Ronan Keating - Songs for My Mother

2009-04-24 19:09
 
Songs For My Mother
 
The album was recorded around Christmas in December 2008, and as the title suggests, is a collection of songs recorded in memory of his mother, who passed away from breast cancer in 1998. Ronan includes emotive short paragraphs in the liner notes explaining why each song was included on the album.

Timeless classics like Don Mclean's "Vincent", Judy Collins' "Both Sides Now" and Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" are all given a personal spin and Irish folk tunes like "The Wild Mountain Thyme" and "Carrickfergus" carry you away to far away Irish lands. There are also achingly tender renditions of "Mama's Arms" and "I Believe I Can Fly" which, within the context of this album, sound alluringly contemplative.

Songs for My Mother becomes increasingly poignant as it nears its end - and you reach the end of your own sorrowful tether - with Ronan's self-penned "This is Your Song". It was written one month after his mother's passing, never intended for recording and is almost unbearably heartrenching.

So unless you enjoy feeling gloomy and mournful, it's probably best enjoyed sporadically.

Like the taste of rich dark chocolate, this collection of songs recorded to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his mom's death is a bittersweet treat at best, and melancholic at worst.

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