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      29.01.2009 02:14

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      I know a lot of people mock the group and I can see why, they do release a lot of covers, but there are some good points too. I thought I would do a good vs bad of Westlife:

      The good:

      * 'Flying Without Wings' is an astute and moving pop ballad, with soaring verses and some mighty fine vocals from Mark and Shane
      * They have notched up 13 number one hits, pretty impressive
      * They survived, despite losing Bryan McFadden
      * They have lasted ten years, not bad for a 'boyband'
      * Diana Ross agreed to sing with them for a cover, if she agreed to do that, she must think they are good!
      * Their cover of 'Uptown Girl' is possibly on a par with Joel's original and has a better music video
      * They are good looking

      The bad:

      * 'You Raise Me Up' is sickly, no arguments there
      * They love to sit on stools and sing, then get up for the last chorus
      * Mark seems to put on weight each time they bring out a new single
      * Two of the blonde ones look similar, it is hard to tell which is which
      * They hardly ever do upbeat numbers. Just 3 out of 22 singles so far have been 'uptempo'

      Verdict: Undecided, I bought one of their albums though and admit it was rather acceptable.

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      26.08.2003 00:58

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      Westlife are the best band ever. They are good looking, funny and they are brilliant at singing!! Anyone who thinks that they are better tthan them or they can't sing well they must be jealous. They don't just stick to one style, they change it and if you don't beleive me then you should of seen the concert. They work really hard and try and give you the best of them. THey are legends. THere work is the finest and most detailed. They sing beautifully. They don't give up to easily that is why they are still going now and they will last forever in peoples hearts. They can also play there own instruments, ALL OF THEM CAN PLAY AT LEAST 2!! They do alot of charity work and love doing it too!! THeir albums are great and they are inspiratonal. I think that Westlife deserve alot of credit for what they do and everyone should stick by them and respect them!!

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      24.07.2002 06:07

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      i have none - Advantages: none, none, none - Disadvantages: shit , waste of time, crap

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      15.06.2002 07:32
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      OK,now if anyone can tell me what a 'bop bop baby' is I am quite willing to part with a significant sum of money...No? How surprising.But it isnt just the inane lyrics of Westlife which annoy me so very very much.No,it's more everything about them.Their saccharine lyrics,their unnatractive pudding-ness,and the way their names are all some thing like Keenan,Kieron or Keaton.It's also the fact that having them inflicted upon me seems so unjust so very soon after boyzone.You really would think one group of talentless Irish gimps oozing pseudo-homosexual blandness was enough. With a 'band' this image based commenting on the music seems somewhat redundant,but it's required. Uptown Girl is one of the most utterly souless covers I've ever heard,and from the appearence of various B-list celebrities in the video it seems even their manager didn't think their charm was enough to get them by on this one. World Of Our Own is probably the song of theirs I detest most.It's unoriginal,repetitive,and whiny and I'd rather listen to my dog hawk up phglem balls. Actually,when I said 'world of our own' was their worst song,I was lying.It's looking like that.Not only is it utter crap, but it impresses the idea on their impressionable little fans that unless you're 5"10 and stunning you may as well go out and buy a ridiculous number of cats now,because nobody will ever,ever want you.And they seem like such nice boys!

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        03.06.2002 07:04
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        Westlife are very popular indeed with the Pop Industry and there fans. Westlife have now realesed Nine Singles most of them entering at Number One. Westlife have been named Best Pop Act, Record of the Year, Band of the Year,Best Male Group. The Group Consits of Bryan McFadden ex stafe school and brand new dad to Molly and Kian businessman forker rocker and the one of the many musicians in his proud clan Egan. Theres Mark Feehilly, once oh so quiet but with a voice. Nicky Byrne footballer very witty. and Shan Filan who loves horses this consits of a group called Westlife. Westlife had there first single realesed in April 1999 ''Swear it again'' this made them regionzied by the Pop idustry and eventually after the massive sucess it went straight into number one. Then in August in the same year they realesed ''If i let you go'' which had massive sucess and ended up going to Number One again. Then One of the best known tracks In October they realsed ''Flying without wings'' which went into to Number One. Then In Christmas they had the Christmas top of the charts with ''I had a dream'' went in to Number One again. The first year 1999 was very sucessfull for Westlife. In March in there second year which was 2000 they realesed more singles. In March ''Fool again'' entered at Number One. Then in September 2000 even though after a six month break they where still well known for their music and entered Number One again. Then In October 2001 they realesed ''My love'' which went in to Number one agin. Then the downturn came in December 2000 for Westlife when they had the first single which wasnt top which entered at Number two still a sucess for the group. Then in March 2001, they tried again by realesing ''Uptown girl'' which did it for them again and ended up another Number One. Then in November 2002 they realesed ''Queen of my heart'' wh
        ich entered Number One again which was looking good for Westlife. Then In 2002 they started in Febuary with World of Our Own which was very sucesfull giving them Number One. Then came there baddest ever realese and it seems the likes of Will Young, Gareth Gates, Holly Valance, Shakira are new artists and are popularar then Westlife these days. Bop Bop Baby realesed on the Monday 20th May 2002 Entered not Number One, not Number two, Not Number three, not Number Four, Five they made a downturn and faced they baddest ever Single Highest chart Realese. It seems Westlife are now being beeteen they are still popular but how will the next single be will it fail to make the top ten or will it be another Number one hit for the Westlife guys? Westlife have done quite well with there alvums with ''Westlife there first Album realesed entering number two which wasnt very convincing. but ''Coast to coast'' entered at Number one and then there latest album ''World of our Own entered at Number One. But it still shows that Westilife are still popular in the Pop Industry. The Band are really popular very popular indeed with their Fans. Won many awards still realesed loads of Number One singles. Are Westlife here to stay with the Pop Industry or being blown away after all, Bop Bop Baby was very unsucessfull as to what it was hoped to achieve - in 2002, Westlife achieved a massive downturn - Are Westlife here to stay. It Certainly looks like it this group of lads are set to have another Number One soon making them a very popular band - In there own way Westlife can be described by only one word ''Unique''.

