The first track, "Never Gonna Give You Up", was also the first single. It was a massive hit, and led to the album selling over fifteen million copies...and also to the Rick-rolling craze. Yes, this is the video you get when your friend sends you a seemingly awesome link in an email. It was named one of the best 'bad' songs of all time. Maybe it's cheesy in the eyes of today's music, in the post-grunge era, but in context, it was a great pop song.
Six singles in all were released from this album, including Together Forever, a fine companion tune to Never Gonna Give You Up, and It Would Take a Strong, Strong Man, which honestly probably holds up the worst of the bunch. But Whenever You Need Somebody is a solid song, not far off from today's pop sensibilities.
You pretty much know what you are getting here, an eighties dance pop album sung by a man with a crooner's voice. Time and Internet memes have not been kind to his music, but if you get past the Rick-rolling jokes, and understand the music of the time, you will find a lot to enjoy here. This isn't trying to reinvent anything, he just wants to get you dancing, and singing along. For the time, he did a pretty good job with this album.