To be quite honest, where Boyzone are concerned, I am not really sure what ‘it’ is. As a young boy going through a grunge/rock stage, a painful memory of mine was my mum blasting Boyzone in the car and singing along to their song ‘No Matter What’ - so it is safe to say that my opinion of Boyzone is a little bit tainted, to say the least. But listening to BZ20 it would appear that I have now learned to appreciate good old pop music. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be listening to the album on repeat any time soon, but it is definitely an album full of good old sing along tracks; the kind that cause you go through a fair amount of lighter fluid above your head, swaying from side to side.
Noticeable highlight tracks to me are ‘If We Try’ which packs a good old pop punch and the opening track to the album ‘Love Will Save The Day’, with its gentle acoustic guitar and piano intro. Just for good measure as well, the boys have also thrown in a Christmas track ‘The Hour Before Christmas’ which to be perfectly honest is a bit weak – but hey, they gave it a go!
It is obvious when listening to this album that they haven’t held anything back when putting this album together. It is also obvious just how much impact their fellow band member Stephen Gately’s death has had on the band and this album. In regards to their voices, they still have it. Fantastic Irish voices which fit perfectly together, frequently in good old pop crescendos. An album to be proud of boys, and an album for mums and nans nationwide! Recommended stocking filler!