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After the sad news about the death of Stephen Gately from Boyzone I wanted to listen to and write about their best of album called By Request. The front album cover shows the boys walking along a street.
The first song is called I Love The Way You Love Me and is a typical slow ballad. This song reached number 2 in the charts in 1998.
Number 2 song is No Matter What which was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber for the musical Whistle Down the Wind. This was their 12th consecutive hit and it reached number 1 also in 1998. It was the 4th best selling single for that year.
Number 3 is called All That I Need. It was another hit from 1998 and also reached number one in the charts and is yet another slow ballad.
The next song, number 4 is Baby Can I Hold You. This ballad was released in 1997 and it reached no 2 in the charts. The original song was by Tracey Chapman and came out in 1988.
Number 5 is Picture of you. This is a more upbeat song and it was also released in 1997. Ronan Keating won an Ivor Novello reward for this song and it was the theme music for the film Bean with Mr Bean. It reached number 2 in the Uk charts.
The next song is another Ballad, This one is called Isn't it a Wonder and it also reached number 2 in the charts in 1998.
Song number 7 is called A Different Beat and it reached number one in 1996. It has an African sound to it with the backing vocals in the chorus.
Number 8 is called Words and was originally sung by the Bee Gees. This song was their first number one hit in the UK and was their fifth single to be released back in October 1996.
Number 9 is called Father and Son. It is a really nice ballad with some lovely words to it. This song came out in 1885 and reached number 2 in the charts. Yusuf Islam wrote the song and originally sung it with his son singing the parts of the song and himself singing the part of the father.
The next song, number 10 is a more upbeat number called So Good. It reached number 3 in the charts in 1995.
Song number 11 is another ballad called Coming Home Now. It reached number 4 in the charts in 1996. It has a good shooby doo wop wop backing vocal to it.
Number 12 is called Key to my Life and another ballad. This was their second single and it reached number 3 in the charts. It was released in April 1995.
Number 13 is called Love Me For a Reason and was originally sung by the Osmonds. Boyzone released this song in 1994 and it was their first hit in the Uk reaching number 2.
The next song is The Going Gets Tough and was released in 1999 for comic relief and reached number 1 in the Uk charts. The original song was by Billy Ocean and was the theme for the film Jewel of the Nile. The song has a good fast beat to it and it was the tenth best selling single for 1999.
Song number 15 is called You Needed Me and is a lovely slow ballad with some nice acoustic guitar playing for accompaniment. This song also reached number 1 in the charts in 1999. The song was written by Randy Goodrum and was sung by Anne Murray back in 1978.
Song number 16 is called When You Say Nothing at All and was written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz. It was origianlly a country song and was sung by Alison Krauss and also Keith Whitely. This song was Ronan Keatings first solo single and it reached number 1 in 1999. He sung the song for the soundtrack of the film Notting Hill.
The last 3 songs, All The Time In The World, Ill Never Not Need You, and So They Told Me are not really greatest hits just there to fill up the album. The first one is a nice slow song which is a typical boy band song. The second one is another slow song with a nice beat to it. The last song So They Told Me is a nice song with a catchy rhythm to it and some weird whistling in the background.
My favourite song of the album is No Matter What as its such a lovely song.
Boyzone - By request
For me this takes me back to my teenage years and I have taken it out of my long lost selection of music CD's to have a listen. I have to admit its a lot more relaxing that I thought it would be. I am going to describe and rate each track out of 5. I will also give the length of each song in minutes and seconds.
1. I love the way you love me (3.49) 5/5
It starts off with a fluttery magical orchestra playing. Ronan and Stephen sing in the song and their voices sound soft. It's a romantic type of song. I have to admit I'm biased though as it was the first song I danced to on my wedding day. The orchestra plays throughout giving it a dreamy feel. The song is about they love the way someone loves them even their bad points. All the silly little things they do.
2. No matter what (4.36) 5/5
Another slow song, which has a soft, beat to it. You find yourself singing along to this one, as it is catchy. It is about no matter what happens their love is forever. The violins play in the middle making it have an edgy feel to it with the orchestra playing making it relaxing to listen to.
