Former X Factor contestants G4 have been back together and touring for a few years now. What initially started off as a reunion show, soon turned into full tours and the release of new album, G4 Christmas, in 2015. The foursome now features original members Jonathan Ansell, Mike Christie and Ben Thapa along with Nick Ashby, who joined the band in 2014. In time for Valentine’s Day, G4 have released their new album Love Songs.
Love Songs is a collection of well-known love songs from across the years. G4 have stuck to what they know best – putting their own spin on songs loved by music fans. The set opens with I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) featuring Lesley Garret, which is a cover of chart-topping Meat Loaf song. It sets the scene well and it suits the voices of the group. Meat Loaf has always infused theatrical and classical elements into his music so the song is a perfect match for G4.
On the record the group selects a wonderful choice of songs that is sure to resonate with its core audience. An early highlight is a cover of Elton John’s Your Song, which is stirring and slow building. The harmony arrangement on the track is superb and it brings out a lovely warmth in the melody. It’s the best version we’ve heard of the track since Ewan McGregor tackled it for Moulin Rouge.
Elsewhere G4 tackle Take That on the gorgeous A Million Love Songs, put their own stamp on Bryan Adams’ long-running number one (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, and team up with Merrill Osmond for a new version of Love Me For a Reason. The group soars on a beautiful version of The Jackson 5 classic I’ll Be There and impresses with their take on John Legend’s romantic ballad All Of Me.
Love Songs is the perfect accompaniment to Valentine’s Day and it’s simply bursting with warm harmonies, beautiful vocal arrangements and great song choices. G4 keep proving time and time again why they have endured when so many of their X Factor contemporaries have quickly faded away. The chemistry is still evident in the group and their voices are sounding stronger than ever. This record will make you fall in love with them all over again.
Track Listing: 1. I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) featuring Lesley Garrett 2. Your Song 3. Tomorrow 4. A Million Love Songs 5. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You 6. Because We Believe 7. Can’t Help Falling In Love 8. Go The Distance 9. Love Me For a Reason featuring Merrill Osmond 10. Amigos Para Siempre 11. I’ll Be There 12. All I Ask Of You featuring Lesley Garrett 13. All Of Me Record Company: Amick Productions Release Date: 3rd February 2017