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Friday's Child
     

Friday's Child

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by Will Young
 

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The difficult second album is perhaps more difficult for a reality pop star than anyone else. It's almost a guarantee that no matter what the quality, any debut album from an artist who's had a captive audience of millions of viewers every Saturday night will sell by the bucketload. Even the long-forgotten Steve Brookstein and Journey

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The difficult second album is perhaps more difficult for a reality pop star than anyone else. It's almost a guarantee that no matter what the quality, any debut album from an artist who's had a captive audience of millions of viewers every Saturday night will sell by the bucketload. Even the long-forgotten Steve Brookstein and Journey South have had number one albums. But it's what you do after, without the constant mass exposure, that can determine career longevity. Pop Idol winner Will Young was lucky in the respect that his debut, From Now On, gave him a relatively strong platform to launch from. Not as rush-released as Popstars Hear'Say's first effort, and with the likes of Burt Bacharach and Cathy Dennis on board, it was a well-produced if sometimes unimaginative collection of songs that justified his position as one of Britain's most popular singers. But with a determination not to be pigeonholed by Simon Cowell, Young has made the brave decision to move away from pop's most influential man for follow-up Friday's Child. So this time round, there are no duets with Gareth Gates, no big power ballads, and certainly no Westlife cover versions. Instead, it's a much more personal affair that showcases both his songwriting talent (Young receives co-writing credits on six of the eleven tracks here) and his undoubtedly unique soulful tones. Lead single "Leave Right Now" is already considered a modern classic, its gentle acoustic verses, impassioned chorus, and sweeping strings are about a million miles away from his inherently corny debut single "Evergreen." It's a statement of intent that confirms his decision to do things his own way has most definitely paid off. With the help of writers Karen Poole, Eg White, and Steve Lipson, the majority of Friday's Child is just as convincing. "Your Game," a Best British Single winner at the 2005 Brits, recalls the '80s soul-pop of the Blow Monkeys thanks to its gospel choir and funky basslines; "Dance the Night Away" and "Out of My Mind" are reminiscent of Off the Wall-era Michael Jackson, and "Love the One You're With," the only cover on the album, is an uplifting rendition of the Stephen Stills folk classic. Best of all is the epic seven-minute long title track, a jazz-influenced chill-out number which sounds like the missing link between the Lighthouse Family and Groove Armada. While certainly far more adventurous than his debut, it still sometimes lapses into MOR territory, particularly on the Simply Red-esque "Free" and the rather aimless and ultimately quite drab acoustic ballad "Very Kind." But overall, Friday's Child will undoubtedly bury the reality pop tag once and for all. Britain's first Pop Idol has become an artist in his own right and the fact he's done it without the Cowell juggernaut behind him should make its success even sweeter.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
Label:
Sony Bmg Europe
UPC:
0828765574624
catalogNumber:
655746

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Performance Credits

Will Young   Primary Artist,Vocals
Anne Dudley   Keyboards
Tracie Ackerman   Background Vocals
Guy Barker   Trumpet
Tim Cansfield   Guitar
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Stephen Lipson   Guitar
John Themis   Guitar
Philip Todd   Flute,Soloist
Greg Wells   Keyboards
Rick Willson   Guitar
Neil Conti   Drums
Steve Lee   Harmonica
Niall Acott   Horn Engineer
Toby Baker   Keyboards
Blair Mackichan   Guitar,Background Vocals
Metro Voices   Choir, Chorus
Dave Rainger   Guitar
Lynn Marie   Background Vocals
Karen Ann Poole   Background Vocals
Eg White   Guitar
Steve Barney   Drums
Steve Price   Horn Engineer
Jenny O'Grady   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Steve Stills   Composer
Anne Dudley   Orchestral Arrangements
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Composer
Nick Ingman   Orchestral Arrangements
Stephen Lipson   Composer,Programming,Producer
Heff Moraes   Engineer
Toby Smith   Producer,Brass Arrangment,Instrumentation
E.G. White   Composer
Neil Yates   Brass Arrangment
Steve Lee   Programming,Producer
Niall Acott   Engineer
Pro-Jay   Producer,Engineer
Blair Mackichan   Programming,Producer
Thicke   Producer
Eg White   Programming,Engineer,Instrumentation
Will Young   Composer
Sam Miller   Engineer
Chris Dodd   Producer,Instrumentation
Matt Prime   Producer
Steve Price   Engineer

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Friday's Child 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am very impressed with Will Young's second album. Great job! "Leave Right Now" is an incredible track!!