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Greatest Hits - Rick Astley

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Genre: Pop - Dance Pop / Artist: Rick Astley / Extra tracks / Audio CD released 2003-01-11 at Bmg

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      25.08.2009 16:51
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      actually quite good

      Yum! Rick with long hair. Actually, I think I preferred him with his nice auburn quiff. Note I said auburn, not ginger. Rick was at the height of fame in the late nineties, when a gap appeared in the music market for a slightly short looking public schoolboy type with ill fitting blazers and terrible dance moves. Rick fell into the hands of Stock Aitken and Waterman, who effortlessly guided his career for a few years before Rick fell out of favour and out of the charts.

      This is is best of, so let's remind ourselves what he had to offer. 'Never Gonna Give You Up' is three minutes of pop indulgence as he laments of his loyalty for some lucky lass. Rick's vocals are rich and sexy and although the beat sounds tinny, the song is a sublime bit of pop music that will be hard to recapture.

      'Whenever You Need Somebody' offered up more of the same formula, with Rick proudly offering his services of love to some lucky woman, probably the same woman as before, who has yet to accept Rick's advances.

      'My Arms Keep Missing You' is another pop gem, with a bright and alert melody as Rick bemoans how he hasn't yet cornered the woman he so desires and how she is in the arms of someone else! By this time, the poor woman has probably taken out a restraining order.

      Rick covers 'When I Fall In Love' with all the style and grace of a rhino rolling in a pool of mud. By that, I mean he is right at home with the soppy content and does quite a good job of it. And thank the lord! He appears to have finally got this darned woman, as 'Together Forever' suggests love has cometh for poor old Rick. It is another fine cheesy pop song.

      Rick's new found confidence continues in 'She Wants To Dance With Me.' Don't be so sure mate, judging by your dance moves in the video for 'Give You Up' the woman is either blind or just incredibly sympathetic. Pleasing little ditty though.

      'Hold Me In Your Arms' sees Mr Astley more at ease with his vocals, getting in touch with a more soulful side. The song is strong and peaks when Rick arrives at the chorus with gusto. On a similar keel, 'Cry For Help' is delivered stylishly and showcases a fine set of lungs on the fellow.

      The album finishes with some lesser hits which are all quite acceptable. Curiously though, the last track, entitled 'Sleeping' is what I was doing before it had a chance to get underway.

      16 tracks and some lovely cover artwork of Rick pretending to be a tree complete the package. Now nominate me for a crown darn it, I've done near on 700 blooming reviews now!

      Tracklisting

      1 Never Gonna Give You Up
      2 Whenever You Need Somebody
      3 When I Fall In Love
      4 My Arms Keep Missing You
      5 Together Forever
      6 It Would Take A Strong Strong Man
      7 She Wants To Dance With Me
      8 Take Me To Your Heart
      9 Hold Me In Your Arms
      10 Cry For Help
      11 Move Right Out
      12 Never Knew Love
      13 The Ones You Love
      14 Hopelessly
      15 Body And Soul
      16 Sleeping

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Never Gonna Give You Up
      2 Whenever You Need Somebody
      3 When I Fall In Love
      4 My Arms Keep Missing You
      5 Together Forever
      6 It Would Take A Strong Strong Man
      7 She Wants To Dance With Me
      8 Take Me To Your Heart
      9 Hold Me In Your Arms
      10 Cry For Help
      11 Move Right Out
      12 Never Knew Love
      13 The Ones You Love
      14 Hopelessly
      15 Body And Soul
      16 Sleeping