Albuversary: Good Times by Adam Rickitt

Now, this beauty of an album is one of the best examples of UK pop you could ever come across imo. Sounding more mature than the likes of S Club 7, this is a high NRG dance fest more akin to Cher‘s later material.

To start with Adam Rickitt enjoyed massive success with his debut singe I Breathe Again, hitting No.5 in the UK Singles Chart and selling over 200,000 copies earning a Silver certification. This was a perfect slice of pop akin to Louise’s Naked.

Promo shot for Hollyoaks, 2020.

Follow up single Everything My Heart Desires did fairly well, hitting No.15 in the UK Singles chart. This was a mid-tempo slice that showcased his voice more than his debut single.

Third single The Best Thing, a classy, disco romp performed less well at No.25 which was a shame is it is actually a really great bop. It seemed like the Polydor simply stopped investing in him as an artist and the album just didn’t perform well. Another example of the unjust harshness of the pop market at this time.

Good Times is such a great album, and had some of the era’s biggest hit makers help put it together. Jules & Stone who had previously worked with Stock, Aiken & Waterman during their hey day, and went on to remix many massive hits such as Murder On the Dancefloor by Sophie Ellis Bexter and Don’t Stop Movin for S Club, worked on a couple of the tracks, Howard Donald of Take That fame wrote the title track, and Eliot Kennedy who had worked with the likes of Spice Girls, S Club 7 and Dannii Minogue. Adam himself is credited for co-writing 5 of the tracks on this album, including my favourite, Time Is On Our Side, which showcases his vocals and definitely should’ve been a single. Other album highlights include You Make Me Believe In Love, Hold On to Our Love, Touch Me and Take You High.

The Japanese version of this album came with 2 bonus tracks: Believe In Us and Dreaming (The Best Thing UK B-side). My personal Deluxe Edition version also contains Stars Are Falling (I Breathe Again B-side) and You Got Me Good (Everything My Heart Desires B-side).

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