The Ro must go
IT must be a struggle being Ronan Keating – you want to progress, your fans want more covers albums for Mother’s Day please. A relieved Ro’s back to originals here. Title track Fires borrows Gary Barlow’s man- band blueprint – it’s Take That’s Greatest Day sheepdipped in reheated Coldplay. I’ve Got You is similarly anthemic pop that suits his voice. Ro wisely returns to Gregg Alexander and Rick Nowels for shameless Life Is A Rollercoaster rewrites on the undeniably enjoyable Nineteen Again and Get Back To What Is Real. And trying to cover all bases, Wasted Light is folky, NYC Girl is unexpectedly disco- Ro while the selfexplanatory Lullaby may have his sleepy kids wondering why some random dude is rapping on dad’s song. They’re not alone. Ro writes very little here, after a sad marriage split, some expected a soul- baring, heart- in- pieces male Adele record. Maybe next time? Sounds like: the Ro must go on. In a word: up.