Keep On

Keep On

by Will Young
     
 

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Will Young was growing up. It had been three years since his unexpected win on the first season of Pop Idol and even at the time of his second album, Friday's Child, he had stated his intention to distance himself from the moniker of being a TV reality show winner, especially as the careers of such winners tended to be notoriously short. So there he was

Overview

Will Young was growing up. It had been three years since his unexpected win on the first season of Pop Idol and even at the time of his second album, Friday's Child, he had stated his intention to distance himself from the moniker of being a TV reality show winner, especially as the careers of such winners tended to be notoriously short. So there he was on the cover of his third album, Keep On, looking remarkably like the actor Todd Carty, who played the weatherbeaten character of Mark Fowler on BBC-TVs Eastenders. On Keep On, Young was mature enough to write (or at least co-write) most of the tracks, including the first two, "Keep On" and "Switch It On," both quite funky numbers. Then came the album's first ballad, "All Time Love," every bit as tuneful as "Anything Is Possible" or "Evergreen," his debut single and still the best-selling single of the 21st century. There was a mixture of styles on Keep On, from the salsa, holiday-inspired "Happiness" to the Justin Timberlake pastiche of "Ain't Such a Bad Place to Be," on which even the Indian-style intro worked well, to the ballads "Save Yourself," "Who Am I," and the final song, "Home," a haunting atmospheric track co-written by Nitin Sawhney. Keep On ran out of steam near the end with three tracks, "Madness," "All I Want," and "Think About It," all again co-written by Young but nothing more than album fillers, none of them having much of a melody. Three singles were released from Keep On, "Switch It On," "All Time Love," and "Who Am I," all of which either reached or got pretty near the Top Ten, and there were a few other tracks that would have made great singles, too. Altogether an excellent pop album from an artist who was maturing very nicely as the years went by.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2006
Label:
Sony Bmg Europe
UPC:
0828767495422
catalogNumber:
674954

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Will Young   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Jason Rebello   Electric Piano
Anne Dudley   Conductor,Keyboards
Tracie Ackerman   Background Vocals
Pete Beachill   Trombone
Tim Cansfield   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Snake Davis   Flute,Baritone Saxophone
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Luis Jardim   Percussion,Drums
Noel Langley   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Steve Lipson   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Pino Palladino   Bass Guitar
Kevin Robinson   Trumpet
Nitin Sawhney   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Drums
John Themis   Guitar
Gavyn Wright   Leader
Neil Conti   Drums
Sean Hurley   Guitar,Bass Guitar
Simon Hale   Conductor
Blair Mackichan   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Ben Castle   Tenor Saxophone
Dan Carey   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Keyboards
Dave Clews   Organ
Karen Ann Poole   Background Vocals
Robin Thicke   Keyboards
Steve Barney   Drums
Jamie Hartman   Piano
Ronnie Peterson   Sampled Guitar
Tom Rees-Roberts   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jenny O'Grady   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Gary Thomas   Engineer
Anne Dudley   String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,String Conductor
Nick Ingman   Orchestral Arrangements
Steve Lipson   Programming,Producer,Executive Producer
Heff Moraes   Engineer
Mike Ross-Trevor   Engineer
Nitin Sawhney   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Steve Wolf   Programming
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Simon Hale   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Flute Arrangement,String Conductor
Niall Acott   Engineer
Blair Mackichan   Programming,Producer
Dan Carey   Producer
Will Young   Author
Robin Thicke   Producer
Simon Fuller   Management
Steve Price   Engineer

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