REVIEW: 'Spectrum' - Westlife

REVIEW: ‘Spectrum’ – Westlife

Written by The Lazy Music Reviewer

This is the latest review by the Lazy Music Reviewer. He is too busy listening to and promoting lots of awesome music (ahem and has a full time job) that he simply doesn’t have time to do an in-depth review (or maybe he is just not a good enough writer to write one – you decide) but he still wants to “review”.

So, the way he works is he will sum up each song in just a few words (sometimes even one word – he’s just that lazy) and then also link via other people’s words to other more in depth reviews (because he’s wicked and he’s lazy) for your reading pleasure because it’s always good to get more than one person’s opinion, right?

Westlife are an Irish pop vocal group, which formed in 1998 in Sligo, disbanded in 2012 and reunited in 2018. They were originally signed by Simon Cowell in the UK, Clive Davis in the US and managed by Louis Walsh and Sonny Takhar.

The group currently consists of Shane Filan, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan, and Nicky Byrne.

On 3 October 2018, Ken Sweeney of The Irish Sun reported that the band will officially announce their comeback online sometime that day. At exactly 8 pm (GMT time), the same day, the group formally announced that there’ll be new music and a tour coming soon on their official social media accounts like on their newly created Instagram. Their reunion story caused huge fan reaction worldwide. According to the reports, they had been preparing for their comeback for the past year of 2017 as Feehily had said on the same year that he hoped to get them all together for a proper catch-up. It was later revealed that Egan and Filan first talked about their reunion when Adele released “Hello” in late 2015. While Byrne raised his concerns about “…where Westlife’s music fits into the current market” and not wanting to be simply a “nostalgia” act.

The latest full-length album “Spectrum” was released on 15th November 2019.

Let’s find out more about the new album…

1 – Hello My Love

“if Ed Sheeran joined Westlife…oh wait – he did and it really works!”, The Lazy Music Reviewer

“alright, this song is basically the musical equivalent of buying your wife a bunch of flowers after an argument (that you caused.)“,

“A well-produced pop track, surprisingly electric and dance-alike”,

2 – Better Man

“going back to their roots”, The Lazy Music Reviewer

a finger-clicking piano ballad“,

much more towards a traditional boy group sound“,

3 – My Blood

less blood, more vomit, sorry“, The Lazy Music Reviewer

you can tell Westlife’s fanbase has shifted; they’re now writing songs about their kids instead of their wives/girlfriends/boyfriends“,

somehow a mixture of the first two songs“,

4 – Dynamite

waiting for a key change – this won’t disappoint!, The Lazy Music Reviewer

a punchy little number (again, co-written by Sheeran) that gives a dose of much-needed energy to proceedings“,

the one which feels most like Westlife early 2000s sound – and it feels good“,

5 – Dance

maybe you can – but you shouldn’t“, The Lazy Music Reviewer

it’s indistinguishable from a lot of other autotuned modern pop, but there’s a sense of fun about it“,

“some of the tracks before are definitely better chances to conquer the dancefloor“,

6 – One Last Time

pleasant“, The Lazy Reviewer

this, kids, is what you call a’filler’“,

a ballad, quite decently arranged“,

7 – Take Me There

makes me want some sun“, The Lazy Reviewer

you can imagine hearing this in a bar on holiday in Marbella and thinking ‘That sounds a bit like Westl… nahhhh.’“,

do you really want Westlife to take you somewhere“,

8 – Repair

next!“, The Lazy Music Reviewer

it’s a cheesy midtempo, string-laden number with a beat – it’s grand“,

maybe they should rather sing about repairs after vehicle failure or household good.“,

9 – Without You

it’s very Hold Back The River!“, The Lazy Music Reviewer

Feehily shows them how it’s done“,

lack of character – sad“,

10 – L.O.V.E.

ooo spelling is FUN!“, The Lazy Reviewer

may have been written on a Fisher Price toy keyboard“,

feels like a song performed by a bunch of teenagers who just have laid down their first girl“,

11 – Another Life

one for a Sunday“, The Lazy Reviewer

a softly-strummed acoustic singalong to end on“,

nice one for a nap“,

What are your thoughts? Can you sum this album up in one sentence? Go on – be lazy, you know you want to!

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