Face to Face (Westlife album)

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Face to Face
Studio album by
Released31 October 2005
RecordedJanuary - August 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
LabelS, RCA, Sony BMG
ProducerAndreas "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
AllMusic3/5 stars [1]
Entertainment.ie1/5 stars [2]
Manchester Evening News4/5 stars [3]
Rovi3/5 stars [4]

Face to Face is the sixth studio album by Irish boy band Westlife and it was 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 "She's Back" by Human Nature, "Desperado" by the Eagles, Collin Raye's number one hit "In This Life", and a Nick Carter solo song, "Heart Without a Home".

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 album had more than 10,000 legal copies sold on mainland China.[6]


The first single released from the album is "You Raise Me Up", which brought the band back into the limelight after their ratpack-tribute ...Allow Us to Be Frank. The second single is a cover version of "When You Tell Me That You Love Me", which is recorded as a duet with the original singer, Diana Ross. The single reached the top 2 of the charts in December 2005, the 2nd time that the single had hit the top 2 of the charts for Diana. The final single released is "Amazing", the original mid-tempo song.

Face to Face Tour 2006[edit]

This tour set a goal that they will play in smaller venues and for smaller audiences to justify the title "Face to Face". The filmed video album for this tour came from their performance at the Wembley Arena. This also had a second leg of the tour 'summer nights' all over the biggest UK outdoor parks, castles and racing grounds.

Commercial performance[edit]

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.[7][8] 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]

Track listing[edit]

1."You Raise Me Up"Brendan Graham, Rolf LovlandSteve Mac4:00
2."When You Tell Me That You Love Me (with Diana Ross)"Albert Hammond, John BettisDavid Kreuger, Per Magnusson, Andreas Romdhane, Josef Larossi3:56
3."Amazing[a]"Savan Kotecha, Kristian Lundin, Sebastian Thott, Didrik Thott, Carl Bjorsell, Jake SchulzeCarl Falk2:49
4."That's Where You Find Love"Mac, Wayne Hector, Chris FarrenMac3:44
5."She's Back"Mac, Jörgen ElofssonMac3:10
6."Desperado"Don Henley, Glenn FreyMac3:37
7."Colour My World"Andreas Carlsson, Kotecha, Harry SommerdahlFalk, Schulze3:55
8."In This Life"Mike Reid, Allen ShamblinMac4:08
9."Heart Without a Home[b]"Mac, Wayne HectorMac4:47
10."Hit You with the Real Thing"Carl Björsell, Falk, Didrik Thott, Kotecha, Sebastian ThottFalk, Schulze3:00
11."Change Your Mind"Mac, HectorMac3:43
  • ^[a] "Amazing" or "More than Amazing".[9]
  • ^[b] "Heart Without a Home" or "Heart Without a Home (I'll Be Yours)".[10]


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[11]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[30] Platinum 70,000^
Europe (IFPI)[31] Platinum 1,000,000*
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[32] Gold 10,000*
Ireland (IRMA)[33] 8× Platinum 120,000^
Sweden (GLF)[34] Gold 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  34. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2006" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  35. ^ "British album certifications – Westlife – Face to Face". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Face to Face in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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