Faith

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
A superbly crafted mainstream pop
ock masterpiece, Faith made George Michael an international solo star, selling over ten million copies in the U.S. alone as of 2000. Perhaps even more impressively, it also made him the first white solo artist to hit number one on the R&B album charts. Michael had already proven the soulful power of his pipes by singing a duet with Aretha Franklin on the 1987 smash "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me," but he went even farther when it came to crafting his own material, using sophisticated '70s soul as an indispensable part of his foundation. Of course, it's only a part. Faith's ingenuity lies in the way it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
A superbly crafted mainstream pop
ock masterpiece, Faith made George Michael an international solo star, selling over ten million copies in the U.S. alone as of 2000. Perhaps even more impressively, it also made him the first white solo artist to hit number one on the R&B album charts. Michael had already proven the soulful power of his pipes by singing a duet with Aretha Franklin on the 1987 smash "I Knew You Were Waiting For Me," but he went even farther when it came to crafting his own material, using sophisticated '70s soul as an indispensable part of his foundation. Of course, it's only a part. Faith's ingenuity lies in the way it straddles pop, adult contemporary, R&B, and dance music as though there were no distinctions between them. In addition to his basic repertoire of funky dance-pop and airy, shimmering ballads, Michael appropriates the Bo Diddley beat for the rockabilly-tinged title track, and proves himself a better-than-decent torch singer on the cocktail jazz of "Kissing a Fool." Michael arranged and produced the album himself, and the familiarity of many of these songs can obscure his skills in those departments -- close listening reveals his knack for shifting elements in and out of the mix and adding subtle embellishments when a little emphasis or variety is needed. Though Faith couldn't completely shake Michael's bubblegum image in some quarters, the album's themes were decidedly adult. "I Want Your Sex" was the most notorious example, of course, but even the love songs were strikingly personal and mature, grappling with complex adult desires and scarred by past heartbreak. All of it adds up to one of the finest pop albums of the '80s, setting a high-water mark that Michael was only able to reach in isolated moments afterward.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644086720
  • Catalog Number: 40867
  • Sales rank: 7,453

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Faith (3:16)
  2. 2 Father Figure (5:36)
  3. 3 I Want Your Sex, Pts. 1-2 (9:17)
  4. 4 One More Try (5:50)
  5. 5 Hard Day (4:48)
  6. 6 Hand to Mouth (4:36)
  7. 7 Look at Your Hands (4:37)
  8. 8 Monkey (5:05)
  9. 9 Kissing a Fool (4:35)
  10. 10 Hard Day (6:30)
  11. 11 A Last Request (I Want Your Sex, Pt. 3) (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Michael Primary Artist, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments
Ian Thomas Drums
Shirley Lewis Background Vocals
John Altman Horn
J.J. Belle Guitar
Hugh Burns Guitar
Chris Cameron Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Mark Chandler Horn
Betsy Cook Keyboards
Andy Duncan Percussion
Deon Estus Bass
Lee Fothergill Guitar
Malcolm Griffiths Horn
Roddy Matthews Guitar
Danny Schogger Keyboards
Steve Sidwell Horn
Paul Spong Horn
Jamie Talbot Horn
Richard Taylor Horn
Robert Ahwai Guitar
Steve Waterman Horn
Lord Monty Guitar
Rick Taylor Horn
Technical Credits
George Michael Arranger, Composer, Producer, Cover Design
Chris Cameron Contributor
Steve Peck Engineer, Contributor, Remixing
Shep Pettibone Remixing
Chris Porter Engineer
Paul Wright Contributor
Paul Gomersall Contributor
Stylorouge Cover Design
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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    Must Have Masterpiece

    This is one of the greatest albums ever created it is a pop masterpiece front to back this man is such a talent and anyone who doesn't think so have never heard this album

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Faith (in cannibalistic ninja communists)

    "Father Figure" is playing on my headphones, and I am listening to this album because it is a breath away from heaven. George Michael redefined 80's pop with this album. He plays almost every instrument and writes songs with great precision. His lyrics are a little bit suggestive, but they easily match the mood of the music. "Faith" was the best choice to kick off this album because of its rock & rollicking beat. "Hard Day" is another one of the best tracks because its subtle, smooth keyboardic background. The harmonies by George himself are also professional. The music itself is so well-produced it hardly sounds like it was from 1987 at all. Certainly one of the best albums of the decade, and it also fits in with my diverse interests in music, which includes Frank Zappa and The Who!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!

    A strong solo debut from George Michael. Here he mixes dance, soul and R&B into a tasteful and superb album. The hits include ''Faith'', ''I Want Your Sex'', ''Father Figure'', ''Hard Day'', and ''Look at Your Hands''. Also notable is ''Kissing a Fool'' and ''One More Try''. Highly recommended!

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    Posted February 22, 2010

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