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4.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictedely good. A decade after first Pop Idol, he shows maturity, progress and creativity control, 24 Aug 2011
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This review is from: Echoes (Audio CD)
Considering the amount of TV talent show contestants ruthlessly chewed up and spat out by the industry within months of their record deal, it's quite a feat that the original Pop Idol, Will Young, is still here, almost ten years after rather awkwardly bopping along to "Blame It on the Boogie" in front of a then-unknown Simon Cowell.
After begrudgingly toeing the party line with his easy listening debut album, Young has effortlessly continued to progress his sound and take more creative control with each release, to the point that it's now quite easy to forget his manufactured beginnings, and his fifth studio album, "Echoes", is no exception.
Inspired by the positive reaction toward his Bronski Beat-esque collaboration with Groove Armada ("History"), Young has recruited one half of the duo, Andy Cato, alongside Pascal Gabriel (Ladyhawke), Kish Mauve (Kylie), and Swedish duo the Sound of Arrows to co-write 13 highly personal tracks that largely eschew his trademark MOR blue-eyed soul in favor of an understated electro sound that perfectly fits his delicate and fragile vocals.
Any fans concerned that he might be jumping on the ubiquitous dance-pop bandwagon should be reassured by the fact that Richard X's sparse and subtle production is certainly more at the chillout end of the Balearic market than the David Guetta-esque floor-filling one, as evident on the lead single, "Jealousy", a brooding tale of unrequited love set against a backdrop of warm gentle synths and electro beats, the atmospheric '80s-tinged "Runaway", and the twinkling falsetto-led melancholy of closing number "Safe from Harm".
Of course, this being a Will Young album, a heartfelt ballad is never more than a few electronic bleeps away, and while the schmaltzy "Lie Next to Me" could have been lifted from a Gareth Gates record, the dramatic Adele-esque piano-led "Outsider" is worthy of sitting alongside "Leave Right Now" and "All Time Love" in his canon of acoustic tearjerkers.
Few would have predicted that the U.K.'s first Pop Idol would still be around a decade later, let alone making music as confident and self-assured as Echoes, which sounds like the album Young was born to make. J. O'Brien
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Initial post: 24 Aug 2011 08:46:39 BDT
Mr. R. Haden says:
Great review...but why the four stars ??

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2011 05:40:46 BDT
Oyster says:
I understand the four stars. Nothing is perfect! Too many five stars being put on some albums.

Posted on 25 Aug 2011 08:47:30 BDT
Mr. R. Haden says:
Possibly so, but i thnk this album is the exception !

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2011 14:14:50 BDT
Oyster says:
I don't. Sorry!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2011 15:39:43 BDT
Mr. R. Haden says:
Strange opinion, seeing that you have left no review of Will Young's album ? I guess you don't even own a copy !! ?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2011 19:12:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Sep 2011 19:14:23 BDT
Rich says:
All the reviews that have been posted by this user, seem to have been taken from the allmusic website.

Posted on 13 Sep 2011 01:01:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Sep 2011 01:09:26 BDT
Maggie S says:
Music tastes differ considerably so may I be so bold as to say "Lie Next to Me" is my fave track on the album. It touches the soul. Will's distinctive voice stands out to perfection in this song and his famous warble is back. I could listen to it over and over again and go back for more!
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