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The Irish pop icons return with their first album in nine years, Spectrum, and it’s got enough spirited, chart-topping balladry to make you forget they ever went away.
Their highly-anticipated comeback record marks Westlife‘s first full-length studio release since 2010’s Gravity.
Recorded in Dublin, LA and London, the 11 new tracks showcase a more upbeat side of award-winning band and includes four top five singles Hello My Love and Better Man, Dynamite, and My Blood which all feature Ed Sheeran as a co-writer credit.
Other collaborations include Ryan Tedder, Camille Purcell, and James Bay, plus the continuation of their long-standing partnership with superstar pop producer Steve Mac (who wrote the band’s number-one hits Swear It Again and World of Our Own).
The album’s fifth single, Without You came out on 14 November 2019.
Piano melodies lead sentimental ballads My Blood and Better Man while Dance changes tack, a poppy tune that wouldn’t be out of place on a Justin Timberlake record.
Album opener Hello My Love embodies the quintessential Westlife sound while evolving into something else entirely. Still, a mega-watt stadium filler, the addition of electro beats, keys and clapping give it a refreshing edge.
The same can be said for the album as a whole, Spectrum feels grown-up; a self-assured new direction which highlights their move from fresh-faced boyband into a confident and dynamic man-band.
Spectrum offers up plenty of crooning pop ballads, future chart-toppers, up-tempo and catchy crowd-pleasers, which after almost a decade have been well worth the wait.
Get your tickets to see Shane, Nicky, Kian and Mark performing songs from Spectrum and all their classic hits live next summer – full dates are listed below – via Ticketmaster.co.uk
1. Hello My Love
2. Better Man
3. My Blood
6. One Last Time
7. Take Me There
9. Without You
11. Another Life
Here’s where fans can see Westlife on tour next summer:
19 June 2020 – Carrow Road, Norwich
21 June 2020 – The Weston Homes Stadium, Peterborough
26 June 2020 – Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
27 June 2020 – Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk
28 June 2020 – Inverness Caledonian Stadium, Inverness
3 July 2020 – The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
4 July 2020 – Home Park, Plymouth
5 July 2020 – Satiwm Zipword, Colwyn Bay
10 July 2020 – Craven Park, Hull
11 July 2020 – Castle Park, Colchester
12 July 2020 – Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
16 July 2020 – Fisher County Ground, Leicester
17 July 2020 – The Spitfire Ground, Kent
18 July 2020 – Emirates Riverside, Durham
22 August 2020 – Wembley Stadium, London
To celebrate the news, we’re challenging all Westlife fans to see who is their most knowledgable admirer. Take the quiz below, filling in the missing lyric from one of the group’s biggest hits and make sure you share your result with us!
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Tickets for Westlife’s headline shows are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.