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Digital Subscriptions > Classic Pop > Aug 2019 > MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF

MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF

RENAISSANCE MAN WI L L YOUNG TOUCHES DOWN ONCE AGAIN ON

PLANET POP WITH A BRAND NEW STUDIO ALBUM HELMED BY RICHARD X AND A FRESH ANXIETY- FREE APPROACH

Turning 40 this year has given Will Young a renewed determination and impetus to create great pop
© Steve Schofield

Two years ago Will Young thought he’d turned his back for good on pop. His 2015 album, 85% Proof, had topped the UK charts and he’d followed it with an extensive British tour. But after a decadeand- a-half on the music biz treadmill, he felt industry pressures were taking their toll.

“I needed to stop but couldn’t think of a way I’d do it that was going to be safe for me and for my well-being, because I have an anxiety disorder,” he says. “I just thought, ‘This isn’t working for me, the people I’m working with are not working. I’m just going to stop, take stock and see what I want to do.’”

An appearance in the 2016 series of Strictly Come Dancing might have only lasted three weeks, as he grappled with post-traumatic stress disorder, but he found his métier instead in acting.

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This month, we have a world exclusive with Adam Ant as he prepares for a full-album tour of his experimental solo debut Friend Or Foe. It’s a must-read interview packed full of surprises. The pop mavericks keep on coming elsewhere, too – our classic album is The KLF’s seminal LP, The White Room, and we catch up with the inimitable Wendy James as she unveils new double album Queen High Straight. We meet the people behind Pet Shop Boys’ dazzling new stage show Musik, a return to the world of Billie Trix; playwright Jonathan Harvey and star Frances Barber fill us in on what to expect. Peter Hook tells us the story behind Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures – 40 years on, the band’s debut is still a work of staggering genius. In our album-by-album feature, we take an in-depth look at the recording career of Eurythmics and we meet Will Young to find out how he’s beaten his anxiety issues to create new studio album, Lexicon. Legendary producer Stephen Street talks us through his life in vinyl and we take a peek inside a new book on Soft Cell to uncover unseen photos of the synth-pop duo. Our packed new album reviews section includes Gary Daly, Shura, Friendly Fires, Mabel and more. On the reissues front, we serve up a selection including The Lightning Seeds, Belinda Carlisle, Big Country and Bonnie Tyler. In our live reviews section, we round up our Glastonbury Festival best bits plus check out gigs by Spice Girls, Elton John, Tears For Fears, Pink and more.