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Whenever You Need Somebody

Rick Astley Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good starting point for Rick Astley April 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Rick of Yesterday April 18 2000
Format:Audio CD
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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3.0 out of 5 stars never gonna give this up! Dec 11 1999
Format:Audio CD
i love this album very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very much
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4.0 out of 5 stars Missing one rare song from the CD
This would have been complete CD with the song Learning To Live Without Your Love (duet with O'chi Brown)
Published on March 23 2010 by pop_actor
5.0 out of 5 stars Bubble-gum pop synth style
Stock, Atiken & Waterman prodigé Rick Astley ceated an instant bubble-gum pop sound that not many had done in the 80's. Read more
Published on Oct. 19 2004 by Blaze
5.0 out of 5 stars Whenever You Need Somebody
Ok so it is cheesy, inane and very stupid. But this album, i.e., Whenever You Need Somebody Rick Astley is a guilty pleasure of mine.
Published on June 17 2004 by B. Viberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great 80's Synth Pop - Rating 100%
Unfortunately at the time of release, Rick Astley was tagged as a mimed singer, due to the attachment to Stock Aiken and Waterman. Read more
Published on May 17 2004 by radiogold
4.0 out of 5 stars good cd by a great singer
rick astley is one of the most underrated and under appreciated singers out there,he's singing is better than 75 % of the artists of today,with such a fantastic voice it makes me... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2003 by gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong First LP
This man's voice caught me off guard when i first heard it, this lp is great! Great Dance music! and the great memories that come back each time i listen too it!
Published on July 24 2003 by G. Carter
3.0 out of 5 stars Astley's voice is better than his material
I remember when I saw my first Astley video, I was blown away that such a soulful baritone could come from a red-headed lad from the British Isles. Read more
Published on April 1 2003 by Reginald D. Garrard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
This Album just makes me want to get up and Dance! Every song has an upbeat tone and you never want it to end. It is so much better than todays pop acts.
Published on March 23 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential Astley
This was the very first CD I ever bought, and I'll never regret it. It was also Rick Astley's first album and quite a success, to say the least. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars This Guy Can Sing
I used to have this tape SO long ago- when I was still playing with Barbies! I had, somewhere in the years, misplaced it and was SO happy to find that Amazon.com had it. Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2002 by "ssroso"
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