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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aggressive lyrics are both laughable, "don't send me an e-mail, I want to touch your face" and already hopelessly out of date.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

Customer Reviews

Seriously bad

In an album of 12 songs, if only one of them is your own, and you're a young artist with high expectations and millions of fans, you know you have something to worry about. 28,000 Friends is the only album that Eoghan Quigg has not covered, and let me just say it is an atrocious song, with childish lyrics, a terrible melody and flat notes being hit all over the place. The other 11 songs are just the exact same as the original artist's interpretation. In conclusion, I feel that Eoghan's album is a joke.

Busted n jobros

Omg i was in hmv yesterday and saw eoghan quigg from a distance it was packed. I love the way he has jonas brothers and busted songs on his cd. I love Him. Eoghan if u read this please have a concert of ur own in the o2


hes a good singer and extremley talented but some of the songs on this album were just never ment to be copied like john lennon imagaine and mcfly all about you!thats why people havnt done them before!!! he deserves at least a good original 1st album!its just killing some amazing songs !! xx


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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