Written by The Lazy Music Reviewer

This is the latest review by the Lazy Music Reviewer. He is too busy listening to and promoting lots of awesome music (ahem and has a full time job) that he simply doesn’t have time to do an in-depth review (or maybe he is just not a good enough writer to write one – you decide) but he still wants to “review”.

So, the way he works is he will sum up each song in just a few words (sometimes even one word – he’s just that lazy) and then also link via other people’s words to other more in depth reviews (because he’s wicked and he’s lazy) for your reading pleasure because it’s always good to get more than one person’s opinion, right?

1 – Beautiful Life

“yes, yes it IS!”, The Lazy Music Reviewer

the album opens straightaway with the slick swagger of the title track, whose funky guitars and dancey bassline are enough to lure the listener to the waiting dancefloor and lose their-self in its dizzying glitter and glamor“, Cryptic Rock

“brings the record to a warm start with a U2-like intro and infectious grooves and melodies”, Immortal Reviews

2 – Chance To Dance

defo take that chance!“, The Lazy Music Reviewer

a foot-stomping ditty “Chance to Dance” provides listeners with exactly that“, Independent

something new for Astley; it is as engaging but is refreshing with its Tropical Pop sensibilities“, Cryptic Rock

3 – She Makes Me

“Ronan Keating-esque but that’s a good thing!”, The Lazy Music Reviewer

a solid piece that’s more than two-thirds country-inspired“, The Herald

a sanguine guilty pleasure, whose lyrics serve no purpose other than getting the song from A to B“, Independent

4 – Shivers

this might or might not give you shivers“, The Lazy Music Reviewer

slow tempo but big-sounding, “Shivers” immediately returns the listener to their feet, with their head swaying and toes tapping in subtle grace.“, Cryptic Rock

a bouncy and danceable song mixed with some interesting elements“, Reflections Of Darkness

5 – Last Night On Earth

great advice!“, The Lazy Music Reviewer

digs into some country tones and gives off some soulful, homegrown vibes to kick off the “different” tracks“, Immortal Reviews

crystalline-bright acoustic-guitar plucks, charming orchestration, and Gospel-inspired melodies make it an album highlight“, Cryptic Rock

6 – Every Corner

“it’s not for me Rick”, The Lazy Reviewer

The low point arrives with “Every Corner,” the hybrid of an X Factor winner’s single and an Ed Sheeran chart-botherer written by Gary Barlow that you’d expect to find hidden away on disc two of a NOW! CD from 2003“, Independent

Astley then takes on a bluesier mood“, Immortal Reviews

7 – I Need The Light

Hey Alexa, switch on Rick’s living room lights“, The Lazy Reviewer

a truly honest track you might not have expected“, Immortal Reviews

one of the catchiest tracks, although nowhere near as catchy as Astley’s breakout classic. But let’s be honest, nothing ever will be“, The Herald

8 – Better Together

“…and Together Forever, right?”, The Lazy Music Reviewer

a darker, tantalizing vibe as Astley croons“, Immortal Reviews

brings us some different facets of Rick Astley’s vocals and I would call it a happy ballad“, Reflections Of Darkness

9 – Empty Heart

simply beautiful!“, The Lazy Music Reviewer

will have you humming to yourself over breakfast“, Independent

strums its way into the listener’s yearning heart“, Cryptic Rock

10 – Rise Up

a man of many voices“, The Lazy Reviewer

a bit melancholic leading into a flawless Pop ballad“, Reflections Of Darkness

hopelessly optimistic“, Immortal Reviews

11 – Try

“awesome!”, The Lazy Reviewer

boasts Astley’s most affecting vocal, conveying genuine anguish as he sings about dust-ridden hopes and dreams“, Independent

starts with a simple piano line then bursts into a heartbeat-racing anthem—ready to transcend a million lovers into quiet introspection, to discover love one again and affirm its sincerity“, Cryptic Rock

12 – The Good Old Days

“an EPIC closer!”, The Lazy Reviewer

a nostalgia-laden highlight in which he describes the place of his birth as being “the music that my brothers and sisters played to me.” “, Independent

another impassioned piano song, this time with a faint theatrical flare and throwback lyrical sentiment“, Cryptic Rock

What are your thoughts? Can you sum this album up in one sentence? Go on – be lazy, you know you want to!

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Written by Steve

I’m Steve and live in a village called Alford (home of Emeli Sande & birthplace of the Aberdeen Angus cow) in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. I currently work in the IT industry (yawn) I just want to share my ideas, findings and general reflections with whoever wants to listen.

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