3. All that I need (3.44) 4/5
This song is about a girl being all that they need, the title really gives it away. It is about a man being lost as his girl has left him. It is a typical Boyzone style song it's a slow pop song, which is easy to sing along to. It has a soft beat throughout and the chorus is catchy.
4. Baby can I hold you (3.17) 4/5
This is a sad song, which is slow. The song is about being sorry and they want them to forgive them. They find it hard to use words to express themselves. You can hear trumpets throughout the song, which are soft and relaxing.
5. Picture of you (3.32) 4/5
A more up-tempo song which could get you jigging to the beat. I will always remember this song for the Mr Bean film. It is about someone driving them mad and at the end of the day they were the only person they could rely on. It really gives out the message that you shouldn't judge people before you get to know them. I find myself tapping my feet to the beat. The drums are being played and it has a slight jazzy feel to it. The trumpets play giving it a nice beat and I like the tune they in the middle.
6. Isn't it a wonder (3.47) 4/5
This is a slow song, which is similar to the others, with the orchestra playing. It is about all the little things in life being a wonder and they have changed now they have been heartbroken. The guitar is playing softly throughout.
7. A different beat (4.18) 3/5
I have to admit listening to this song now it seems rather cheesy. It sounds like a storm is brewing at the start with people chanting. It is about wanting the world to become one no matter where anyone is from. Eeeyaayoo eeyaayoo is the chorus which I don't know what it means but you will find yourself shouting it even time the chorus comes along. The tract is slightly faster than some of the other songs on the album but it still has Boyzone's style to it.
8. Words (4.06) 5/5
This song to me is the most known my husband thinks he sounds like Ronan every time he sings it. Though sadly he does not lol! It is a slow song with the piano and violins playing throughout. It is a song about a man trying to tell a girl that he loves her but she doesn't believe the words he is saying.
9. Father and son (2.49) 3/5
It's a slow song, which gets you thinking. It is about a father taking to his son and giving him advice. It sounds a lot like the other songs really to me.
10. So good (3.06) 2/5
This has got a funky beat to it at the start, which is different and is pure cheesy pop! I remember the silly dances Boyzone used to do with this song, makes me laugh thinking about it now. It is a faster song and to be honest it is pretty bad but I thought it was great when I was younger. The song is about being so good, which again the song title gives away.
11. Coming home now (3.48) 3/5
Another slow and typical boy band song which is trying to be sexy and cool with the soft talking and soft talking and singing. I have to say the chorus is catchy as you do find yourself singing along to it. It is about coming home after a long time.
12. Key to my life (3.47) 4/5
I like this song as it has a nice beat to it. Again the orchestra and piano can be heard clearly. It about a girl being perfect for them and their life got much better once they met them. It is a typical boy band song but for some reason I think it is slightly better others which are similar.
13. Love me for a reason (3.41) 3/5
Another song which you find yourself singing along to. It is a pure pop song, which would appeal to teenagers. It is slightly faster and during the chorus you will find yourself swaying to the beat. It is about them wanting a girl to love them for a reason and not just use them.
14. When the going gets tough (3.40) 3/5
This song has a silly vibe to it with a macho feel to it at the start with men chanting when the going get going the tough gets going! Then the trumpets come in to the build up to Ronan singing. Then there is a fast beat which sort of sounds computerised. It is about doing anything for someone no matter how tough things are.
15. You needed me (3.31) 3/5
This song has been slowed down lots and is very dreamy. All you can hear is the guitar and piano playing softly with the triangle and drums beating softly. The song is about someone being there when he needed her. It really fits in with the soppy and romantic feel throughout the album. At the end the choir sing along.
16. When you say nothing at all (4.20) 5/5
This song remind me of Notting Hill and it is has a nice feel to it. It is a relaxing song, which gets you singing along to. It is not as soppy as some of the other tracks on the album, so it gets my attention more. It is about someone being able to comfort him even if they say nothing.
17. All the time in the world (4.17) 1/5
This really is an album filler if you ask me, as it's not great. I don't really like it and find that I skip it quite often. It is about waiting for a girl as they have been hurt before. I think it doesn't really stand out.
18. I'll never need you (4.12) 1/5
This is a faster song but I don't think it is great either and is another album filler. The chorus sort of sounds like people is screeching to me.
