The best thing about Paul Young was that he exposed the middle-of-the-road dance crowd to Joy Division and the songs by Jack Lee (of LA's pop-punk band Nerves). In the early eighties Young made a name for himself as an husky voiced performer who could tackle songs by Booker T. & The MG's and Marvin Gaye.
The UK always had it share of blue-eyed soul singers and his 1983 album No Parlez made it big in 1983, shipping millions of copies worldwide. Young contributed a couple of his own tracks for the album, which wasn't such a good idea. The album hasn't aged well. Production values reached all time low at that time and the keyboard parts sound really cheesy. The expanded reissue comes with an extra disc with superfluous 12 inch remixes, a couple of demos and two nice live tracks. It would have been a better choice to add these two to the end of the studio album.
Paul Young: No Parlez 25th Anniversary Edition is released on Sony/BMG. Release date: July 14th.