faceless singles for some six years now, it seems ample time for
Boyzone to launch an album chart offensive with a greatest hits
compilation. There are 19 songs on By Request, 14 of which
shot to fame in the top 5 thanks to the pre-pubescant yearnings
of teenage girls.
they first gyrated their hips on Ireland's Late, Late Show
in 1993, Boyzone have been marketed as a cool, sexy boy-band,
but to be fair they have stood the test of time longer than most.
And since their debut six years ago, they have sold a staggering
10 million albums, which is more than can be said for fade-away
groups such as Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block.
As you might
expect from a cheesy boy-band, much on the compilation is good-for-nothing
pulp, especially the dreadful romantic harmonies on "All
That I Need" and "I Love The Way You Love Me."
But there are lighter, higher moments on By Request that
rescue it from a dying a painfully quick death.
Keep an eye
out for the tacky-but-cheerful "Picture Of You" and
the well produced cover versions of "Words" and Comic
Relief's "When The Going Gets Tough." Other recognised
biggies include "Father And Son", "Key To My Life"
and "Love Me For A Reason", but on the whole they will
not stop this album from being a boy-band bible for the teenage
But that should
take nothing away from frontman Ronan Keating, who has made a
quite remarkable professional career on the back of the band's
success. Apart from just recording his first solo single, he has
also presented the MTV awards, the Eurovision Song Contest and
BBC programmes. Maybe he is trying to carve out a life for the
inevitable high profile split that hits all boy bands in the end,
no matter how long they stay together.
huge increase in musical respect now afforded to the band, it
wasn't until they walked home with the prestigious Ivor Novello
Award for "Picture Of You," that they were notably evolving
and taken seriously by their peers. There are plans to commit
the Boyzone story so far to film this year and a new deal with
Mercury records should ensure the bands attempts to crack America
are well supported.
They are also
embarking on a greatest hits tour this summer, which kicks off
in Brighton. The tour travels all around Britain, including Wembley,
before moving on to Europe and featuring a spectacular open-air
gig at the RDS in Dublin to celebrate the album launch.
liked By Request...
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 New
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