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Will Young: The Hits

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Breaking the mold of the archetypal pop idol, Will Young has avoided the here today, gone tomorrow fate of many other talent contest winners, arguably thanks to a determination to distance himself from Simon Cowell as quickly as possible. The Hits, which features 12 singles from his four studio albums plus two new tracks, only emphasizes what a wise decision that was. Early post-Idol singles "Evergreen," a rather clichéd Westlife album track that became the template for the TV show winners' debut singles, and "Light My Fire," a competent but unexciting rendition of the Doors classic, have Cowell's stamp all over them. Luckily, his Gareth Gates duet, "The Long and Winding Road," undoubtedly the dullest number one this decade, isn't included here. But it's pretty likely that if the other two hadn't been such gargantuan successes ("Evergreen" is the biggest-selling single of the noughties), Young would quite happily have omitted them as well. Only the gorgeous string-soaked "You and I" hinted that Young could fulfill his initial promise if he weren't lumbered with such pure karaoke material. Fortunately, second album Friday's Child saw Young take his career into his own hands, eschewing the Burt Bacharach-influenced sounds of his debut in favor of the blue-eyed soul-pop that Simply Red based a career on. The simple acoustic ballad "Leave Right Now" has since become a modern classic, but the Blow Monkeys-inspired "Your Game" and the Groove Armada-esque epic title track are just as well-produced. Buoyed by its critical and commercial success, Young continued to develop his brand of sophisticated intelligent pop for third album Keep On. "Switch It On," famous for its Top Gun pastiche video, is arguably his most adventurous single, a frenetic piece of country-rock that owes more than a passing nod to George Michael's "Faith." But it was the maturity of piano-led love songs "All Time Love" and "Who Am I" that showed Young was an artist in his artistic and vocal prime. Fourth album Let It Go served up more of the same, but with its increasingly MOR leanings, Young was ignored by Radio 1 for the first time and the disappointing chart positions for soft-spoken ballads "Grace" and "Let It Go" suggest the rumored dance-led sound for album number five could be a much needed change in direction. However, Young is undoubtedly still one of the success stories of reality TV pop. He may be unable to match the multi-million sales of Leona Lewis or the huge tabloid profile of Girls Aloud, but based on the consistently impressive The Hits, he certainly appears to be the most in control. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

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Der Mann mit der Goldkehle

Anders als anderen "Casting Stars" blieb ihm der Erfolg treu. Zahlreiche Nr. 1 Hits und alle Alben in den Top Ten. Leider hier nahezu unbekannt. Ich hoffe, das ändert sich, denn ich würde ihn gern live in Deutschland sehen. Kurz reinhören reicht eigentlich nicht. Die Musik ist soulig groovig, die Stimme einzigartig. Der Kauf lohnt sich für Liebhaber außergewöhnlicher Stimmen.

Brit-Pop rocks

Verfolge den Sänger schon einige Jahre. Mein momentaner Favorit ist "Let It Go". Die Streicher im Hintergrund sorgen für Gänsehaut. Kaufen!

Biografie

Geboren: 20. Januar 1979 in Hungerford, Berkshire, England

Genre: Pop

Jahre aktiv: '00s, '10s

In February 2002, 23-year-old British singer Will Young became the winner of Pop Idol's inaugural season, making him the first in a long line of Pop Idol, American Idol, and X Factor champions. His debut single, "Anything Is Possible," was released two weeks after the show's finale and became the fastest-selling single in the U.K., a title previously held by Band Aid's 1984 hit "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Young followed the song's success with a string of platinum-selling albums, as well as detours...
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