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          12.08.2001 21:17
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          What I hate the most in the world is boy bands and this one is probably the worst. Westlife members are made up of little boys called Shane, Mark, Kian, Bryan and Nicky who probably haven't hit puberty yet. (If your wondering how I know there names its because I have a younger sister aged 13) My sister moans at me about how great they are and how brilliant their voices are, if there so brilliant how come they have to mime on Top of the Pops and other award ceremony’s is it because there hiding something maybe its because really they cant sing :-O shock! I also learnt that in their videos their eyes are digitally enhanced to make them look bluer. Why do this. What’s wrong with there own eyes, but you know what it is it’s to make little girls feel all bubbly inside. That’s another thing that bugs me is the fans. Mainly the fans are female but I bet there a few male fans infact I have a mate who use to like them but for the benefit of this I’ll keep him nameless. I know that screaming fans started with The Beatles but The Beatles had talent and that’s one thing that Westlfe don’t have. I'll give them credit when credit is due they are good at standing around looking pretty. When female fans get to into the band it gives them high aspects in boys and unfortunately for some of my mates their looks aren’t anoth. There was a time when I was watching the MTV awards 2000 with my sister and when the Boy bands song it sounded really good (I Wonder why?), but when I bands came on such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Blink 182 it didn’t sound as good (Mainly because the sound at the awards wasn't very good) and my sister went on and on about how good her bands were and how cack mine were. Man I’d like to rip her little head off. But in general Boy bands especially Westlife are manufactured, built to make money. One day Westlife will be gone and another Boy band will follow. (Maybe called East Territory)

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            24.05.2001 01:56
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            Oh i really can't believe that there are so many girls out there that actually like and buy these really bad cover versions. I dont think that i have ever heard this "band" play an original song. I dont think they could play an original song. Come on how could they be expected to when there Ex-manager was none other than cover version expert Ronan Keating. It really irritates me that there are so many good bands and original songs out there and they are being held off the number one spot by this bag of no talent scumbags. Did you guess that i really dont like them?? I personally think that if you are going to release a song into the charts, it should really be original, or if you cant manage that one how about re-releasing the originals too, then the kids that buy them wouldnt think that "uptown girl" was written by Westlife, or that "father & son" was a Boyzone written hit. It was the same with Boyzone and Take That. All the newly released songs went straight in at number one, i mean who pants is that. So i guess the message in this opinion is get a life Westlife and write some songs of your own, failing that be like Elvis and get someone to write them for you.

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              23.05.2001 01:41

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              You could say that Westlife are five nice decent-looking lads who like a sing-song, don't swear, and will appeal to your daughter and your granny. You could also say they are simply manufactured pap, created by some fat cat record company with one thing in mind - money. I kind of agree with the second statement. *wHy?* Well isn't it obvious??????!!!! a) Their main talent is looks, which isn't, em, actually a talent at all. b) Their originality is non-existent; they are simply Boyzone the second, created for the second lot of pre-pubescent loonies. c) No one, it seems, stopped to think about the quality of the music before launching this attack on mankind. Well it's not important really is it? d) no, wait a second. Let's stop this right here cos, beliEve me, the list is endless. The basic point is Westlife are a sad example of what's popular with young people. Nice looking lads, zero out of ten for the music. You really ARE sending your daughter to the slaughter by recommending she listen to this lot. Thousands of immpressionable girls are taken in by this crap and go for years believing it's actually gOod music. SO we have a nation of people with no music taste. Yes they don't swear but that doesn't mean they should be musical idols surely? WHat happened to musical instruments and song writing? Anyone encouraging Wetlife worshipping needs told - *You are responsible for the sullying of a nation* Westlife must die. (the band, not the members, I mean) Your young daughters will only move onto Eminem next(just as fake and manufactured) so what's the point in her listening to 'nice' music now????

