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Album Review

Boyzone's debut album A Different Beat isn't that different, actually — it's just a variation of Take That's infectious, lightweight dance-pop and lushly produced MOR ballads. While Boyzone as a whole doesn't have the energy and charisma of Take That, they certainly are professional, and lead singer Ronan Keating has enough show-biz flair to make A Different Beat a fitfully entertaining manufactured dance-pop record.


Formed: November, 1993 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Boyzone was Europe's most successful boy bands during the second half of the 1990s. Comprised of five Irish vocalists and funded by music manager Louis Walsh, the group embraced a similar style of pop music as Take That, whose breakup in 1996 created a void that Boyzone happily filled. By combining boyish charm with slick songwriting (much of which was co-written by the bandmates themselves), the singers found enormous success throughout the U.K., where 16 of their first 17 singles became Top Five...
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