Greatest Hits インポート, ベストオブ, デラックスエディション
Deluxe 2 CD + DVD edition. Having sold over 44 million records worldwide, had 14 number one singles and seven number one albums, Irish super-group Westlife celebrate over 14 years of success with the release of their Greatest Hits. With two Brits, an MTV Award, a World Music Award, no less than four Record of the Years under their belt and an incredible back catalogue spanning well over a decade not many artists can compare to Westlife's extraordinary success. In the UK alone they have earned the title of Biggest Selling International Band this Decade, scoring 10 multi platinum albums, the third highest number one single record in UK history (with only Elvis Presley and the Beatles ahead) and they also hold the crown for the Biggest Arena Act of All Time in the UK performing a record of 25 concerts at Wembley Arena.
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新曲のLight houseのソングライターを見て驚いたのは、Take ThatのGaryの名が印されていた事。
I remember the first moment when I fell in love with these guys while accidentally saw their video "Uptown Girl" on MTV. (and back then MTV was a real deal, nowadays all I see is just saggy pants, gold grillz, chain hang low, and shakin booties)
Westlife music is not something that you crank it up high, shake your head, and start break out dancing. There is no "swag" whatsoever in their music. That is not how you listen to Westlife. Their music is all about heart-warming love ballads. The kind that you can turn it on in your car and just sit in there, close your eyes, lay back your head, and just hum along.
Every hits they make, and every lyric they sing, I swear they all are still here in my head dated back in 1999 with the singles such as: "If I Let You Go", "Swear It Again", and "Flying Without Wings"... The kind of music that can last for a lifetime if you truly are a fan.
Don't believe me? If you call yourself a music lover in America, how about try to sing the first verse of the following songs:
"Crank That" Souja Boy
"Whatever you Like" T.I
"Low" Flo Rida
or even "Empire State of Mind" Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys
Still remember? Or you don't even recognize any of them? Let me tell you a hint. *They're all #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S not long ago. The kind that got kids in High School go crazy back when I was a student myself.
I admit some of those hits are quite catchy, but music in the U.S are short-lived. They rose to fame on the Billboard for a couple of weeks, and then they are completely forgotten afterward once they got taken over. Even if you're still hang on to those songs, would you feel OK to turn it up loud in your party? Or even in your car with friends riding with you? How would your friends think about you? That your music is awesome? Or you are "Old-Skool" still listening to those "lame old" beat? And then quickly hit the "Next" button searching for the next song that is a little more "current"?
Anyways, back to the lads. Except for the time period when I was still living in a third world country where they sold no official release CDs, I bought all of their album releases from Back Home (2007), Where We Are (2009), Gravity (2010), and this one Greatest Hits (2011). All through Amazon of course, because Westlife doesn't exist in USA.
Living in the U.S, it is very hard for me to answer the questions "What kind of music you listen to?" "What's your favorite artist?" My friends ask me every time, and my answer has always been the same: "Westlife". The reaction is always: "Who the h*** is Westlife?" (not a surprise). I never try to explain who these lads are to them. I just put on "My Love", "Soledad", "Us Against The World", or "How To Break A Heart" for them to try out. As the result, their reaction afterward is also always the same... THEY LOVED THEM ALL!!!
Westlife. My band. My music. My life. Doesn't matter that this is their final album, I will continue to support these lads to the best of my ability despite I am living in a country where no one knows who they are.
Westlife never quite made it over the pond so I am thankful I can order imports via amazon. To me ths is a full retrospective. I know other fans feel some songs were left out but I am more then happy with this release as it captures Westlife from the beginning to now. I didn't have the ablity to purchase there single releases that is why I opted for the Greatest Hits. Well worth it. Enjoy!!
All their music is beyond stellar and Westlife greatest Hits is no exception...there's not a bad song in the bunch. As the saying goes...A song is just a song until Westlife sings it! Sincerely, Janice Sherlock