This greatest hits package from the Irish singer-songwriter and musician features all of his mega smashes and a little more. A few of the tracks have been ‘re-imagined’, that is, re-recorded with several guest vocalists including Shania Twain, Robbie Williams, Emeli Sandé, Alison Krauss and Claire Brown. One of Ronan’s biggest, Lovin Each Day, is given a lustrous make-over, amplifying certain characteristics which are no doubt aimed to enliven what was already quite a decent sounding track. In this new version, some dance music flourishes and swishes have been added, with the entire track sounding perhaps a little more souped-up.
Another previous hit to get an overhaul is When You Say Nothing At All. This has been enhanced utilising the multi-faceted talents of Alison Krauss. The chorus is now doubled by Alison’s vocal, giving it a bolder and brighter consistency. Another song that has received an overhaul is Life Is A Rollercoaster. Where the previous version was firmly in pop-rock land, this new treatment moves the production in obvious dance territory to such a degree that it sounds more like a remix. This track too has been swathed with some contemporary sonic touches that nonetheless don’t detract from the pop sensibility of the original. Ronan’s style has always included straight out pop tracks with ballads and in Forever And Ever, Amen, featuring Shania Twain, the ballad side veers towards light country, utilising Shania’s natural-sounding vocal to pleasing effect. The new album is sure to please the legion of Ronan fans, the surprises are nestled nicely between the familiar tracks and the not so well-known.
\When considering the output of this artist over the years it’s easy to overlook the heights some of these tracks have risen to. The hits are still hits, and Twenty Twenty reveals that Ronan has certainly had a few gigantic ones.
by Vince Leigh