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Allow Us to Be Frank

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...Allow Us to Be Frank

Studio album by Westlife
GenreBig band
LabelSony BMG , RCA
LanguageEnglish
Length39 : 21
ProducerSteve Mac
Recorded2004
Released8 November 2004 ( 2004-11-08 )
StudioRokstone Studios (London)

Allow Us To Be Frank, Rat Pack tribute, is the fifth studio album, sixth major album released under Sony BMG and first cover album by Irish boy band Westlife; it is also the first album since the departure of Bryan McFadden and as a four-piece. It was released on 8 November 2004, and peaked at number two in Ireland and number three in the United Kingdom. Allow Us To Be Frank was number twenty-four on the 2004 year-end album charts. The album features songs made popular by Frank Sinatra, such as Way You Look Tonight, come Fly with Me, Moon River, Summer Wind and That's Life. It also includes Nat king cole song, When I Fall in Love. It was recorded with a 60-piece orchestra at Phoenix Studios in Wembley, in London Borough of Brent.

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Certifications and sales

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RegionCertificationCertified units /sales
United Kingdom ( BPI )2 Platinum600,000 ^

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Release history

Release history

RegionDate
Europe8 November 2004
Philippines13 November 2004
Japan24 November 2004
Taiwan3 December 2004

Frank Zappa, in full Frank Vincent Zappa, American composer, guitarist, and satirist of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. Zappa was, in no apparent order, first-rate cultural gadfly dedicated to upsetting American suburban complacency and puncturing hypocrisy and pretensions of both the US political establishment and the counterculture that opposed it; contemporary orchestral composer uncompromisingly rooted in 20-century avant-garde tradition; rock bandleader who put together a series of stellar ensembles both under rubric of Mothers of Invention and under His Own name; erudite lover of most esoteric traditions of Rock and Roll and of rhythm and blues; innovative record producer whose use of high-speed editing techniques predate later innovations of hip-hop; and one of premier electric guitar improvisers of generation that include Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Jeff Beck. One of the great polymaths of the Rock era who, arguably, possessed a broader range of skills and interests than any of his peers, he was an instinctive postmodernist who demolished barriers and hierarchies separating high and low culture. Zappa was a prolific workaholic who released more than 60 albums in his 30-year career. His first release with the original Mothers of Invention, conceptual double album Freak Out!, Was a key influence on Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, released the following year. By way of wry acknowledgment, cover of Mothers ' third album, Were Only in It for Money, parody that of Sgt. Peppers, just as music challenged the Beatles ' visions of love and beauty with deliberate ugliness with which Zappa assailed what he saw as the totalitarian philistinism of the establishment and the vacuous fatuity of many aspects of the hippie subculture. Zappa was not a hippie, he claim. He was Freak. After retiring the name Mothers of Invention in the late 1970s, Zappa withdrew from explicit political commentary and release, under his own name, enormously influential jazz-Rock fusion album Hot Rats, which featured memorable vocals from his old friend Don Van Vliet, better known as Captain Beefheart. Throughout the 1970s, Zappa released instrumental albums that featured orchestral music, jazz, His Own guitar improvisations, and, later, synthesizers and sequencers. He also releases rock-oriented vocal albums that, like most of his live concerts, specialize in jaw-dropping displays of technical virtuosity and crowd-pleasing exercises in misogynistic grossness, such as Titties & Beer and Jewish Princess. In the 1980s, by contrast, Zappa was sufficiently angry by policies of US Pres. Ronald Reagan's administration to rediscover politics. He set up voter-registration booths in lobbies of his concerts and memorably testified against censorship at Parents Music Resource Center hearings in 1985 in Washington, DC. In the wake of Czechoslovakia's Velvet Revolution, Zappa was invited to Prague, where he met with the countrys new president, Vaclav Havel.

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AllMusic Review by Jon O'Brien

It might be cliche to say that to understand where you are and where you're going, you must know where you've been, but it's very accurate cliche-especially when it comes to music. If you're going to have a thorough understanding of the history of country, bluegrass, and Anglo-American folk, it's important to have some knowledge of music that paves the way for those forms-namely, music that immigrants from the British Isles bring with them to the US on Crossing, singer / instrumentalist Tim o'brien do fine job reminding listeners how great role Celtic music play in development of Anglo-American styles. As vocalist, o'brien shows how Irish and Scottish ballad traditions have influenced American folk and country, and as instrumentalist, o'brien shows how jigs and reels of Ireland and Scotland pave the way for Appalachian bluegrass. A fine storyteller, he describes experiences of Irish immigrants to the US on gems like Crossing and Lose Little Children-and on humorous, Bob Dylan-influenced talkin' Cavan, o'brien recalls traveling to Ireland in 1998 to visit the land of his ancestors. This CD is not to be miss.

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BBC Review

With Christmas fast approaching, Westlife returned to give fans the customary stocking filler. Allow Us To Be Frank is a silky tribute to the bygone era frequented by movers and shakers of the Las Vegas music scene. Westlife have been winning big in recent years and with this album they seem to be cashing in on chips they've acquired during their rise to mega stardom. This is their first return since the exit of Brian McFadden to pursue a solo career / star in Sugar Puffs commercials. Whilst McFadden is attempting to launch his solo career amidst all-too-public break-up of his marriage, remaining members of the band have produced album which portray their wholesome, charming, Sugar coat image. The album will no doubt introduce a whole new generation to music which in its heyday was pop of modern times. Record With a 60-piece orchestra in the not-so-smoky lounge culture of Wembley, North London, Allow Us To Be Frank replicates the originals almost exactly; note for note, swing for swing, croon for croon. Alas, Westlife is match for the original Rat Pack. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davies Jnr et al were charismatic playboys and serial philanderers who would raise hell in Hollywood and Vegas alike. In fact, they court tabloid controversy, But then this was always part of their appeal. Conversely, Westlife are marketing man's dream and owe their success more to their clean-cut image. No gamble have been taken with selection of songs to choose, either. All classics are in situ; That's Life and ain't that Kick in Head supply rousing big band sound, whilst Fly Me To Moon, When I Fall in Love and Moon River provide more wallowing Love songs. Catchy big band swing will no doubt get Granny dancing on Christmas Day after one too many helpings of sherry trifle, but it's doubtful that this album will appeal to the band's core teenage audience. Westerns really should have stick instead of twisting. If it's Rat Pack you want, put your money on Frank, Dean and Sammy.

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