Will Young

Leave Right Now

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The powers that be at 19 Entertainment chose Will Young’s “Leave Right Now” as the fare-thee-well song for American Idol Season 9 contestants, and as the season came to a close in May 2010, Leave Right Now appeared upon American shores providing the 2002 Pop Idol winner a very, very delayed U.S. launch. Leave Right Now naturally has the title track, which was a U.K. number one way back in 2003, but that’s not the only Young hit here: the rest of the eight-track EP rounds up such British singles as “Your Game,” “Friday’s Child,” “Switch It On,” “All Time Love,” “Who Am I,” “Changes,” and “Grace,” each one charting between 2003 and 2008, each one a reminder that some U.K. phenomenons just don’t translate across the Atlantic. Young specializes in super-slick soft rock and super-stiff white funk, doing neither with the panache of either Mick Hucknall or George Michael, to name two templates that did manage to scale the American charts. Young has no chance of replicating his idols with Leave Right Now, not just because most of it is almost a half-decade old, but because he’s a prissy milquetoast whose distinguishing vocal tic is how he occasionally gets a mildly sharp edge to his voice when he’s holding a high note. Not the kind of thing you want to hang your hat on, and not the kind of thing that will win audiences that didn’t see you on TV, either.

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