50 by Rick Astley on iTunes

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

No trendy gimmicks, no clickbait, just Rick’s unique voice pouring forth. 50 marks the British soul man’s half-century milestone and he’s in a thoughtful mood, revealing hard-earned truths on “Keep Singing” and “Angels on My Side”. Time has lent his voice a dusting of grit, which sounds great over the blues-rock riff of “Somebody Loves Me” and the show-stopping piano ballad “Pieces“.

EDITORS’ NOTES

No trendy gimmicks, no clickbait, just Rick’s unique voice pouring forth. 50 marks the British soul man’s half-century milestone and he’s in a thoughtful mood, revealing hard-earned truths on “Keep Singing” and “Angels on My Side”. Time has lent his voice a dusting of grit, which sounds great over the blues-rock riff of “Somebody Loves Me” and the show-stopping piano ballad “Pieces“.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

146 Ratings

Well...

Slyposhboy,

Rick is the kinda guy to never give us up or let us down. For a few years I thought he ran away and deserted us but he's back with this banger... Oh keep coming - 9/10

Exceptional! Good to hear great new music

Devons Daddy,

Heard four tracks on the radio and Internet

All winners!
He is a great singer good performer and this is just further additions to his excellent cannon of work,

Yes this is going to enrich my cloud

About Rick Astley

Wielding a rich, deep voice, Rick Astley became an overnight sensation in the late '80s with his well-crafted dance-pop. Astley was discovered by producer Pete Waterman in 1985, when the Merseyside native was singing in the English soul band FBI. After that, Waterman's production team -- Stock, Aitken & Waterman -- took Astley under their wing, writing and producing such impeccably crafted pop singles as "Never Gonna Give You Up" and "Together Forever." After two hugely successful albums in the U.S. and the U.K., Astley grew tired of being labeled Stock, Aitken & Waterman's "puppet" and severed his connections with the team; he resurfaced in 1991 with the soul-injected Free, which contained the Top Ten hit "Cry for Help."

Free didn't fare as well as its two predecessors, however, and the follow-up effort, Body & Soul, was an outright flop. Astley retired from music for a time, only to return in the 2000s with several new releases, including 2005's Portrait. He also became the subject of "Rickrolling," an Internet phenomenon involving the video for "Never Gonna Give You Up" and a series of bait and switch tactics. During the 2010s, Astley remained in the public eye via touring and with a stint as a DJ for London's Magic FM, but didn't release any new music until 2016's 50, which was named after and inspired by the singer's milestone birthday. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • ORIGIN
    Warrington, England
  • BORN
    Feb 6, 1966

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