The Ro must go

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music - CAMERON ADAMS

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.

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