Fires (Ronan Keating album)

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Studio album by Ronan Keating
Released 3 September 2012 (2012-09-03)
Genre Pop
Length 43:18 (Standard)
51:34 (Deluxe)
Label Polydor
Producer Gregg Alexander, Electric, Odd Jensen, Stephen Lipson, Cass Lowe, Paul Meehan, Rick Nowels, Brian Rawling, Dean Reid
Ronan Keating chronology
When Ronan Met Burt
Singles from Fires
  1. "Fires"
    Released: 17 August 2012
  2. "Wasted Light"
    Released: 3 December 2012

Fires is the ninth studio album by Irish singer Ronan Keating. The album was released on 3 September, with a special deluxe, signed edition to be available from the Universal Music official store.[1] It is his fifth album to contain original material and his first in six years following Bring You Home.


The release of the album was confirmed in January 2012, during an interview with The Sun, in which Ronan said: "Now I have a new lease of life, and I'm ready to write and record, I'm working on a new studio album, which I hope to release later this year, it will feature brand new songs".[2] "It's not folk. It's a mix! It's a pop album. Gregg Alexander and I are working together again. It's got that 'Life is a Rollercoaster' feel again. I'm having fun with it again, it's been five years since I've done a studio album. I'm a little bit nervous, I just want to make a great record, for me, rather than for anyone else."


Keating performing in Klaksvík, Faroe Islands, in 2012

To promote the record, Keating embarked on a short promotional tour, which began on 3 August 2012, with the Summarfestivalur in The Faroe Islands, where he performed in front of 14,000 fans.[3] Other dates included the Þjóðhátíð festival in Iceland on 5 August, and the Festas do Mar in Portugal on 17 August in front of 20,000 fans,[4] as well as appearances in Germany and Australia.[5] Ronan undertook two weeks of radio promotion around radio stations in the last week of August. He will perform 'Fires' on Red or Black? on 8 September 2012

A full arena tour in promotion of the album will commence on 16 January 2013, and will cover select areas of the United Kingdom and Ireland. Venues include Colston Hall in Bristol, The O2 Arena, Cardiff International Arena, Brighton Centre, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, LG Arena in Birmingham, Bournemouth International Centre, Sheffield City Hall, Blackpool Opera House, Liverpool Echo Arena, Manchester Apollo, Newcastle City Hall, Clyde Auditorium and AECC in Scotland and The O2 in Ireland.[6]


  • "Fires", the album's title track, premiered on 21 July 2012 on BBC Radio 2. The music video for the song premiered on 1 August 2012, via YouTube. The single as released as a digital download on 2 September 2012. The song was only available as a digital download and sold 10,000 copies.[7]
  • "Wasted Light", is the second track on the album and premiered on 3 December 2012. The music video part live, part animated.

Critical reception[edit]

On 22 August 2012 the album was voted album of the week by BBC Radio 2.[8]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
BBC Music positive[9]
Daily Express 4/5 stars[10]

Fires received positive reviews from BBC Music, critic Mike Driver declared that "a few bloopers aside, this is probably Keating’s best album since his eponymous debut."[11]

The Daily Express gave the album a rating of 4 out of 5 and commented that "it's on songs such as Love You And Leave You that you get a whiff of a truly original artist."[10]

Commercial Performance[edit]

The album charted in Ireland at number 12, in the UK at number 5 selling 30,000 copies, and in Germany at number 20, selling 14,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Fires"   Edvard Førre Erfjord, Henrik Barman Michelsen, Shelly Poole Electric 3:51
2. "I've Got You"   Ronan Keating, Paddy Dalton, Mathias Wollo Electric 3:53
3. "Love You and Leave You"   Odd Jensen, Cass Lowe Electric, Cass Lowe, Odd Jensen 3:15
4. "Nineteen Again"   Gregg Alexander, Rick Nowels Gregg Alexander, Rick Nowels, Dean Reid 3:21
5. "Wasted Light"   Erfjord, Michelsen, Gary Go Electric 4:03
6. "Lullaby" (featuring KizMusic) Jamie Hartman, Lee DeWyze, Andy Stochansky, KizMusic Brian Rawling, Paul Meehan 3:57
7. "Easy Now My Dear"   Keating, Dalton, Wollo Electric 3:46
8. "NYC Girl"   Orion Simprini, Linda Horwatt, Sherif Fanous, Chris Sokolewitz, Jon Weber Brian Rawling, Paul Meehan 3:48
9. "Oxygen"   Erfjord, Michelsen, Lowe Electric, Cass Lowe 3:19
10. "Close Your Eyes"   Nicole Dash Jones, Matt Schwartz, Daniel Spencer Stephen Lipson 3:59
11. "Get Back to What Is Real"   Alexander, Nowels Gregg Alexander, Rick Nowels, Dean Reid 3:20
12. "The One You Love"   Don Mescall, Vanbrugh Hill Brian Rawling, Paul Meehan 4:42

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[12] 12
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[13] 51
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[14] 138
Croatian Foreign Albums (HDU)[15] 12
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[16] 20
Irish Albums (IRMA)[17] 12
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[18] 35
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[19] 18
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[20] 8
Scottish Albums (OCC)[21] 3
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 26
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 5


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