Friday's Child

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • UPC: 828765574624
  • Catalog Number: 655746
  • Sales rank: 174,603

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love the One You're With (3:35)
  2. 2 Your Game (4:10)
  3. 3 Stronger (5:19)
  4. 4 Leave Right Now (3:35)
  5. 5 Love Is a Matter of Distance (2:58)
  6. 6 Dance the Night Away (4:06)
  7. 7 Very Kind (5:10)
  8. 8 Free (4:07)
  9. 9 Going My Way (3:41)
  10. 10 Out of My Mind (3:08)
  11. 11 Friday's Child (9:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Will Young Primary Artist, Vocals
Anne Dudley Keyboards
Tracie Ackerman Background Vocals
Guy Barker Trumpet
Tim Cansfield Guitar
Mark Feltham Harmonica
Steve 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
Stephen Stills Composer
Anne Dudley Orchestral Arrangements
Tony Cousins Mastering
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd Composer
Nick Ingman Orchestral Arrangements
S.J. Lipson Composer
Steve Lipson Programming, Producer
Heff Moraes Engineer
Toby Smith Producer, Brass Arrangment, Instrumentation
E.G. White Composer
Neil Yates Brass Arrangment
Steve Lee Programming, Producer
David Naughton Digital Editing
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great job!

    I am very impressed with Will Young's second album. Great job! "Leave Right Now" is an incredible track!!

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