Album Review: Union J – Self Titled

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Looking at X Factor alumni Union J, one would be forgiven to mistake them for worldwide sensation One Direction, and if you were to head to one of their concerts you would no doubt be forced to endure an hour long crowd of screaming teenage girls.

Originally called Triple J, the boys were brought together by the X Factor as Union J with the addition of George Shelley.

Having come off their hit debut single ‘Carry You’, the lads are back with their first album simply called ‘Union J’, a fitting name as it is an album desperately trying to give them an identity within the music industry.

The album kicks off with the previously mentioned single ‘Carry You’ which is a solid pop song which easily appeals to the bands target audience. The album continues on from this with a strong mix of straight up pop songs. The stand out songs being ‘Where Are you Now’, a break up song about wondering where your ex-love has ended up now, and ‘Last Goodbye’, a heartfelt song with perfect ups and downs were the boys are asking a love interest to “save the last goodbye for me”.

Beautiful Life’ is the next single to be released from ‘Union J’, an uplifting power ballad about going through tough times and coming out the other side. This song carries a great message telling people that everybody is beautiful in their own way and to embrace your differences and flaws. ‘Beautiful Life’ is set to be released on 20th October and is sure to be a chart hit for the boys.

The album finishes on a cover of the worldwide smash hit single by Demi Lovato, ‘Skyscraper’. Although this cover cannot be compared vocally to the original it holds its own and is a solid cover that would have served the boy band well on the X Factor live shows.

Overall Union J’s self titled debut album is a solid pop album and is sure to please fans the boys have gathered from their time on the X Factor, however the album falls on the side of being a bit too safe and not having enough edge to differentiate themselves from other boy bands like The Wanted or One Direction.


Stand out tracks: Last Goodbye, Carry You, Where Are you Now


Catch the boys on tour at the following dates:

December 2013

Saturday 14 – Oxford New Theatre

Sunday 15 – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

Monday 16 – Sheffield City Hall

Wednesday 18 – Plymouth Pavilions

Thursday 19 – Brighton Centre

Saturday 21 – O2 Apollo Manchester

Sunday 22 – Bournemouth BIC

Monday 23 – Hammersmith Apollo (Matinee)

Monday 23 – Hammersmith Apollo

Saturday 28 – Newcastle City Hall

Sunday 29 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

Monday 30 – O2 Apollo Manchester


January 2014

Friday 3 – Ipswich Regent

Sunday 5 – Bristol Colston Hall

Monday 6 – EchoTwo at Echo Arena Liverpool

Tuesday 7 – Glasgow Clyde Auditorium

Thursday 9 – Blackpool Opera House

Friday 10 – Birmingham NIA



Check out the video for ‘Carry You’ below:

Union J – Carry You on MUZU.TV.
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