Earlier today, your trusty Digital Spy music scribes were played the new Westlife single, ‘Lighthouse’, in full, three times over, and at a perfectly respectable volume.
So, how does the band’s 31st single shape up? Here’s what we jotted down.
First things first, it was penned by Gary Barlow, produced by John Shanks (Kelly Clarkson, Bon Jovi) and clocks in at 3 minutes and 57 seconds.
The song is about how their partners have stuck by them through the difficult times and now they want to settle down with them for good.
It’s probably the most grown-up sounding single Westlife have ever released.
“This kind of love is more than a lifeline/ For a man as weak as me,” Shane Filan admits on the openings bars over a soul-funk piano riff, before asking: “How did the sea get so rough?/ I would have drowned/ If you hadn’t given me your love.”
Lyrics to the chorus include: “You’re the light in the dark/ You’re the seat in the park/ You’re the lighthouse that I need.”
The song’s highlight is easily the middle eight around the 2:55 mark, where a slew of thrashing drums clash together as they sing: “I owe it all to you/ Everything I have right now.”
Despite being their first release away from Syco, it would soundtrack a tearful X Factor moment rather nicely.
Better yet, listen to a 90-second clip of the track and judge for yourselves below:
It’s hard to believe that it’s been over 12 years since Westlife burst onto the music scene with their first single which was also their first No.1 record. In the years gone by, the band have gone on to have 14 number one singles, 10 multi-platinum albums, win dozens of awards and have dominated the charts selling over 44 million records worldwide, making them one of the top selling groups of the decade!
To celebrate their illustrious career so far, we’ll be taking you through some of the most memorable moments and highlights of their musical journey so far.
If you can cast your minds back to April 1999, to the track that was on every radio station, TV show, CD player and music channel across the country then you would remember that it was ‘Swear It Again’ – The band’s debut, No.1 single.
To date they’ve sold over 44 million records worldwide, had 10 multi platinum albums and 7 number 1 albums and now Westlife are excited to be releasing their Greatest Hits album.
‘Westlife: The Greatest Hits’ will feature hits from the boys’ career so far and is released on the 21st November.
The boys said: “It’s almost hard to believe that we’ve been doing this for as long as we have. We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved and are looking forward to releasing our Greatest Hits as a special thank you to our fans who have supported us throughout our career.”
There are two versions of the album available including a standard CD featuring the Greatest Hits plus brand new tracks as well as a 2CD/DVD deluxe version including the Greatest Hits, brand new tracks and video footage.
You can make sure you’re one of the first to get your hands on a copy by pre-ordering the album right now using the links below.
Stay tuned to find out the full track listing soon!
WESTLIFE are thrilled with their new RCA record deal after arguing with Simon Cowell’s label Syco.
Bosses refused to let Westlife release more than one single from an album.
So after 12 years, the manband have moved on to pastures new and will release a greatest hits album containing five new tracks later this year. The first single drops on August 14.
Kian Egan, 31, told me: “The new single is up-tempo and very different for Westlife. Mark Feehily co-wrote it with John Shanks.
“Simon’s company has become more about TV as the music industry is shrinking.
“We’d have arguments about wanting to release more than one single with Syco, and Simon wouldn’t even be involved. Leaving was the best decision for us.”