Unfortunately at the time of release, Rick Astley was tagged as a mimed singer, due to the attachment to Stock Aiken and Waterman.
From the first day of this albums release, I always believed that this performer had talent. He lived up to his true standard, when he performed live in London in 1991, promoting his then album "Free"
When ever you need somebody was another great synth-pop experience. The album kicks in immediately with his biggest hit "Never gonna give you up", and follows through nicely with more great tracks. Other brilliant cuts from this album include "Whenever you need somebody", "Together forever", "It would take a strong, strong man", "Don't say good-bye girl", "No more looking for love", "You move me", and the old Nat King Cole hit "When I fall in love". The best version I've ever heard.
I don't care what others think, this guy's got true talent.