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Album Review

Despite the huge success of Leona Lewis, the signs aren't particularly encouraging for any X-Factor contestant looking for career longevity. Leon Jackson and Same Difference were dropped within weeks of their debut albums' release, Steve Brookstein, Ben Mills, and Journey South have faded back into obscurity, and only Rhydian and Shayne Ward still have their record deals intact. Sixteen-year-old Eoghan Quigg, is the latest to emerge from the reality TV conveyor belt. One of the most divisive contestants in the show's history, the young Irishman appealed to housewives wanting to mother him, and pre-teen girls eager for a U.K. High School Musical-style icon of their own, but left everyone else scratching their heads wondering how he even made it past the audition stages. His self-titled debut album, recorded just weeks after his third place finish, will not convert any new fans. Indeed, with its strange combination of faux-American punk-pop and unimaginative boy band ballads, it's more likely to both confuse and alienate his existing audience. First single "28,000 Friends," an ode to social networking, sets the bar extremely low. Written by Busted member James Bourne, whose "Year 3000" also appears here, its passive aggressive lyrics are both laughable, "don't send me an e-mail, I want to touch your face" and already hopelessly out of date. But unspeakably bad as it is, at least it's an original track, indeed, the only one featured here. Predictably, the bulk of the album is made up of tracks performed on The X-Factor, including a pointless rendition of "We're All in This Together" and a misguided attempt at ABBA's "Does Your Mother Know." The bad karaoke continues on a cover of Michael Bublé's "Home," a saccharine version of Michael Jackson's "Ben," and bizarrely, a rather random album track from '90s boy band A1. Recorded on what sounds like a shoestring budget, its tinny, cheap production also doesn't exactly help to hide Quigg's limited ability. He completely dodges the high notes on "Never Forget" and several bum notes can be heard throughout the more vocally challenging tracks. Indeed, you have to feel some sympathy for Quigg. Being a pop star at such a young age must be every schoolboy's dream. But with the complete lack of confidence invested in this album, it's highly unlikely that he'll still be one by the end of next semester. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

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To be honest, Eoghan sickens me. He sickened me on X Factor, and on the X Factor Live Tour where his only good performances were "Never Forget" (Which no doubt has been utterly destroyed on this album) and "Anytime You Need A Friend" which he dueted with Diana Vickers. My First Question: Why, on Earth is the afore-mentioned duet not on this album ("Ben?" "We're All In This Together?" They were by far his worst songs on all of X Factor). The Lead single 28,000 friends is nothing special, you can tell it was written by a "Busted" member by it's "Trashy Pop disguised as rock" lyrics (Rhyming "Friends" with "IM" WTF?). But in fairness RCA have handled Eoghan better than Leon Jackson and Same Difference were managed, by timing the realese of this album so that Eoghan's popularity doesn't fade with the X Factor. I have no problem with it all being covers (albiet 28,000 Friends) because some artists exist purely TO cover (EG Ronan Keating) however I do have a problem with these covers being cr@p. So he gets a 2star from me and if his album doesn't chart well "cough" "cough" Same Diffrence" then this will be the end of Egg-Nogg Eoghan...

Truly Awful.

Ok this guy is from NI so i feel bad ripping him to shreds... but this is just not good enough... all covers basically and my grief the amount of bum notes here is ridiculous.. quality zero.. the songs are great but he adds nothing to them, if anything takes it away which is a shame. BAD.

Just terrible.

If there was a 'no stars' option, I'd select that. I liked Eoghan on the X Factor but my God, this is dreadful. So many bum notes, and Eoghan is flat through most of the songs. Why you'd buy this album full of covers when you can listen to the far superior originals, I don't know. Save your money, I say.


Born: 1992 in County Londonderry, Northern Irel

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

With a similar appeal as previous contestants Leon Jackson and Ray Quinn, schoolboy Eoghan Quigg very nearly became The X Factor's most surprising winner. Born in 1992 in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, Quigg began singing at an early age, performing in the school choir and in various local productions. In 2008 he auditioned for the fifth series of The X Factor, and after impressing the judges with his rendition of Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven," made it all the way to the live stages. His...
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