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Whenever You Need Somebody

4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 8 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B000002WAD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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1. Never Gonna Give You Up
2. Whenever You Need Somebody
3. Together Forever
4. It Would Take A Strong Strong Man
5. The Love Has Gone
6. Don't Say Goodbye
7. Slipping Away
8. No More Looking For Love
9. You Move Me
10. When I Fall In Love

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Rick Astley was yet another client of the 1980's Stock-Aitken-Waterman bubblegum pop hit machine like Kylie Minogue and Bananarama. His debut, Whenever You Need Somebody, yielded three hit singles including "Never Gonna Give You Up" and its equally infectious twin "Together Forever." But despite their sound, Astley was a talented vocalist from the start. Imagine Tear For Fears's Roland Orzabal lightening up but losing the falsetto-that's Rick Astley.
That S-A-W disco sound meshed with the strings-synthesizer really enhanced Astley in his #1 hit single "Never Gonna Give You Up." It sounds like a real utopian promise for girls: "Never gonna give you up/never gonna tell a lie/never gonna break your heart and desert you." Ditto "Together Forever", which despite sounding so much like the previous song, deserves special mention of its own. Anyone wanting an upbeat wedding song should play this: "Together forever and never to pass/Together forever with two/And don't you know I would move heaven and earth/to be together forever with you." Awwwwww, isn't that sweet?
The engaging title track is a cousin of Bananarama's "I Heard A Rumour," though without the splashy oomph of the trio. The third single, "It Would Take A Strong Strong Man" veers into 70's soul like Aaron Neville or Barry White. How does he feel about this woman? Take the words of the title, then add "to ever let you go."
If the couple wed to "Together Forever" ended up on the skids, they could play "The Love Has Gone" in the divorce lawyer's office. Despite the usual backbeat, Rick displays a slightly subdued tone and small wonder. He also displays a unique pinched sound at a lower register.
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Rick Astley stormed onto the pop scene in 1987 with Whenever You Need Somebody. Even 13 years later, "Never Gonna Give You Up" and "Together Forever" are light rock radio station standards. However, if all you know are those two songs from this release, you are missing out on some fantastic music.
You probably are familiar with "Never Gonna Give You Up" - it's a pre-requisite if you're actually looking up Rick Astley here - so I won't analyze it. The title track "Whenever You Need Somebody" is just as up beat, fast paced and catchy and could have easily been another hit. If you loved NGGYU and TF, you will go crazy for this song. Next is "Together Forever" - again needing no analysis. "It Would Take a Strong Strong Man" was also released as a single, but it didn't quite have the success of the other two. That's a shame, because the song is incredibly strong and shows Rick's depth and sensitive side. "The Love Has Gone" is a groovin' song with an r&b feel that continues the momentum that has been building the entire album. "Don't Say Goodbye" goes back to the fun pop style so typical of this Stock Aitken Waterman production. While fun, "Slipping Away," to me, is the weakest song on the album. It lacks depth and direction; it doesn't know if it wants to be a pop song or an r&b song. Fabulous hooks and backup singing make "No More Looking for Love" another pop favorite that could have been a hit. Another good yet slightly below par song is "You Move Me." The song has fabulous orchestration, and the refrain is good, but the actual story of the song is a bit, well, strange (his boss at work firing him because he's infatuated?). The last song, "When I Fall In Love," I will leave to the listener to decide.
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