Single Review: Will Young – ‘Come On’

“It cements his versatility as an artist and the adeptness of his talents”

4 STARS

Digital Release: November 20, 2011

Physical Release: N/A

Nothing more than a quick glance at what the original singing and song-writing competition went on to become: a hideous monopolising talent vacuum steam-rolling it’s way over the music industry, makes it easy to forget that Will Young’s entire career grew from such comparatively humble beginnings on the much smaller scale of Pop Idol. Arguably one of the most accomplished singer-songwriters to ever be launched from such a platform, he’s managed a career spanning nearly ten years, with enormous sales and a solid fanbase to boot. He’s more than earned the right to his first cover song since 2002. His reliably original material in the intervening nine years is a bountiful contrast to the barrenness of The X Factor casualties forever stuck recording cover after cover with strategically released Christmas and Mother’s Day cash-ins.

Said cover is that of ‘Come On’, a song recorded by Kish Mauve for their 2009 album ‘Black Heart’. And it’s safe to say that, with Richard X helming the production table, this cover is far more than a simple re-hash either. In place of a sulking, mardy delivery there’s Young’s meringue-light voice; in place of angsty indie guitars and bass there’s a glittering ensemble of beautifully layered synthesisers and galloping beats. The grumpy slur of Mima Stilwell’s original works within it’s own typified genre perfectly, but Young’s dreamily optimistic cover magnifies the song’s plea for clarity from confusion into a brilliantly shining, flawlessly produced wide-screen spectacle. Young’s vocal performance assembles it’s closer to normality than Stilwell’s, but is by no means a more conventional method; his instantly distinguishable voice rings out with a desperate longing for some kind of reprieve from a lover. Stilwell was happy enough to dwell moodily about a complacent other half but it’s Young’s delivery which re-ignites the emotion in her lyrics.

Will’s first cover in nine years glows with an effervescent electronic backing and an ambitious production which Young handles with enough care and vigour to successfully convey the emotion left dormant by Stilwell’s dulcet original. It cements his versatility as an artist and the adeptness of his talents.

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