19. So they told me (3.29) 2/5
This song is another album filler and isn't very memorable. It is a faster song with a faster beat but I don't think it really suits Boyzone's style. I skip this one and go to the start again once it comes on.
This album costs £8.78 on Amazon, which I think is good value as it is the best of Boyzone apart from the last three songs, which are rubbish really. I find this album is a great one to relax and chill out to. It really is only for Boyzone fans and probably is more a trip down memory lane as a lot of the music wouldn't really be in style for today.
This is in effect the greatest hits collection from Boyzone, which was released before they disappeared from the music scene (and then came back last year). It contains pretty much every single that they have released in the UK, plus a few tracks towards the end that I presume are new bonus tracks as I was not previously familiar with them.
*My Favourite Tracks*
I Love The Way You Love Me
This is a slow ballad which alternates between Ronan and Stephen in terms of vocals. I have a bit of difficulty understanding Stephen's vocals at times and have had to look the lyrics up on the Internet. I really like this track even though I don't think it was a massive hit.
All That I Need
This is another slow track, which Ronan sings lead vocals on. His voice is quite husky and gravelly at times which can make the vocals sound a bit strained at times, but this is a nice track.
Picture Of You
This takes the album in a more upbeat direction temporarily. It was used in the soundtrack for one of the Mr Bean films, and Mr Bean actually appears in the video too. It is a welcome change from the ballads and slow tracks that dominate the album until this point and it is quite a fun song to listen to.
This is another quite slow track with Ronan taking over much of the vocals again. It can get a bit repetitive in terms of lyrics.
Father And Son
Although this track sounds like it should be a duet, it is actually Ronan singing all of the vocals (as far as I can tell anyway). For me, this track is quite emotional as it is a father passing on his wisdom to his son.
Key To My Life
The verses of this track are quite slow (with Stephen on the vocals) but the tempo picks up a little bit when Ronan takes over before the chorus. I would still class this as a mid-tempo ballad in general though. I like the combination of Stephen and Ronan on the vocals as many of the tracks just feature Ronan's vocals only.
Love Me For A Reason
This is one of my favourite tracks on the album. It is more up-tempo than most of the other tracks, although I wouldn't class it as up-tempo as such. Ronan opens the vocals, with Stephen taking over after the first chorus. The backing track builds up towards the end of the track, and I like the small section where the backing track temporarily cuts out for a few seconds so that the a cappella harmonies can be heard.
You Needed Me
This is another slow track with Ronan singing the vast majority of the vocals.
If you are a fan of Boyzone in general, you will probably enjoy this album as it contains 19 tracks. The last three tracks (All The Time In The World, Never Not Need You and So They Told Me) seem to be new tracks that haven't previously been released as singles, but there are a lot of tracks on this album that many people will be familiar with. The album is quite top-heavy with ballads with a few slightly more up-tempo tracks thrown in for good measure. All in all, it is a pretty good album that one that I enjoy listening to.
