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Album Review

Having released the obligatory album of ballads and boy band-style songs on his debut self-titled album, Shayne Ward, the 2005 X Factor winner, came up with a second album that was vastly different. Ward teamed up with producer Ryan Tedder and the Swedish production team at Maratone, who had previously worked with Jennifer Lopez, Natasha Bedingfield, and Britney Spears, among others, and gone were the sickly sweet ballads that changed key as they neared their conclusions (just to remind listeners that the end is nigh). In their place was a set of uptempo R&B numbers more akin to Justin Timberlake — even down to using the letter "U" instead of "You" in the titles "No U Hang Up" and "U Got Me So," although the album did have its low moments, with "Damaged" sounding like a Peter Andre faux reggae castoff, and "Tangled Up" was a rerun of Wham!'s "Everything She Wants" with an early-'80s-style electro drumbeat. "Until You" was a return to the ballads of old, and the '80s were also revisited on a cover of the S.O.S. Band's "Just Be Good to Me," with more than a hint of the bassline from Beats International's dub version. Shayne Ward fans who had bought the debut album, even casual observers who voted for him on The X Factor, would have been surprised by the complete change in direction and it didn't appear to do him any harm, either, hitting number two behind his successor, Leona Lewis.

Customer Reviews

OH MY GOD! AMAZING!

Ohhh my god! This album is more amazing than i thought it would be! :D Uptempo songs..and every single one is absolutely fantastic! To be honest i can't sayy which song is my fave..they're all such great songs! But maybe 'you make me wish' is a song yoou can dance urself maad to! BUY BUY BUY! :D Deserves a no.1...

he is good, lyrics bad, album just aint right

shayne is 10 times better than this album, ya gotta have some front to even agree to sing these lyrics with a straight face. im a lil gutted that the album sounds like this...its bad...tel him is a good song but apart from that its just not right... if he ever gets to a greatest hits....delete this album from it... lets see the real shayne not this crap that someone put together...4 stars for shayne but the songs aint even worth mentioning.

Breathless is a Masterpiece of Music

The first time that I ever heard of Shane was during his performance of breathless on the X factor, until that time, I have to say, I was ignorant. I wish to say to those who dont think he can sing, you are very wrong, he has a beautiful and controlled voice, and his performance on this song is enchanting. From a musical point of view Breathless is a masterpiece. I hope he gets the recognition the song deserves... 79p well spent.

Biography

Born: 15 October 1984 in Manchester, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Pop singer Shayne Ward rocketed to fame via the U.K. talent showcase The X Factor. Born October 15, 1984, in Manchester, England, Ward first surfaced in the little-known group Destiny before earning attention in another television amateur contest, Popstars: The Rivals. Eliminated from the final 30 contestants, he signed with manager Louis Walsh prior to entering competition on The X Factor in 2005. Tabbed by bookies as the favorite to win the program, Ward eked out victory over rivals Journey South...
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