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Evergreen Thirteen: Will Young's Favourite Albums
Ian Wade , January 6th, 2016 10:09

Following the release of his sixth album, 85% Proof, last year the singer-songwriter changes into some comfortable trousers and talks Ian Wade through his 13 all-time favourite records

Will Young is very good at what he does and is a great pop star. While it may seem customary to be a bit sneery towards anyone who has gone through the ranks of the TV talent competition, to do so does quite a few amazing people a massive disservice, and, to be honest, life is far too short. Young, however, has managed to steer a course through showbiz and respectability, cultivating a career of some 15 years now, with six albums - four of which went to no. 1, the other two settling for runner-up position - a string of theatre and film credits, as well as a reputation for being a jolly decent sort. (Actually, he could probably burn churches down and eat puppies whole in his spare time, but there's no sign of those activities today).

He's now back and touring after having a few years off, with last year's really very good album, 85% Proof, adding to his arsenal of crackers, such as the Richard X-produced 'Jealousy' (in fact, the whole Echoes album is banging), 'Leave Right Now', 'Your Game' and 'All Time Love'.

So, as I say, Will Young is a very busy man. Within seconds of saying hello, he's changing out of the trousers of televised promotional opportunities, and into the more relaxing and casual attire of someone about to discuss their favourite records.

85% Proof is out now on Island Records. Click on the image below to begin scrolling through Will's choices, which run in no particular order