Smart and polite ... Pop Idol Will proves a delight

Pictures Martin Bostock'Will Young in concert at the Opera House, Blackpool.
Pictures Martin Bostock'Will Young in concert at the Opera House, Blackpool.
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Will Young - Opera House, Blackpool

BLACKPOOL Opera House was packed out as Will Young returned to town with his critically acclaimed new album Echoes.

Preppily dressed and posh and polite as ever – the strength of the former Pop Idol’s appeal seems unquestionable even after 10 years.

The fact many fans already seem to know the words to his new songs indicates the album’s success.

Come On got proceedings off to a strong start and the pop-tastic Losing Myself and Jealousy had the Will fans jiggling in the aisle space.

But Echoes also has a reflective, wistful sound as shown in songs like Outsider and Silent Valentine, which was accompanied by falling rose petals.

The mood was certainly lower key than last time he appeared in Blackpool on his Greatest Hits tour. He did a good mix of old and new with Changes Your Game and the endearingly popular Leave Right Now. But some heckling - from what was probably a neglected boyfriend - who shouted “average” after his version of Light My Fire seemed to leave the singer looking a bit crestfallen.

A rather haunting version of Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill and a remixed Evergreen kept the mood a little downbeat, but single Jealously as the finale brought things full circle.