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Westlife's new single 'Lighthouse': First listen

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Earlier today, your trusty Digital Spy music scribes were played the new Westlife single, 'Lighthouse', in full, three times over, and at a perfectly respectable volume.

So, how does the band's 31st single shape up? Here's what we jotted down.

  • First things first, it was penned by Gary Barlow, produced by John Shanks (Kelly Clarkson, Bon Jovi) and clocks in at 3 minutes and 57 seconds.


  • The song is about how their partners have stuck by them through the difficult times and now they want to settle down with them for good.


  • It's probably the most grown-up sounding single Westlife have ever released.


  • "This kind of love is more than a lifeline/ For a man as weak as me," Shane Filan admits on the openings bars over a soul-funk piano riff, before asking: "How did the sea get so rough?/ I would have drowned/ If you hadn't given me your love."


  • Lyrics to the chorus include: "You're the light in the dark/ You're the seat in the park/ You're the lighthouse that I need."


  • The song's highlight is easily the middle eight around the 2:55 mark, where a slew of thrashing drums clash together as they sing: "I owe it all to you/ Everything I have right now."


  • Despite being their first release away from Syco, it would soundtrack a tearful X Factor moment rather nicely.


  • Better yet, listen to a 90-second clip of the track and judge for yourselves below:




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