Luke Evans has announced his first album, and the tracklist is pretty damn gay. The actor, most famous for playing Gaston in the live action Beauty and the Beast but most beloved (by me) for starring in this year’s Ma (a perfect film, something I’m more than happy to fight about), revealed the collection of covers, At Last, on Tuesday.
"The album is a reimagining of very well-known tracks,” Evans said in a statement. “So we were looking for tracks that we could strip right back down to the bare essentials and then add new arrangements.” The statement also describes the album as an “eclectic collection of modern and classic songs, personally curated by Evans to highlight and complement his unique delivery and vocal style.”
Evans explained that the concept of the album was to turn “an Eighties pop anthem or power ballad into something more acoustic or intimate — but retaining the essence of the original.”
At Last will include U2's “With Or Without You,” Maria McKee's “Show Me Heaven,” and Roberta Flack's “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” And then for the gays, Evans will also cover Pat Benatar’s 80s anthem “Love Is a Battlefield” and Cher classic “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Giving the gays everything they want, I see. But is the album title an allusion to the anticipation for his first album, or is he covering Etta James? Inquiring gays need to know!
The Pat Benatar cover will serve as the album’s first single, dropping on Friday. At Last will be released November 22.