I always thought a “best of” album, was a compilation of some of your greatest hits, not just a collection of every song you have released to date. I always think that releasing a “best of” album is a signal that the artist(es) will not be releasing anymore material (i.e they are splitting up). In this case it appears the latter is indeed true, it seems Boyzone have split, and I can’t say I am sad. The band have previously released only 3 albeit successful albums, but surely this is not enough material for a greatest hits. They had 8 numbers ones, and they are all on here, along with most of the other songs they released in their relatively short time together, and I think it is just another way of making money from fans of the band. So who are Boyzone? I am sure everyone knows Ronan Keating. He is the front man, the talented and good looking one, who it now seems the rest of the hangers on…..sorry band members have shunned, and I can only think it is because they have not managed to come near to him in terms of success as a solo artist, and they are jealous. This CD was so short of tracks, that there is a solo track by Ronan on it. Stephen Gately is famous for coming out of the closet, when frankly it was no surprise anyway. He has had 2 minor hit singles, and seems more content to be out of the limelight. Mikey Graham, is the most deluded in the band. This man thinks he has lots of talent. He has released 2 singles which has disappeared without a trace, and he has now cancelled his UK tour, and I heard the real reason was that tickets were selling at very low levels. Now onto the other 2 members, who could get a job on Star Trek, as they were such great cling-ons. Keith Duffy, last seen in The Celebrity Big Brother house. He has tried to release a single with his fellow cling-on Shane Duffy, which was a cover of the Milli Vanilli track “Girl You Know It’s True”. It was painfully bad, and Sha
ne must remember that he is not a rapper from downtown New York. Keith is now trying to forge a career in television, as he claims his talents are here and not with music. Finally, as I have already mentioned there was also Shane Lynch, generally annoying and big headed member of the group. His sisters were in the group “Bewitched”, and he married Esther from Eternal, only for it all to turn sour within a year. He now races cars for Ford, and generally tries to live off his name. The saddest claim this band ever made was that they were the only Irish act that have given U2 a run for their money. I bet U2 are quaking in their boots…Daniel O Donnell is more of a threat. Anyway, I do not want to sound too biased as I am sure there are some devoted fans out there, so I will review the CD. The CD starts with a track which I admit I like and sing along to with much vigour. “I Love The Way You Love Me”, is a true love song with meaningful lyrics. The first verse is “I like the feel of your name on my lips, and I like the sound of your sweet gentle kiss. The way that your fingers run through my hair, and how your scent lingers even when you're no there”, and it is how a love song should be. In 1998, “No Matter What” won The Record Of The Year, and it really showed that ballads were what the fans and general public loved to hear from the group. Stephen sings most of this song which is from a west end musical called “Whistle Down The Wind”. This track is quickly followed by the weak, and instantly forgettable “All That I Need”. The next song, another ballad, “Baby Can I Hold You” is a very strong track, and has a very mature sound. I am a lover of lyrics, and again these are great lyrics. “Picture Of You” was something of a breakthrough song for the band. It was used on the soundtrack to the Mr Bean movie, but it also won an I
vor Novello award, and it was then that people decided to sit up and take them seriously, especially Ronan, and then the cracks began to show. The next track has an African influence, and I have to see it is one of my least favourite on the CD. “A Different Beat” is a politically correct song, and was Boyzone trying to show they have a diverse side, but they never quite carry it off. December 1996, saw the band get their first number one. “Words” is another ballad, and I always think Ronan’s voice is at it’s strongest on ballads. The lyrics are great too. “It’s only words, but words are all I have to take your heart away”. Corny I know, but I love them nonetheless. The band seem to do well with cover versions, and I will admit here and now that the Cat Stevens song “Father and Son” is an excellent cover version. It is a beautiful ballad, and the lyrics are sublime. It hit number 2 in the charts and seemed like it would be there forever. “So Good” is an upbeat song, and the band had a great dance routine to go with it, but it lacks depth with it’s empty words. Personally, I hate the next song with a passion. “Coming Home Now” is a tuneless song which was only released to keep the band in the public eye. It never seems to make it’s mind up what it wants to do, and results in a very tuneless song. “Key To My Life” was the second single, and is instantly forgettable. “Love Me For A Reason” was the single that thrust the angelic and very young looking band into the spotlight. It went straight in at No 2 in the charts in 1994, and this Osmonds cover was seen on every TV programme in the country. Another cover came with the next track. “When The Going Gets Tough” was a track covered especially for Comic Relief, and they boys did a good job, and I think it is because they stopped taking themselves so seriously a
nd started to enjoy what they were doing. “You Needed Me” is shock horror! Another ballad! I had forgotten how many they had actually done. It is an average song, but with the exposure the band get it was a big hit. The next track should not really be on here, as it is a solo single released by Ronan. I have to say that while I never liked or disliked Boyzone, I am a Ronan Keating fan, and “When You Say Nothing At All” from the film Notting Hill, won Ronan a whole new army of fans. The last three tracks on the CD are lesser known, and spoil the CD more than necessary as it limps to an end. “All The Time In The World”, “I’ll never not need you” and “So They Told Me” are obvious gap fillers, and I would have rather had a shorter CD than have this disappointing ending. I think that this is a perfect CD for die hard fans, but if you have not liked the stuff Boyzone have released, then there will be nothing on here which will change your mind.
