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Album Review

Following the success of Other Voices (1990), Paul Young embarked on this very ambitious project. Using several big-name artists as backup (including Mark Isham, Jeff Porcaro, Billy Preston, Don Was, Kathleen Turner, and Benmont Tench, to name a few), Young put together a very consistent, smooth, well-produced album of soft rock/soul songs. Young also contributes a great many original titles to the mix, and the songs are wonderful. This is a beautifully produced CD, with strong horn and string arrangements with Young's awesome voice over it all. "Now I Know What Made Otis Blue" is worth the price of the CD alone, but the other songs are top-notch as well. It is to Young's credit that he can put together a very cohesive album given the patchwork in which it was recorded.

Biography

Born: 17 January 1956 in Manchester, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

For much of the '80s, Paul Young rivaled Simply Red's Mick Hucknall as the top blue-eyed soul/pop singer in the U.K. In America, Young was known primarily for his lone chart-topper, "Every Time You Go Away," but was able to sustain his commercial success at home for much of the decade. He was chiefly an interpretive singer, and although he did write some of his own material, his greatest strengths lay in covering R&B classics and rescuing forgotten chestnuts from obscurity. Unfortunately, Young's...
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