Will Young Lexicon

REVIEW: ‘Lexicon’ – Will Young

Will Young – “Lexicon”

Reviewed by Christopher Smith

Having celebrated his 40th birthday earlier this year and armed with a new record deal with Cooking Vinyl, everyone’s favourite pop idol Will Young has released his seventh studio album “Lexicon”, which is his first long player since “85% Proof” four years ago.

The album is headlined by the lead single “All The Songs” which kicks off the twelve track album in fine style and is co-written by Jim Eliot and Mima Stilwell who are the authors of another “All The” titled song, “All The Lovers“! Together with its sexy and provocative video, “All The Songs” put Will back in the public eye amazingly eighteen years after he burst onto our screens and into the charts with “Evergreen”.

“Lexicon” is almost wholly produced by Richard X so expect a number of uptempo pop/dance tunes as illustrated by (in my opinion) the standout tracks “Ground Running” and “Forever”. But that’s where it ends. Eighty percent of “Lexicon” is ballads and down tempo songs with Will strangely sounding like Sam Smith during almost the whole of this album…or should that be Sam Smith sounds like Will Young?(!)

Eighteen years on Will has matured and is still perfectly capable of writing and performing an epic such as “The Way We Were” and “Dreaming Big”, both of which could of been lifted from his, to date, colossus, “Friday’s Child“. But this album seems to be much more personal rather than manufactured as seen and heard with his first two albums. Will is ‘scarred’ and burnt from a romance as demonstrated with the song “Scars” and his latest track, the synth-happy “My Love”. Will laments further with his hopeful and truthful “I Bet You Call”.

“Freedom” offers some respite for Will but in “Say Anything”, Will offers closure as he has reached the point of no return. “Say anything, you want an ending and you will cry about it”. Bless him. Will looks to the future with hope in “Get Me Dancing” as he states “All that I need is something to do, a person to love, to look forward to”. Let’s hope Will finds inner peace for himself soon and an enjoyment of life and love as he so craves with this album.

With “Lexicon”, Will opens his heart and lets it bleed. But he also looks ahead having loved, bruised and eventually healed to brighter days. If you’re expecting “Jealousy” and another “Echoes” (2011) then think again. It’s hard to place this album among his discography but somewhere mid way would not be unfair. Will will tour the album later this year so for any fan past or “Lexicon” present, that will be a must just as this album is a must have!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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