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WILL YOUNG Fridays Child (2003 Taiwanese edition 11-track CD album picture sleeve with unique wraparound obi-strip - still sealed)
Any doubts concerning the longevity of Will Young's career post Pop Idol can be put to rest with one listen of Friday's Child. His first release, From Now On, was a mismatch of covers and styles--hardly a good vehicle for the singer who had to go through so much for the privilege. Now Young has taken what he's good at (soulful voice, housewife appeal) and fed it through some well considered songs and rich production.
"Leave Right Now" is pure, premium white soul-pop--superbly written, expertly delivered, with a refrain that is as catchy as any of the disposable pop currently being consumed by the teenage masses. "Love the One You're With" is an acoustic-based, gospel-tinged mélange of "mmms" and "ooohs" and almost tips the title track from being the best song on the album. "Friday's Child" is an epic, stirring, string-based cut that has the luxurious feeling of a sunny afternoon spent reading the papers and wandering from pub to pub.
Friday's Child is a timely reminder that pop isn't just for pre-pubescents. There are no half-baked album fillers here (hello Rachel Stephens), no D-side rejects and definitely no Stevie Wonder covers. Will Young has produced an album of substance and for that we should all be grateful. --Cortman VirtueSee all Product description
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It is a CD that uses CDS-200 "copy protection" (Cactus Data Shield 200) which corrupts the audio data and therefore doesn't follow the Red Book standard and should not be referred to as an Audio CD.
Its a marvellous album of great R&B songs, all sung with a hugely unique voice that has matured dramatically since his talent show win a few years earlier.
The title track Fridays Child is simply a plessure to listen too. I have played it to death in my car CD. All the tracks are excellent but Leave Right Now and Love is a matter of Distance really show the quality of Will's voice.
The album is quite brilliant.
1. Love the one you're with
As far as opening tracks go, this can't fail to impress. If you don't sing along by the second chorus or get up and shake your booty, you must have a lethal hangoveror worse, you may well be dead. Yes, it may be a cover but what an unspoiled and somewhat more addictive version than the original. Enjoy. Play it in the car while breezin' in the sun. 8/10
2. Your Game
A powerful orchestral manoeuvre here which comes at you from every angle incorporating Will's charged vocals and a strong choir. Personally I had to get used to listening to such a unique modern day slice of (dare I say it) "pop" tinged with a good helping of "soul" and a dash of "jazz", but you know what they say about trying and trying again.
No-one seems to have picked up on the Annie Lennox feel to this song from her Diva album (utterly fantastic incidentally) so I thought I would stick my neck out and say it. A low key ballad with a huge hook and a great instrumental section before the final chorus. Tip: play this at a good volume with the light off while lying on the floor semi or totally naked!!! Or, just play it...
4. Leave right now
How many broken hearts or people about to break one bought this song?! We know the lead song, we know it sounds beautiful, we know the video is a tug at the heart strings, and we know it grew on us little by little. Strangely though, not my favourite as I don't have a broken heart and I am not about to break one!!
7 (and a half)/10
5. Love is a matter of distance
I am undecided about this little number. Sometimes I can imagine waking up and having a good stretch to this one and feeling all warm and fuzzy inside (but I might be in tears if I were in a long distance relationship...never again I can tell you!). Other times I might be tempted to skip over it with the old remote. There's nothing wrong with a sweet mid-tempo effort but I can only describe it as, erm, pretty (in a kind of dawning realisation that distance can actually be a real sod!)
6 (and a half)/10
6. Dance the night away
Hoorah, we're moving again. A fluffy guitar rift weaves its magic under a funky, if not slightly tame, drum beat and grabs you by the time Will has finished with the first chorus. Oh, and I am not an aficcionado of the trumpet but it works here and I like it. So there.
7. Very kind
There are two tracks on this album I just don't flipping get and this is one of them. With a glum, downbeat feel (understandable with given lyrics such as "you got wings but you can't fly, you got so much pain inside") but it doesn't really strike me as the kind of song anyone would really WANT to listen to unless life was close to ending. And even then I would be more inclined to put on Kylie and my hot pants (if I owned any!). This was obviously meant for someone close to Will, but for God's Sake, are you trying to cheer them up or kill them man?!
The violin introduction, all sad and atmospheric, nearly pushed me over the edge. But then I realised we were back into blessed drum machine territory with a highly addictive hook throughout. Will is still trying to get out of a relationship, but this time he's doing it with style and a memorable slice of what I would describe as melacholic pop!!
9. Going my way
I renamed this song as "going away" as I wished it would! Much like "very kind", just as downbeat and even less memorable beacause it is number two of the yawns and you always remember your first yawn, erm, first.
10. Out of my mind
Enter "disco Will". This song is much needed after the previous effort and does not disappoint at all. He's still not a happy chappy, but by God at least he can dance himself into oblivion. Michelle Mcmanus should be doing this kind of disco (only with happy-go-lucky lyrics). Glitter balls at he ready and off you go!
11. Fiday's Child
A massive groove sweeps its way through this epic chunk of soul/pop and you can't help but throw your head back, stretch your arms out to the side, and feel lucky to be alive. A beautiful arrangement and that little magical, thoughtful touch from Will provides more than enough brilliance to keep you smiling and wondering for the ninety minute duration of the closing number. (ok, it's not ninety minutes, but it is long!)
Overall, a very good album that, inspite of a few fillers, will leave you wanting more. Will has found a niche which not only suits him but may well put him up there with Annie and George if he plays his cards right. Pop Idol turned credible: you go boy! Gareth had better get to the back of the Job Seeker's Allowance queue.
1: Love the one your with, The only cover version on the album, Very impressive, Strong Vocal but not too powerful, Good intro!
2: Your Game: This is the type of song we expected after Pop Idol, away from the Pop element, A funky song, and should be the next single(in my opinion)
3: Stronger: Amazing, Will's voice shows it true power here, and lyrics are showing how he deals with criticism:: "It only makes me stronger, When you say i can't do it, Il work that bit harder, When you say its not within my grip"
4: Leave right now: Got to number one, actually one of the weaker songs on the album but that is not an insult!
5: Love is a matter of difference: Simple song - Beautiful music and the voice is great!
6: Dance the night away: Another soulful song, with full orchestra backing, and Will just rises to the ocassion of working with an orchestra! A song to get up and dance to.
7: Very Kind: Nice song, acostic guitar, with Will for most part. Not full use of his voice but it works well!
8: Free: Again with an orchestra, another soulful style of song, with Will using own vocals for backing vocals - nice touch.
9: Going my Way: A safe simple song, may be realesed as next single, depending where he wants to go, voice is on top form.
10: Out of my mind: Soulful - a song to get up and dance to , well worked, use of vocal synthesiser really expands Wills voice even more!
11: Fridays Child - This was the song that i heard a lot about and the hype did not dissapoint the song - This is what makes Will better than most, at 9 mins long, it may sound as if it lasts a lifetime but it doesn't, Use of mid part allows music to grow and you really appreciate how good it is. Use of orchestra works best here.
To conclude, I am a will young fan but this album really blew me away, It puts likes of Gareth gates to shame and on this evidence, Will shall be here for a long time to come!
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