Flavour of the Week #6 – “Life Is A Rollercoaster” by Ronan Keating

Coventry Touch FM was the source of this next little treasure of music. It’s very atmospheric when the keyboards play the big chords and the guitars don’t overshadow the rest of the song, so most (if not all of it) is focused on Keating’s voice. Every instrument and choir voice moves in the same motions and scales: going up and down keeping a steady harmony. Most of all, the lyrics to the song have value and impact in comparison to (my opinion of) a slow deterioration in the quality of modern pop songs.

Debuting as part of the 5-man Irish pop band Boyzone in 1993, the band released four albums over their careers with each one reaching the number 1 spot in the UK charts. Some years after success with Boyzone, Keating yearned to venture towards new creative avenues which led him to manage the boyband Westlife. His solo debut came in 2000 when he released his self-titled album and also produced an US version later that year. His following album ‘Destination’ failed to see an US release despite being a smash hit overseas AND in the UK. But after that, Keating’s success climbed, releasing 9 studio albums to date and continuing to tour worldwide.

Keating’s voice doesn’t have as much vibrato as other pop artists, but quite frankly, it isn’t so required on ‘Life Is A Rollercoaster’ as the lyrics speak for themselves really. The lack of “decoration” with the vocals plays to the rawness and realty in the message of the song.

Album releases:

Ronan, 2000
Destination, 2002
Turn It On, 2003
10 Years Of Hits, 2004
Bring You Home, 2006
Songs For My Mother, 2009
Winter Songs, 2009
When Ronan Met Burt, 2011
Fires, 2012

Some of his other songs for your enjoyment:

And pictures of course 🙂







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