Dublin to Detroit

Dublin to Detroit
Studio album by Boyzone
Released 21 November 2014
Recorded 2013-2014
Genre Soul
Length 35:30
Label East West
Producer Brian Rawling, Paul Meehan
Boyzone chronology
Love Me for a Reason - The Collection
Dublin to Detroit

Dublin to Detroit is a themed album by Irish boy band Boyzone. It was released on 21 November 2014 by East West Records. It is the group's first concept album and features renditions of classic Motown hits.[1]


On 17 July 2014, it was announced that Boyzone would be releasing an album called From Dublin to Detroit, an album with covers of Motown hits. Keith Duffy said "We're basically just covering some of our favourite songs from the Motown era, and putting a full album together. So we've got 11 really exciting tracks coming out. It's going to give us a whole new catalogue of music to perform. And it will be very interesting how it fits in with our own back catalogue. It's kind of rejuvenating us. It's giving us just good times and good memories in the studio. So fingers crossed people will receive it well and it goes well for us."[2][3][4]

On 29 September, a few songs from the album were announced on Twitter; "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted",[5] "The Tracks of My Tears",[6] "Just My Imagination"[7] and "I'm Doin' Fine Now".[8]

Music videos

Boyzone have released videos for the songs "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted", "Reach Out I'll Be There" and "Wherever I Lay My Hat".[9][10] [11]


Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Irish Times[12]

Lauren Murphy of The Irish Times wrote: "It's a no-brainer that Boyzone have decided to release a covers album in the run-up to Christmas; what is more puzzling is their decision to cover this collection of Motown classics in a style that is closer to karaoke than anything else. Ronan Keating occasionally makes way for Mikey Graham on lead vocals as they tackle the likes of Tracks of My Tears, I’m Doing Fine Now and You Can’t Hurry Love; but with a cheesy backing track providing the music, the vitality and soul of most of these songs are rendered flat and schmaltzy. Cynicism placed firmly aside, a live band and some creative arrangements might have made all the difference."[12]

Jamie Parmenter of RenownedForSound wrote: "Tracks of my Tears takes a sombre tone with great vocal emotion before breaking into the instantly recognisable chorus; Ronan's having fun here as lead singer and it really shows. I don’t think anyone could do a bad cover of Higher and Higher and the boys don’t disappoint here. Just My Imagination is one of the lesser-known tracks on the record, but this is exactly what makes it stand out as an album highlight. The band do a great job with warm and comforting vocals, perfectly suited for the slow nature of the song. What Becomes of the Broken Hearted has nice vocal harmonising, but the swapping of lead vocals drowns out the essence of the heartbreak, whereas You Can’t Hurry Love was always going to be a distant third choice behind The Supremes and Phil Collins efforts. Tears for a Clown's main vocals seem a little drowned out amongst the many layers, and to finish off, the band decided to end with a Christmas song. This makes for an odd climax to the album. Overall Dublin to Detroit is an album of contrasts. On the one hand their vocals are usually strong and suit the music, but they haven’t made much attempt to make the tracks their own. I’d say they still have more to give us, and as such I’d like to hear a new record of original material in the future to see if they’ve still got it."[13]

Nick Cole of Scunthorpe Telegraph wrote: "It's 20 years since Ronan and the boys first charted in the UK with Love Me For A Reason. So to celebrate the band hit the rocky road to Detroit with 11 covers of such classics as Higher and Higher, Tracks of My Tears and This Old Heart of Mine. To their credit this salute to the magic of Motown works very well."[14]

Commercial performance

Dublin to Detroit debuted at number 12 on the Irish Albums Chart.[15] In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number 14 on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 19,451 copies.[16] It is the group's first studio album to not chart in the top 10 of both territories.[16]


Boyzone performed a medley of songs from the album on The X Factor Australia live results show on 13 October 2014.[17][18] On 14 November, the band promotes the album in the UK on BBC One for Children in Need.[19] On 22 November 2014, they performed on The Jonathan Ross Show.[20]

Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s)Original artist Length
1. "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"  William Weatherspoon, Paul Riser, James DeanJimmy Ruffin 3:15
2. "The Tracks of My Tears"  William Robinson, Warren Moore, Marvin TarplinThe Miracles 3:06
3. "You Can't Hurry Love"  Holland–Dozier–HollandThe Supremes 2:52
4. "This Old Heart of Mine"  Holland–Dozier–Holland, Sylvia MoyThe Isley Brothers 3:58
5. "Just My Imagination"  Norman Whitfield, Barrett StrongThe Temptations 3:33
6. "Higher and Higher"  Gary Jackson, Carl SmithJackie Wilson 3:00
7. "I'm Doin' Fine Now"  Thom Bell, Sherman MarshallNew York City 3:13
8. "Reach Out I'll Be There"  Holland–Dozier–HollandFour Tops 3:13
9. "The Tears of a Clown"  Stevie Wonder, Hank Cosby, Smokey RobinsonSmokey Robinson & The Miracles 3:05
10. "Wherever I Lay My Hat"  Marvin Gaye, Barrett Strong, Norman WhitfieldMarvin Gaye 3:37
11. "What Christmas Means to Me"  Anna Gordy Gaye, Allen Story, George GordyStevie Wonder 2:38



Chart (2014) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[21] 43
Irish Albums (IRMA)[15] 12
scope="row" Scottish Albums (OCC)[22] 13
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 14


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Silver 85,000^

Release history

Country Date Format Label
Australia[25] 21 November 2014 Digital download East West Records
Germany[28][29] CD, digital download
Ireland[30] Digital download
New Zealand[32]
Denmark[35] 24 November 2014
United Kingdom[36][37] CD, digital download


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