Sean Maguire

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Before starring in the WB's 2001 sitcom Off Centre, but after having already gained British soap opera notoriety, Sean Maguire took on the role of a singer. From 1994 to 1997 he released a steady flow of singles in the United Kingdom as well as two albums, one self-titled and the other titled Spirit. The greatest-hits album was released so prematurely that it nearly screamed "finalized singing career." That doesn't mean that Maguire doesn't have singing ability, and he did well enough to hit number 12 with "Good Day" as well as number 14 with both his cover of "Don't Pull Your Love" and "Someone to Love." It does expand on the question of whether Maguire was pushed into a singing career by his agent or truly felt the need to sing, and indeed, contribute to the writing. There is no lasting appeal in the music; it is music that is harmless and pleasant but a little bland -- his voice is easy to listen to but his vocal range is limited. Whereas a group like Take That, who took the spotlight during the same years these songs were released, can make a deep impact for years to come (thanks to Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams), Sean Maguire leaves little impression. It's the difference between music from the soul, even a manufactured soul, and soul-starved music that no kind of manufacturing can breathe life into.

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