Songs for My Mother

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Songs for My Mother
Studio album by Ronan Keating
Released 16 March 2009
Recorded December 2008
Genre Pop
Length 37:11
Label Polydor Records
Producer Stephen Lipson
Ronan Keating chronology
Bring You Home
(2006)
Songs for My Mother
(2009)
Winter Songs
(2009)
Singles from Songs for My Mother
  1. "Time After Time"
    Released: 15 March 2009
  2. "This Is Your Song"
    Released: 17 May 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars

Songs for My Mother is the fifth studio album released by Boyzone frontman and Irish singer/songwriter Ronan Keating. The album was released on 16 March 2009 on Polydor Records, and is his first album to be released since the reunion of Boyzone.

Album information[edit]

The album was recorded over the span of two days during Christmas 2008 at British Grove Studios. The album was recorded with his usual backing band and a live orchestra. Ronan took time out of his busy Boyzone schedule in order to record the album. The album is produced by Stephen Lipson. The album was recorded in memory of his late mother Marie Keating and also to celebrate Mother's Day. The songs that Ronan chose to record for the album are songs that he remembers his mother listening to throughout his childhood. This album also contains a new version of his own song "This Is Your Song", a track which he wrote that originally appeared as the B-Side to his very first single, "When You Say Nothing at All", and his third studio album, Turn It On.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Original Performer Length
1. "Time After Time"   Cyndi Lauper 4:10
2. "Make You Feel My Love"   Bob Dylan 3:30
3. "Both Sides Now"   Joni Mitchell 3:58
4. "Vincent"   Don McLean 4:14
5. "Carrickfergus"   traditional (and Dominic Behan in the mid-1960's) 4:28
6. "I Believe I Can Fly"   R. Kelly 4:44
7. "Mama’s Arms"   Joshua Kadison 3:05
8. "Wild Mountain Thyme"   Francis McPeake 4:13
9. "Suspicious Minds"   Elvis Presley 3:37
10. "This Is Your Song"   Ronan Keating 3:59

Chart performance[edit]

Due to the album's release being so close to Mother's Day in the United Kingdom, the album peaked at #1 on the UK Albums Chart. It debuted at #4 on the Irish Albums Chart, before peaking at #1 on its second week of release. It also peaked at #1 in Australia. In New Zealand, the album debuted at number sixteen, jumping to number one the following week. The album spent three weeks at number one and was certified Platinum, selling over 15,000 copies.[1]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Certification Sales
Irish Albums Chart[2] 1 (1w) Platinum 15,000+
UK Albums Chart 1 (2w) Gold 100,000+
Australian Albums Chart 1 (4w) Platinum 70,000+
New Zealand Albums Chart 1 (3w) Platinum 15,000+
Danish Albums Chart 2
Norwegian Albums Chart 7
Dutch Albums Chart 8
World Albums Top 40 9
Swiss Albums Chart 13
Germany Albums Chart 14
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 14
South African Albums Chart[3] 17
Austrian Albums Chart 34

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Rianz.org.nz. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  2. ^ Jaclyn Ward (1962-10-01). "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". Irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
Preceded by
No Line on the Horizon by U2
UK Albums Chart number-one album
22 March 2009 – 5 April 2009
Succeeded by
The Fame by Lady Gaga
Preceded by
It's Not Me, It's You by Lily Allen
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
27 April 2009 – 25 May 2009
Succeeded by
Relapse by Eminem
Preceded by
Passione by Paul Potts
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart number-one album
27 April 2009 – 18 May 2009
Succeeded by
21st Century Breakdown by Green Day