Face to Face (Westlife album)

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Face to Face
Studio album by Westlife
Released 31 October 2005
(See Release history)
Recorded 2005;
Rokstone Studios,
A Side Studios,
Kingside Studio, Stockholm,
Sanctuary Townhouse Studio, London,
Larrabee North Studios, Los Angeles,
The Location, Stockholm
Grouse Lodge Studios, Ireland
Genre Pop
Length 44:38
Language English
Label S, RCA, Sony BMG
Producer Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane, Josef Larossi, David Kreuger, Per Magnusson, Carl Falk, Jake Schulze, Steve Mac
Westlife chronology
Allow Us to Be Frank
Face to Face
The Love Album
Singles from Face To Face
  1. "You Raise Me Up"
    Released: 24 October 2005
  2. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me"
    Released: 12 December 2005
  3. "Amazing"
    Released: 20 February 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Entertainment.ie 1/5 stars [2]
Manchester Evening News 4/5 stars [3]
Rovi 3/5 stars [4]

Face to Face was the sixth studio album by Irish boyband Westlife, released in the UK on 31 October 2005. The album contains pop songs and some dance oriented tracks.

The album was also released on DualDisc in the UK, which included the videos of the making of "You Raise Me Up", the Face to Face album photoshoot and exclusive interview footage.[5]

The album includes a cover of The Eagles classic "Desperado" and a Backstreet Boys bonus track from the 2005 album, Never Gone, "Colour My World", and a Nick Carter solo song, "Heart Without A Home".

The Face to Face album became Westlife's fifth UK number-one album in seven years, selling 1.3 million in the United Kingdom[citation needed] and becoming #7 and #129 in UK Year-end albums chart for 2005 and 2006 respectively. It was the biggest selling album released by Sony BMG Entertainment in 2005.[citation needed] It is certified 4× Platinum in the UK.[6][7] It remained at #1 on the Australian ARIA charts for 4 weeks in March 2006 and was the 25th highest selling album of 2006 in Australia.[citation needed]

The first single release from the album was a cover of the Secret Garden hit, "You Raise Me Up", which brought the band back into the limelight after their ratpack-tribute Allow Us to Be Frank. The second single was a cover version of "When You Tell Me That You Love Me", recorded as a duet with the original singer, Diana Ross. The single reached the top of the charts in December 2005, the 2nd time that the single had hit the top of the charts for Diana. The album sales probably usurped the singles' ultimate chart potential in other strong Westlife territories, where the album sold briskly through the holiday selling season. The video got strong play on MTV Europe, MTV Asia and MTV Singapore branding the diva's presence on the video channels into the millennium years.

The final single released was "Amazing", an original mid-tempo song.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "You Raise Me Up"   Brendan Graham, Rolf Lovland Steve Mac 4:00
2. "When You Tell Me That You Love Me"   Albert Hammond, John Bettis David Kreuger, Per Magnusson, Andreas Romdhane, Josef Larossi 3:56
3. "Amazing"   Savan Kotecha, Kristian Lundin, Pilot, Jake Schulze Carl Falk 2:49
4. "That's Where You Find Love"   Mac, Wayne Hector, Chris Farren Mac 3:44
5. "She's Back"   Mac, Jörgen Elofsson Mac 3:10
6. "Desperado"   Don Henley, Glenn Frey Mac 3:37
7. "Colour My World"   Andreas Carlsson, Kotecha, Harry Sommerdahl Falk, Schulze 3:55
8. "In This Life"   Mike Reid, Allen Shamblin Mac 4:08
9. "Heart Without a Home"   Mac, Wayne Hector Mac 4:47
10. "Hit You With the Real Thing"   Carl Björsell, Falk, Didrik Thott, Kotecha, Sebastian Thott Falk, Schulze 3:00
11. "Change Your Mind"   Mac, Hector Mac 3:43


Release history[edit]

Country Release Date
Ireland 31 October 2005
United Kingdom
South Korea 1 November 2005
Australia 12 December 2005
Poland 13 February 2006[8]

Charts and certifications[edit]

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (2000–2009) Position
UK Albums Chart[20] 83


Region Certification
Australia[21] Platinum
Europe[22] Platinum
Ireland[23] 8× Platinum
United Kingdom[24] 4× Platinum


Face to Face Tour 2006[edit]

Main article: Face to Face Tour


  1. ^ Face to Face (Westlife album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ Entertainment.ie review at the Wayback Machine (archived April 1, 2010)
  3. ^ Manchester Evening News review at the Wayback Machine (archived September 30, 2007)
  4. ^ "Listen to Face to Face by Westlife - Album Reviews, Credits, and Awards". AllRovi. 2005-10-31. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  5. ^ "Westlife Face To Face UK DualDisc (342966)". Eil.com. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  6. ^ "British certifications – Face to Face". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Face to Face in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Click Search
  7. ^ "British certifications". British Phonographic Industry. 
  8. ^ Face to Face Westlife - Plyty - Onet.pl Muzyka
  9. ^ Australian Album Chart
  10. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Westlife - Face To Face". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  11. ^ Denmark Official Album Chart
  12. ^ "Billboard - Google Books". Books.google.ca. 2005-11-19. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  13. ^ Germany album chart
  14. ^ Irish album chart
  15. ^ "ウエストライフのCDアルバムランキング │オリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  16. ^ Norwegian Official Album Chart
  17. ^ Swedish Album Chart
  18. ^ Switzerland Official Album Chart
  19. ^ British official album chart
  20. ^ "The Official Charts Company | The UK Charts | Top 40". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  22. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2005". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. 
  23. ^ "Irish album certifications – Westlife – Face to Face". Irish Recorded Music Association. 
  24. ^ "British album certifications – Westlife – Face to Face". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Face to Face in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search

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Preceded by
Intensive Care by Robbie Williams
UK number one album
5 November 2005 – 11 November 2005
Succeeded by
Ancora by Il Divo
Preceded by
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
by Arctic Monkeys
Australian ARIA Albums Chart Number-one album
6 March 2006 – 26 March 2006
Succeeded by
Both Sides of the Gun by Ben Harper
Preceded by
Intensive Care by Robbie Williams
Ireland Albums Chart number-one album
3 November 2005
Succeeded by
Gift Crub 6 – The Special One by Mario Rosenstock