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              24.03.2001 13:11
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              Westlife are one of the most successful boy bands around, and they've only been out 2-3 years. They have had nine singles out, 8 of them have been number one including a duet with Mariah Carey. They are extremely lucky to have all this success and although they have worked hard you start to wonder about their success and originality. I don't think Westlife would've existed if there hadn't already been a successful boyband from Ireland. Also there is a question of if or not they would have been as successful as they are without management from Ronan Keating. Personally I think they wouldn't have been as successful as they have been. They were Cleverly Marketed as Ronan Keatings band, and so this made all the boyzone fans want to buy this band's single or album. In all fairness to Westlife though They do Produce good Singles (even though some of them are covers)and albums which is what the public want. I dont paticuarly Like this type of music, but u can recognise that they have talented voices, so fair play to them.

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                19.03.2001 18:26
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                I really cannot stand Westlife. They are the essence of all that is wrong with pop music today, a manufactured boy band who survives because of their marketing. With one exception all of their singles have gone to number one, including your typical boy band fare of cover versions (in their case heinous versions of "I Have a Dream" and "Uptown Girl") and tacky ballads. All the time these five young Irishmen strut around as if to say, "You fancy us, you're going to buy our records and make us number one again". It may be only me, but they come over as completely arrogant. They are merely faces profiteering from a massive industry. Only the fans can put names to the faces. I may have hated Take That, but at least you could say, "That's Gary, he can write and sing. That's Mark, he can sing. That's Robbie, he can sing and seems to be quite an amusing bloke." Not so with Westlife. To me it was a pity that Westlife were the chosen artist for Comic Relief this year. Had it been anyone else I almost certainly would have bought the record. Fair play to Westlife for doing it, but frankly their version of "Uptown Girl" was bland and embarrassing. I hope Billy Joel was happy at who received the profits, because they did not do his song justice. I am told that Westlife work very hard, often doing 18 hour days for months at a time without a break. That is admirable and probably a big reason for their success, but it does not stop them from appearing to be very arrogant. Everytime I see them I just see them thinking, "You fancy us, you're going to buy our records and make us number one again". And the sad thing is, they're probably right.

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                  14.03.2001 19:21
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                  Sorrry to have to say this girls or indeed boys but Westlife are the crappyest band ever followed by the Spice Girls. No talent and not to mention song stealing they must be in for the worst band ever award (if there is one obviously). PLease if you haven't heard them yet, DO NOT buy they rubbish albums. They are cheapskates and rip you off. To be honest I have only heard a couple of songs from them but after hearing them I never want to see or hear them ever again. They make the next most irritating new band Hear'say look like a bunch of troplets. Thingy, oh God I can't even remember their name are just plain losers especially the real tall one. They are the male equilvalent of the Spice Girls. The rubbish quality is equal to Steps. If you were low enough to buy their CDs, I pity you for you are under a spell. I know I will probably get loads of angry replys about my review but I will always stand by my review for every word of it is true. In my opinion they should notnhave won any adwards especially the song of the year because they are completely crap. They don't deserve to be No 1. Some might call me jealous but I am simply speaking what a lot of people want to say.

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                    18.02.2001 23:13
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                    Westlife, WHO R THEY? I doubt anyone would be saying this! Westlife r just one big publicity machine, thats how they sell records! Sure most artists are like this but westlife just take the piss! They will do allmost anything to get in the tabloids! Publicity stunt 1 They pretended Ronan Keating was their manager! Why? To get people to Know of them and to get them in the papers (sad). Ronan is very popular and they were undoubtadley going to like westlife because they are all clones of HIM! Publicity stunt 2 They pretend that they have sacked their manager Ronan Keating! Why? To get them in the papers, what else! (If this was true they would have to have been insane to sack a manager who has helped them to achieve a string of No 1's!) Publicity Stunt 3 They announce the release date of their 2nd album it is going to be released the same day as the spice girls! Why? To get them huge press coverage and to get public oppinion on their side. They are a group of good looking and not so good looking lads who sing sloppy ballads women love them. The Spice girls are a group of girls who have been around a couple of years and their popularity is sliding! Result: their album goes to No1 stopping the Spices! Publicity Stunt 4 Their single 'what makes a man' fails to reach No1 like all their other ones! Why? Cause it was crap, and no one bought it! This was probably not planned but they turned it around by saying we know it was a crap song! This got them in the papers yet again! There u have it these are just 4 of Westlife's publicity stunts that i could not escape! How many more r there? I fail to c y anyone likes these Irish lads!

