Since the release of his last album "Echoes" in the year 2011, which reached in UK # 1 and was certified platinum, has fOr multiple Brit Award winners Will Young things have changed - Similar to the single "Changes"(2008) Conjured. Despite his tremendous success (so far three number 1 albums and eleven top 10 singles) had Young feel they need a break from music. Having already had a few appearances as an actor in film and television, he wowed the critics as Emcee in the musical Cabaret (for which he was fOr an Olivier Award nomination), moderated an ITV documentary about the surrealist artist Magritte and revealed his passion for politics in blog entries for the Huffington post and others. He also wrote a biography, which became a bestseller, and was the face of a campaign by the charity organization Stonewall. In addition, he is now a teacher and mentor other singer-songwriters.
Finally, he again began to write songs. He was assisted by the change to a new label (Iceland Records / Universal Music) and a more relaxed setting. After he had been given the necessary space and enough time, he wrote "85% Proof"(Later more on this title), a versatile, very confident and touching human album. The joyful first single "Love Revolution"With its old-RB-handclaps Surprised with a cheeky new interpretation of the dance anthem"Loneliness" from Tomcraft. "It gives you a certain credibility, if you look a while holds," he laughs as he can pass its varied 15-year career Revue. "I realized that I what I do, actually quite well can."
The album "85% Proof" was of Jim Elliot (Mikky Ekko, Ellie Goulding) Produces, has collaborated with the Young, and is a creative processing of his many activities to Echoes. The defiant second single "Brave Man"(" About to face things and are not afraid of his inner ") and the music upbeat but lyrically also defiant"Thank you"Reveal a bolder, fear looser Young, inspired in part by his role as master of ceremonies." The whole show and performance embody in some way my perspective on life. It is subversive, funny, political, a social comment she is fun, full of great music and very entertaining, "he says." In a song like 'Thank You' aim should be to have no fear, for example, someone to defy. It's okay to be angry. Sometimes you just have to say 'Fuck off, you left me, you fit the not here, you missed me a ticket'. To hell with the whole Zen Buddhist stuff. "
Acting helped Young Moreover, new perspectives in the songwriting. Through the creation of figures, he was able to penetrate into new heights, and he uses a mysterious imagery in his songs. So describes the moving, icy pop piece "Like A River"The drowning of an emotion, and even drum'n'bass"Promise Me"Makes use of a little boy symbolizing the dramatic feeling of loneliness and rebirth of the song." Good for a role I have all the elements within my own life, see, "he explains." That works for songs as well. I must indeed behave like an adult, but sometimes I may be so angry that I could throw a tantrum. That you can afford in a song of course more. "
The writing his biography "Funny Peculiar"Has his approach also influences on the new album, especially by his love revived the language." This I really discovered my love for writing new. It seemed to me as if I had regained my voice, just as a human being. By the things that I wrote for the Huffington Post, I was more thinking about the big picture. My job can be very possessive club and only revolve around me, but at some point I started to ask me 'what is it all?'. So he showed in his blog increased interest in the world of politics, but also shifted its perspective songwriting outwards. "The album is much embracing, less introverted and more 'that's life, so it looks'" he says. "Many of my other albums were somewhat self-pitying, but I feel currently not, and therefore has me not inspired." this glance at the past also helped him to get a new view of his presence. "I liked the time lacked a bit as a teenager, when you could make just what you wanted. I thought that would be lost anyway, but now I have again this feeling. One does not simply so many thoughts." Actually has "85% Proof" apart from the serious moments and a lot of uncontrollable happiness, especially in the vibrant, unabashedly cheerful disco delirium of "U Think I'm Sexy"." I feel at the moment really quite sexy, "he smiles.
The album can probably reflect the ups and downs of life as well because it has emerged as relaxed and almost instinctively. The work on the previous albums Show Average lasted 18 months, the majority of "85% Proof" is the result of just FIVE sessions with Eliot and songwriter Mima Stilwell. The work began in June, and in September 2014 was the album with 10 tracks in the box. It was also the result of a new creative method. "If we had a rough melody or a few lines of text, Jim put the headphones on and set to work, then sat Mima and I there and wrote the story," he says. "We did not find more lyrics to a melody, we wanted to first write the text, so each song has emerged. That was a completely different way of writing, so I had never done that. That all depends to the fact that I mean voice've found;. I found out what I wanted to say it was so easy, and the simpler something is, the more truthful, honest and better it is. " While "Echoes" ie a uniform vision had fOr content of the texts and sound, is "85% Proof" full carefree experimentation. "With this album I did not deliberately tried something specific," he notes soberly. "So it was best. There was no cover, I did not know in which direction it should go, I had no plans."
The album makes Although more jumps between different genres as "Echoes" - "Blue"Recalls the pastoral folk of the 70s,"gold"Bears clear Nashville influences and"I Do not Need A Lover"Is a simple piano ballad - but it is held together by its faith in the creative team." First, I made a little worried because the album has no uniform sound, and the previous one was such a straight plate. This is rather a collection of individual songs. Each stands alone, "he says." Continuity arises because I especially Jim and Mima write and produced Jim, so it has all a common origin. "In addition, the core course Will Young, the pop star, and his innate ability of any material to pull him into the hands of falls, unforgettable melodies. "I like pop music and I'm a pop singer, as would be to make it ridiculous an album with an hour harp music," he laughs. "When would you want to put a triangle in a square hole. The frame is always there. "
Now the album title - "85% Proof". During a six-week trip to Thailand, at the Will dealt with Thai boxing, and where the cover photo of the album was, he talked to his brother about a documentary about Moonshine, highly concentrated, moonshine alcohol. After his brother had suggested the title, Will saw "85% Proof" as an expression of the desired effect, which was to have on his listeners the album, but also of how little control he end About this effect has. "My brother said that the alcohol content of moonshine only finds out when one gets drunk. This is so similar, like throwing all the songs together in a kettle for me, then you do not know how other people react to it. Either they are drunk or not exactly, "he laughs. Based on the songs of the album, the title is a confident statement of intent: "It has never eh 100 percent safety in something, but you can bring it to 85% and that's a damn good album.." Time for a few explosions.
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