From Now On

From Now On

by Will Young



Six months after the nation voted him Britain's first Pop Idol, Will Young faces a much more daunting prospect than singing in front of Simon Cowell: the pressure of releasing one of the most eagerly awaited debut pop albums of recent times. Considering fellow TV popstars Hear'Say took just six weeks to record their rather forgettable first effort, the fact that From Now On hasn't been rush-released bodes well. Not that you'd know it from its first three singles. Simon Cowell is undoubtedly a shrewd businessman who knows where the money is, but his artistic merit is virtually zero. Young proved himself to be one of the most gifted and unique vocalists a U.K. talent show has seen, which makes it even more remarkable that he was lumbered with material that could have finished his career before it began. "Evergreen," the fastest debut selling single of all time, can be slightly forgiven. A cover of a Westlife album track, it's corny and it's clichéd, but its faux-inspirational lyrics and "stand up for the key change" power ballad sound has become the template for every talent contest winner from Kelly Clarkson to Leona Lewis. Its lesser known double A-side, "Anything Is Possible," is less successful. Written by Cathy Dennis, presumably on an off day, it's a limp and lifeless attempt at smooth R&B, a direction Young has unsurprisingly decided not to attempt ever since. "Light My Fire," a cover of the José Feliciano interpretation rather than the Doors original is far more suited to Young's soulful vocals and indeed, it's the first time we get to hear his now trademark ad-libs, but it's a lazy and uninspired choice that seems designed purely to score another number one. However, it's not as lazy as the third single, a duet with Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates on a cover of the Beatles' "The Long and Winding Road." An excruciatingly dull karaoke number, it amazingly doesn't appear on Gates' poor debut but has somehow found its way onto the far superior Young's. So it comes as a relief that the rest of From Now On is a lot more subtle -- its strings-drenched pop evoking the classic Burt Bacharach sound of the '60s. Indeed Bacharach pops up himself as co-writer of the lush "What's in Goodbye," but the likes of "Cruel to Be Kind" and "Lovestruck" wouldn't sound out of place on a Music to Watch Girls Go By compilation, either. The more contemporary sounding songs are just as convincing. The title track is a lovely acoustic midtempo number that has shades of Robbie Williams' more tender moments, while "You And I," probably the album's highlight, is a gorgeous piano-led ballad featuring a gospel choir and a storming chorus that manages to be uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time. Overall, it's an inconsistent effort. But if you ignore the rotten singles, you're left with a well-produced and well-crafted collection of mature pop songs that suggests Young will have no problem breaking free from his Pop Idol tag in the future.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/12/2002
Label: Sony/Bmg Int'l
UPC: 0743219695925
catalogNumber: 196959

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Will Young   Primary Artist,Vocals
Lance Ellington   Background Vocals
Cathy Dennis   Background Vocals
Jack Daley   Bass
Karols Edwards   Percussion
Tee Green   Background Vocals
Nick Ingman   Conductor
Henrik Janson   Conductor
Steve Lewinson   Bass
London Community Gospel Choir   Vocals
Milton McDonald   Guitar
Jeremy Stacey   Drums
Paul Turner   Bass
Simon Hale   Conductor,Keyboards
Ed Johnson   Background Vocals
Thomas Dyani   Percussion
Anthony Drennan   Guitar
Anders Von Hofsten   Background Vocals
Tomas Lindberg   Bass
Per Magnusson   Keyboards
Pete Murray   Keyboards
Jeanette Olsson   Background Vocals
Pete Gordeno   Keyboards
Sharon Murphy   Background Vocals
Uli Janson   Conductor
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Drums,Background Vocals
Sylvia Mason James   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Cathy Dennis   Programming,Producer
Martin Hayles   Engineer
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements
Henrik Janson   Arranger
Heff Moraes   Engineer
Michael Peden   Producer
Jeremy Stacey   Engineer
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Geoff Foster   Engineer
Simon Hale   String Arrangements
David Krueger   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Matthew Ross   Engineer
Adam Brown   Engineer
Per Magnusson   Arranger,Producer
Oskar Paul   Programming,Producer
Jörgen Elofsson   Producer
Alvin Sweeney   Programming,Engineer
Tim Roe   Engineer
Charlie Russell   Programming
Peter Lewis   Engineer
Uli Janson   Arranger
Steve Price   Engineer
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Producer
Robby Krieger   Composer
Stephen Lipson   Producer

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From Now On 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard Light My Fire, I wanted to cry. Light My Fire is possibly one of the greatest rock songs ever written, and this destroying of it is truly painful. The original song is a masterpeice, and Will Young has succeeded in turning into a sappy pop song. Please save yourself and listen to the original .
Guest More than 1 year ago
Living in the states, I found it nearly impossible to find Will Youngs' albums anywhere so I turned to B&N online. I don't regret a single penny that I spent on this album. Will Young is an incredible talent and I look foward to the day that he comes to the US.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago