Album: Boyzone, Brother (Polydor)

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It's like they've never been away. Which, given the continuing existence of Westlife, they arguably haven't.

Their first album in 12 years, and first since the death of Stephen Gately (who still features on two tracks), carries on where they left off. They've even roped in Gregg Alexander, who wrote "Life Is a Rollercoaster" for Ronan, and offers the similar-sounding "Love Is a Hurricane" here. It's mum-friendly pop, just in time for Mother's Day. Jan Moir's a mum. Now you know what to send her.