Released: 6th November 2006.
The first release from Westlife's seventh studio album, "The Love Album", sees them once again recording a cover version. Bette Midler's classic "The Rose" has been given the Westlife touch, and in all fairness, they haven't done too bad a job of it. It's undoubtedly going to win them "Record Of The Year" for what feels like the billionth time, and even though it's not the best choice for the album's first single, it's going to give the rest of this week's releases a run for the top spot - but will fail. It's a satisfactory attempt, but hasn't really got that extra touch to give them a massive smash hit.
Before I heard Westlife's new single, I predicted it would be a nice, slow ballad, probably a song that had been a hit in the USA before. I presumed it would have a video filmed in a vaguely exotic-looking location, and that there would be a key change in the last verse which would result in some movement when they were performing it on stage. Then I heard it, and was pretty much spot on. I know there's the old adage of 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it', but with the Westlife formula, it's going too far. Mind you, it'll ensure the legions of fans go out yet again and buy another ballad by the boys. Oh well...