Thursday, 4 December 2014

Boyzone 'Picture Of You'

Chart Peak: 2
'Picture Of You', from the Bean movie, was a huge No.2 summer hit for Boyzone... It kept up the boys' splendid run of success and was their 9th consecutive Top 5 hit.
I'm going to come right out and admit something at the start of the post: I actually quite like this song. Yes, it's a cynical product of the pop machine, and comes from a film I have no desire to see (though I saw enough Mr Bean on telly to know that's the wrong car in the video) but even as it uses every pseudo-Motown trick in the book, I can't help having a certain affection for it. Perhaps because so many other Boyzone hits were lame ballads or poor cover versions (or indeed poor cover versions of lame ballads) there's something slightly refreshing about hearing an upbeat song from them, which means this seems to sound better now than it did at the time. And Ronan Keating isn't a bad singer, although he dies his best to oversing the first verse and ruin it anyway. The other members of Boyzone presumably walked past the studio at some point during the recording process. The surviving members are in the Top 20 this week with a Motown covers album that certainly isn't as good as this.

Also appearing on: Now 30, 31, 33, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 71
Available on: Where We Belong

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