Paul Young Live
Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent
Thirty five years ago Paul Young released his debut album No Parlez. Having enjoyed modest success in a series of bands (Kat Kool & The Kool Kats, Streetband and Q-Tips), the record was his debut step to solo stardom.
And boy, did it pay off. With sales in excess of 900,000, the album spent 5 weeks at #1 and remained in the Top 100 for 119 weeks.
Although he has managed to maintain a strong presence on the live circuit and as a recording artist, the nostalgic performer has decided to celebrate his solo debut with the first tour of the full album since his debut solo tour.
Following the show opening by the big-voiced Jackaman, whose material may not have shone fully when stripped back to just vocal and guitar - but whose emotional vocal delivery is destined for greatness, Paul Young took centre stage and immediately launched into the album's biggest hits.
With a voice that hasn't aged and an energetic, playful stage presence, Young allowed the music to do the talking. Although offering brief insights into the album's songs, he knew that the material was strong enough to speak for itself.
With the show's opening act offering Come Back And Stay, Ku Ku Karama, Love Of The Common People and Iron Out The Rough Spots as key highlights, it was the album title track's poignant political undertones and forward thinking musicality that showed just how timeless music can be.
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From the Q-Tips' Get Em Up Joe through to Slipped, Tripped and Fell In Love from his 2016 album Good Thing. But a Paul Young show would not be complete without Senza Una Donna (Without A Woman) and Everytime You Go Away.
An astounding performer, he may have been revisiting his breakthrough album, but in doing so he proved just how relevant the record is to today's industry in both sound and content.
A stunning evening.
Paul Young plays Hull City Hall on October 30.
Paul Young Live, 4th October 2018, 13:17 PM