I have to admit that I was quite surprised that Boyzone released a "Best of" album because before the likes of "Picture of you" and "Baby can I hold you", I hadn;t really noticed them all that much. Having said that, my husband bought mt his cd for Christmas a while back, and I was surprised at the number of songs on here that I recognised. The band seem to have gone from strength to strength, and it's sad news that they won;t be doing another album for sometime, if ever. Ronan Keating has a truly wonderful voice, and it's little wonder that he's also gone on to have a successful career on his own. There are some brilliant tracks on here, my favourite being "Picture of You" because it reminds me of the video with Mr Bean! But "You needed me" and "When you say nothing at all" are also excellent tracks. It's a sure sign that I'm getting old though by writing a review on a boyband - GnR please forgive me!
If you are a true boyzone fan then this you must buy as it is a collection of all their best tracks. It has all the hits on the album from the very early days through to present day, with even Ronan's solo 'When you say nothing at all'. I listen to this album on the PC all the time and don't for one minute regret buying it. You could say I'm too old at 29 to be a Boyzone fan but I am and can't find fault with them. Ronan is by far the better singer and has done immensely well on his own but I do look forward to some tracks from them all when they decide to release some more. If you haven't got this already I throughly recommend you go out and buy it.
You either love them or you hate them don't you? Personally i think they're alright. 'By request', is a compilation of their finest songs released over the past few years. The album contains 19 tracksand hits include:- Father and son, all that i need, baby can i hold you tonight, when you say nothing at all, you needed me, when the going gets tough(cover of the Billy Ocean track) and, i love the way you love me(originally done by an american country artist named John Michael Montgomery). If you have enjoyed some of Boyzone's songs, then you might want to add this one to your collection. As it has been on release for some time now, you can probably expect to pay back catalogue price of about £15.99.
OK OK, so we have loads of boy band's out there, but have we not had them for years, although most people won't think of it like this but what were "The Beatles" and "The Rolling Stones" believe it or not they were boy band's in their days!! So we move on a few decades, we have a completly different style in music from all those years ago, but why does that mean we should not have serious boy band's, Beatlemania was all to do with good looks and good tunes, I would say Boyzone are just the same!! By Request is their Greatest hits album that covers all three of their massive selling albums, with 8 number one's and who know's how many top ten hit's it sure does deserve the title of a Greatest Hits album. So Ronan, Mikey, Shane, Stephen and Keith are all normal blokes from the Emerald isle, which if you ask me is where all the real talent is coming from these days, never has Ireland had such a good run for it's money with band's like this since U2, which may I add are a boy band (well they are!!). All of the guys do their fair share of singing and writing, more so Ronan and Stephen. The brains behind the writing is none other than Ronan himself he is full of talent and has also recently embarked on many solo projects one of them being the co manager of Irish sensation Westlife, but he has also had an equally successful solo career now with 2 UK number 1's and a UK number 1 album. Stephen has also recently embarked on a solo career with a recent top 5 UK hit other band member Mikey also took up the solo reigns but was not to concerned about how his single was to do in the charts although acheiveing a top 10 hit the same week as Stephen released his single. So back to "By Request" It is full of all the songs we love and a few of the ones we hate "Picture Of You" from the gocky "Bean The Movie", not one of their finer moments, one thing I
will say about Boyzone is they are not all that good at pop and should stick to ballads which they nroamlly do. Although they did do a fantastic cover version of "When The Going Get's Tough" which is the biggest selling Comic Relief single ever, and it is on the album, they also do an amazing cover of Anne Murray's (an old time crooner from years gone by) "You Needed Me", the first time I heard this song was sitting inthe car and my eyes just filled, I have listened to this then the original and apart from one being a man and the other a woman there is no difference in the talent. I think these guys will be around for a while to come, justhope they don't go to much out on their own.
