Will Young's Echoes
I’ve really enjoyed all the previous Will Young albums - so when I noticed that most music critics included the phrase ‘I’m not really a fan of his music but this is a fine album’ in their reviews, I just knew I was going to enjoy this one as well.
Indeed it is a 'fine album'! No fillers here, and much of it is funk-lite - not unlike many of the recent George Michael singles.
The opener is the first single, Jealousy, which must rate as one of the tracks of the year. It’s followed by a stomper of a song called Come On, and from there one quality song follows another.
There’s the haunting ballad, Outsider, the very George Michael-ish, Personal Thunder, the funky Good Things and Safe From Harm which could so easily have been an up to date Bronski Beat song.
This guy is at the top of his game. Echoes has deservedly become a number one album and should easily make the critics top ten albums of the year… that’s how much he’s won them over!