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                      22.01.2001 20:59

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                      To be fair to Westlife, they have done nothing particularly wrong with them personally. But it is what they typify that makes me a very angry man indeed. Westlife are typical of the music industry's desire to promote style over substance. They do nothing wring themselves, and sing quite happily along to covers of old Phil Collins songs and covers of lots of other songs that our Mums and Dads used to listen to . But that is the point. I you sat the band down in front of a piano and asked them to write an album the results would not be recordable. I doubt if any of them can play their instruments to any proficiency, and I question exactly how much of their album has been sung by session singers and perhaps the one singer in the band who can reach a note. Yes I know this might all be very unfair, but it is typical of the way music is going. There are far too many GOOD bands out there for the charts and the publicity machines to be clogged up promoting these talent less wannabe's over them. Genuine talent has fallen by the wayside, and if it continues we will never push music forward - where will The Beatles of our generation come from? America, more than likely. At least they now seem prepared to gamble with their music and try something different. Since BritPop died, the UK has produced nothing of merit and lots and lots of rubbish. And so onto this album, which almost seems unimportant. The fact is, Westlife could pick up a karaoke backing track and sing over the top of it, release it and call it an album. And that is exactly what they have done. The lowlights here include 'Flying Without Wings' (if only), 'Seasons In The Su' a dreadful song to start with made even worse by the Westlife boys and a whole host of other ballads that you've heard deon better by other people. They really are the Boyzone for the year 2000. Their second album is equally bad, and their attempt to liven things up a b
                      it with a Ricky martin-esque song Soledad is a disaster. If this is the future of the music industry, then bring back the Sex Pistols.

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                      20.01.2001 17:56
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                      Why do I dislike Westlife? I have nothing against the band members personally. I'm sure there great people once you get to know them. I wish Brian and Kerrie every success with their little one on the way. They can sing, at least I assume they can sing, I don't think I've seen them perform live. Some of them can even, shock, horror, plays musical instruments. Women love them. Your kid sister, your girlfriend, your mother and even your granny thinks there good. Even my Dad thinks there fantastic and wants the CD. Maria Carey also thinks their great. By doing a duet with them she guaranteed herself a number 1 single, which she hasn't done on her own in the UK for a while. So why do I dislike Westlife? Am I jealous of their success and fame? Hand on heart, I can honestly say that I'm not. So why don't I like them? It's the music. It's so bland and inoffensive that I find it offensive. There's just nothing to it. The albums just one dirgy love ballad after another. The singles are uninspired and instantly forgettable. In ten years time will the singles be heralded as classics? I think not. Come to think of it will they anyone actually remember what the singles were called in a years time? I cheered when Bob the Builder beat Westlife to the no.1 spot this Christmas. He has something that the boys seem to miss. He has a little something about him, a charisma and a Rock and Roll attitude! My favourite bit of the Bob the builder video has to be him dressed up like Liam Gallagher crowd surfing. My 2nd favourite bit has to be the cat scratching on the decks. Classic stuff. When Westlife fought the Spice Girls to No.1 album it wasn't on the quality of music but on the number of T.V shows they were on. It was all about PR. Call me crazy but shouldn't it be about the MUSIC! When Westlife finally go on tour and perform, what exactly have the fans got to look forward to? The boys sitting on stools chu
                      rning through an hour of ballads? Maybe the fans will be happy to just scream at them for an hour or so? On a plus side, I hear that the band is looking to work with some new people on their next album because they want to record some up-tempo tunes. Songs that they can do dance routines to. This I have got to see. Lads, if your going to continue clog up the charts then all I ask is ditch the ballads and make music that I can dance to. No Mosh to. Actually boys we do have something in common. I can't dance either!!!

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                        23.12.2000 00:58
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                        I absolutely HATE westlife for several reasons: Firstly they are a manufactured pop band who are talent less. Secondly, they mime at their concerts. At a concert you are paying to hear the band play live not to hear them mime. Thirdly, how many people can name all of their no.1’s? I can’t name one. Fourthly, the only people who buy their singles and albums are stupid (no offence) little girls who are too immature to appreciate good music they just go on how good looking the band is. Fifly, Westlife are not a proper band. They don't even play instruments, the record company probably even held auditions. Sixthly Westlife clog up the charts and do not give GOOD music a chance to get through. I beg you not to buy Westlife records, please, please, please don’t!

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