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RONAN KEATING: Teaming up with British folk singer Kate Rusby, the Irishman does what he does best on All Over Again. The acoustic driven track, about falling in love again, has a folk feel, with impeccable vocals from Ronan and Kate. It's a tad predictable, but loyal Ronan fans will be happy as it doesn't stray too far from his other hits.

KEANE: Grittier and angrier - that's the verdict on Keane's first single from forthcoming second album, Under The Iron Sea. The band's trademark melodies are still recognisable but this time around there's a rock edge to add interest.

PAUL OAKENFOLD FEATURING BRITTANY MURPHY: The superstar DJ has lined up an array of big names to provide vocals for his forthcoming second album. First single, the fantastically-titled Faster Kill Pussycat, features 8 Mile actress Brittany Murphy doing an unashamedly sexy, out-of-breath vocal. It blends perfectly with the sweaty guitar riff and Oakie's trademark house beats and squelchy noises. Perfect club fodder.

CHARLOTTE COOPER: She's only sweet 16 but Essex girl Charlotte has a mature voice that's been recognised by some of the industry's heavyweights including Brian Wilson's right hand man Jeffery Foskett and Beach Boys producer Steve Levine. Her version of Ricky Lee Jones' Lucky Guy is an easy listening joy that registers high on the chill out scale.

PUBLIC SYMPHONY: Songwriting duo? Check. Clever animated video? Check. Internet fanbase? Check. Get ready for another Nizlopi-style success story as Public Symphony release the striking piano ballad that first came to people's attention when used during the TV coverage of the University Boat Race. Uplifting and emotional, you won't be able to escape this song over the coming months.

RONAN KEATING: All Over Again verdict: ***

KEANE: Is It Any Wonder? VERDICT: ****



PUBLIC SYMPHONY: Stronger (Breathe It In) VERDICT: ***


LOVE...Kate Rusby and Ronan Keating team up.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Jun 3, 2006
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