As a 24 year old, who is mainly into Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, and Meat Loaf, I wouldn't ever have called myself a fan of Boyzone - I mean, they were just another boy band, weren't they? Or so I thought, until I actually heard some of their music - and shock horror....*liked* it! In fact, I loved it. Their cover versions of songs such as 'Words', 'Father and Son' and 'Love Me For A Reason' are amazing, and in no way are they worse than the original, as so often happens when old songs are covered. While their cover versions are great, Boyzones own material is excellent too. Although Ronan Keating gets most of the attention, being the lead singer (admittedly, he has a great voice), I think that part of the reason Boyzone have been so successful is that the members all work together - none of them stand apart from the others, which is good. All in all, I'll probably buy their other albums at some point, but if you just want some wonderful music to relax and put your feet up to, you can't go wrong with 'By Request'
This album is packed with all their many hits, most of them reaching number one. It also contains Ronan Keating's song When You Say Nothing At All from the film Notting Hill which went straight to number one as well. Boyzone have been around for over five years now and have a huge fan base. If you haven`t bought any of their earlier abums then this is a must-have. No Matter What went straight to number one and hung around in the top 40 for ages. It was hugely popular and won record of the year. Everyone knows at least one Boyzone hit because of their popularity but many will know all of them. All of their songs are worthy of the success they received as they are all very well written lyrics with catchy tunes.
I have just bought this CD and it is the best I am very please that I have just go this. All my fav songs are on this on cd. I play it everywhere. In my car in the bath and in my office I can not get enough of this CD i have all the other CD which i paly but this has to be the best. I thinks that they should all be gay icons because this is the best group on the market to date. I am now please that Stephen has now come out and said he is Gay. this is the best news all round if you have not heard this cd go out and by it now you will not be disapointed I lay my heart on it
This is an essential for any Boyzone fan at all - even if you are remotely interested in them you will love this. There is something for everyone - and all the best songs have been well-picked out. It is a chance to hear songs you might not have heard before (well, for those of you who have only recently been into Boyzone) such as "Love Me For A Reason" and "So Good" - in fact any song from the first (or second) album. If you have been a Boyzone fan since they first began (1995), like me, then this is a fabulous collection to have, collecting and grouping together all of Boyzone's most gorgeous, memorable songs onto one album. This also includes four new tracks, so for those of you who have heard all other Boyzone songs millions of times before, there's something fresh to listen to on here. This is basically a collection of good, pure music - you can listen to it over and over again and not get fed up. A must-have!
Honestly, I have never thought of myself being a fan of Boyzone until I heard A Different Beat, one of their earlier hits. Although I do not own any of the groups other album, I just had to get one..like some people say, if you had to buy just one album from the group, buy this. It has all their hits from the very beginning to some of the latest e.g. Isn't It A Wonder, A Different Beat, No Matter What (from the Whistle Down the Wind musical), I Love the Way you Love Me etc. etc. It even has Ronan Keating's first hit - When You Say Nothing At All (from the movie Notting Hill). Some may think this as just another boy band.. maybe they are.. but they are one of the best boybands around! Hopefully for more years to come with even better songs. Personally, I prefer their later songs like after the first album.. if you are like me, well, then just get the Greatest hits album, as I said earlier. You will not regret it! :o)
i you decide to buy a boyzone album - definately buy this one. it is a selection of their best hits - and they are well selected too. i bought the album having already got all the other albums also and i found it very useful and listen to it regularly. if you like boyzone or that style of music, this is definatley the album to go for. It is a long time since i have purchased such a good album and would recommend it to anyone for easy listening. I personally had my doubts before i bought the album but now i have it, they have all gone - excellent album - keep it up.
If you only buy one Boyzone album ever, make it this one! It combines all of the old hits with the recent smashes such as "When you say nothing at all", featured on the soundtrack to Notting Hill. All of their released songs such as "Love me for a reason" and "Father and Son", are featured, as well as some songs which are not on any other album, such as "You needed me" and the Comic Relief hit, "When the going gets tough". If you're not ready to commit to buying the full set of four albums, or are only just getting into Boyzone, this album is the ideal choice.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 I Love The Way You Love Me
2 No Matter What
3 All That I Need
4 Baby Can I Hold You
5 Picture Of You
6 Isn't It A Wonder
7 A Different Beat
9 Father And Son
10 So Good
11 Coming Home Now
12 Key To My Life
13 Love Me For A Reason
14 When The Going Gets Tough
15 You Needed Me
16 When You Say Nothing At All
17 All The Time In The World
18 I'll Never Not Need You
19 So They Told Me