Another of the late-'90s singing and dancing vocal groups that combines youth-appeal good looks with formulaic, pop-centered, white-washed R&B, Boyzone at least appear more genuine and sincere than most of their contemporaries. But that doesn't make Where We Belong, the Irish quintet's first U.S. release (a compilation of sorts, of recent singles and prime album cuts), much more endearing. Like their crooning peers, Boyzone have a difficult time bringing heart to their brand of '90s soul music; too often, they seem to be going through the boy band motions, even if they can sing rings around most of the others. And despite some good songs -- the Diane Warren-penned "I'll Never Not Need You," "Picture of You," a misguided take on Tracy Chapman's "Baby Can I Hold You," "All That I Need" -- Where We Belong doesn't quite take it to the pleasure zone.
AllMusic Review by Michael Gallucci