When this song came out in 1985, many people thought it was an original. Paul Young so masterfully made this song sound like a British pop ballad. But the song was written by Daryl Hall, and originally appeared on the 1980 Hall & Oates album Voices. The original was never released as a single, but Paul Young magically transformed this Philly blue-eyed soul into a lovely pop song. The guy could belt out a ballad. Young's version, while clearly a ballad, is a little faster-paced than the original, which really was a soulful take.
Now, Spin Magazine wasn't a big fan of Paul Young, saying that he "doles out bland versions of even blander songs" and calling this song "warmly moving fuck music." Which just tells me that you can't please everyone.