Like That………….Mark’s Speech
3) World Of Our Own
4) What Makes A Man
5) Safe
6) Home…………………Nicky’s Speech/Banner Reading
7) Beautiful Tonight

Medley
8) Viva La Vida
9) Only Girl
10) Time Of My Life
11) Bad Romance
12) I Predict A Riot

13) Seasons In The Sun……….Shane’s Speech
14) You Raise Me Up
15) I’m Already There
16) I Will Reach You………….Kian’s Speech
17) Flying Without Wings
18) What About Now
19) Uptown Girl
(just before the end the front blocks get covered in confetti!!!)

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Usually, it’s Westlife. Lately as well it’s been Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley.

My UK readers will probably have no clue who Lady Antebellum or Brad Paisley are. My USA readers will probably have no clue who Westlife are either 😛 Go look any of them on Wikipedia, then YouTube 🙂

Westlife, as you’ll know from the other blog pages, I’ve been a huge fan of since 1998. Lady Antebellum (called Lady A by some) I discovered back in December 2009. I listen to American radio (UK radio sucks) and heard their song “Need You Now” and thought ‘hmm, pretty catchy’. I saw Westlife in May, June and August of 2010 and one of their support acts, Wonderland (new girl group – 5 girls; 1 English, 4 Irish), started singing a song that sounded familiar. It turned out to be Lady A’s “Need You Now”. Lady A did briefly tour here back in 2010 but are not well known here. It was interesting that Wonderland covered “Need You Now”.

Brad Paisley I discovered on the American radio stations I listen to. Also, this past Sunday was the NASCAR Daytona 500. Brad sang at the opening events. I now have his entire back catalogue via iTunes 😛 (currently cheaper than buying the CDs in HMV!). Again, he is virtually unheard of in the UK.

I also like to listen to house, trance, drum & bass and UK garage to cheer me up. The labels Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi have a good selection of all of these on their compilation albums.

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Hmm.

1 – NASCAR – Because I just love the sport, the cars, the drivers, the atmosphere, the culture… everything about it.

2 – Westlife – I love them and their music and have done since way, way back.

Most people are probably picking words like “sunshine” or “flowers” but hey the above are my favourite words 🙂

What is your least favourite word?

Spider. Because I am terrified of them and the feeling they give me when I see or hear about one, even typing about them causes me to check around the room. :-/

What word are you entirely neutral about?

Karma.

For all your word choices, is it how they sound, or what they mean that defines your opinion of them?

With my faves it’s because I like what they are about and yeah they sound pretty cool 🙂

For my least fave word it sounds harsh and horrible with it’s two syllables anyway.

For my neutral word, it’s just what I believe and have experienced and seen it experienced by others.

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1 – Beautiful Tonight – Funky, upbeat about how “you never looked more beautiful tonight”. Nice vocal arrangement and nice use of instruments. Sounds like a choir in the background towards the end.

2 – Safe – What Westlife are traditionally known for, the sweeping ballad with key change towards the end 😉 A perfect “Stool” song (which if you’re a seasoned Westlife fan you’ll know what I mean!). Excellent choice for a first single… Shane’s vocals are just perfect. Here is the video

3 – Chances – Cover of Athlete’s song. Personally not heard the original. This sounds out of the box for Westlife… it kinda plods along. Maybe it’ll grow on me but it’s just too indie for the boys.

4 – I Will Reach You – Sounds like a track that is an “extra” that didn’t make it on the last album, it’s got that sound that “Where We Are” had as an album. Poppy chorus, Mark’s vocals suit this track well. Well done Mark on another track on the album, wonder if this was a follow-up to “Reach Out” from the “Where We Are” album?

5 – Closer – Another track that sounds like it fell off the “Where We Are” song train. Shane’s vocals fit nicely to this track. A pounding baseline, poppy song. Sounding a little bit like what I’ve heard recently from Take That. I hope it’s not a direction that Westlife go in. Nice to see the boys wrote this track. For all the “haters” they CAN write their own stuff!

6 – The Reason – Cover of Hoobastank’s song. Again, not heard the original. Sounds kinda indie, sweeping instruments in the background with the boys vocals strong in the foreground. Quiet moments lead into the loud chorus again.

7 – Tell Me It’s Love – Oh my I thought this was “My Love” the remix. Exact same background. A good poppy love song. Even Nicky gets a shot at a solo in this song.

8 – I Get Weak – This reminds me of Blue’s “Breathe Easy”. Shane’s vocals start this slow song and bring it into a strong chorus with drums. A good one for the tour!

9 – Before It’s Too Late – Piano fueled track, Mark’s vocals soft at the start leading into the sweeping instruments in the background. This actually seems like a Mark solo with the boys joining in on the chorus. He did co-write the song, again well done Mark!

10 – No One’s Gonna Sleep Tonight – The 2nd upbeat track on the album. Not quite “Uptown Girl” quality or “When You’re Looking Like That” but still a good poppy song. A good track to remix if released as a single.

11 – Difference In Me – Thought this one was going to be a slowie but it’s mildly uptempo, Shane’s vocals are raw on this one… raw being excellent in this case. The boys lend “sha la la la” in the background just in the right places. Very similar to “Don’t Calm The Storm” but slightly more funkier, from their first EP release in Asia in 1999. I’m not sure what they’ve done production wise but Shane’s vocals are just perfect on this track.

12 – Too Hard To Say Goodbye – Nice intro with the Irish instrument (sorry, don’t know what it is!). Like “Miss You” and “I Need You” on self-title debut album. Similar to “I’ll See You Again”. Nicky solo in this one. Written by the boys in remembrance to Nicky and Kian’s Dad’s.

13 – Please Stay (Bonus Track) – A cover but again I’ve not heard the original. This was performed live on their recent intimate gig. Nicky and Kian solos on this one! A good slowie piano vocal. Typical Westlife sound with the key change towards the end.

Overall I’d give this 10/10 but then I do love the boys and have done since 1998 🙂 But after the “shock” in change of style with “Where We Are” they’ve kinda gone back to their roots. Still not enough Nicky and Kian. Okay so Shane and Mark do have amazing voices but so do Nicky and Kian as proved going right back to “Season’s In The Sun” and “Fragile Heart” amongst others. Nothing outstanding with the uptempo songs like we expect from Westlife… so far I don’t have a favourite track but the album will grow on me 🙂

My first listen of the last album (Where We Are) I had immediate favourite tracks but also other tracks that grew on me. Still disappointed (like a lot of fans) that only one single was released from that album, I hope that doesn’t happen with this one.

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All I can say really for my first post… 😉

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