Will Young, 85% Proof

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The first single from Will Young’s sixth studio album and first since signing to Island Records hinted that something was afoot.

The pounding disco stomp of Love Revolution  suggested that the former Pop Idol winner had noted the success of Ed Sheeran, John Newman, Olly Murs and others and decided to take a trip onto the dancefloor for his first album in four years.

And for the main part, that’s exactly what he’s done. The single is a terrific return, but the huge dance groove of Promise Me is even better and Prince’s influence extends beyond the funktastic U Think I’m Sexy’s dreadful title.

Elsewhere, the stellar McCartney-esque pop/rock of Thank You and Blue’s celebratory pop/soul are highlights on an album teeming with them, with the closing I Don’t Need A Lover as elegant a song of heartbreak as you’ll hear all year. A great return.

Like this? Try these: John Newman, Tribute; Ed Sheeran, X

@adjgreenhalgh

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