Patience [UK]

Patience [UK]

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by George Michael
     
 

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For his diehard fans -- who entertained themselves with 1999's campy collection of standards, Songs from the Last Century, and waited eight years to hear new material, Patience proves to be their great reward. Like fellow '80s icon Prince, who also made a comeback in 2004 with the inspired See more details below

Overview

For his diehard fans -- who entertained themselves with 1999's campy collection of standards, Songs from the Last Century, and waited eight years to hear new material, Patience proves to be their great reward. Like fellow '80s icon Prince, who also made a comeback in 2004 with the inspired Musicology, George Michael returns to making music that's both a platform for his proselytizing and substantive enough to please the masses. Lyrically, Michael revisits the universal themes of love, loss, persecution, and redemption found on 1990's excellent, Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1. But in light of his more recent indiscretions -- namely, his humiliating arrest in 1998 for soliciting a male police officer in a Beverly Hills park bathroom -- the openly gay Michael isn't afraid to tackle more personal subject matter. On the poignant "My Mother Had a Brother," he laments the suicide of his uncle, who felt tormented by his own homosexuality. As he did with the melancholy "Jesus to a Child" (from 1996's Older), here the 40-year-old pop star dedicates a song -- the Latin-tinged "Please Send Me Someone (Anselmo's Song)" -- to a lover who died of AIDS. This time, however, Michael sounds optimistic that his prayers for another companion will be answered, and on the breezy "Amazing" and the soaring "American Angel," he sings of the new love that sustains him. Although no Michael effort would be complete without his waxing philosophical in his breathtaking falsetto about the injustices of God and man -- addressed here on the somber title track and the borderline-silly "John and Elvis Are Dead" -- Patience finds the singer-songwriter in a more festive mood. In the vein of Faith's "I Want Your Sex" and Older's "Fastlove," Michael waves his glow stick on the fervent disco anthems "Precious Box," "Freeek! 04," and "Flawless (Go to the City)." Although the tortured "Through" --on which he claims, "Suddenly, the audience is so cruel" -- suggests that this disc may be his last, for our sake let's hope Michael merely needs another lengthy sabbatical to craft his next masterpiece.

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Editorial Reviews

People Magazine - Chuck Arnold
The disc, which sounds like a sequel to 1990's sublime Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, demonstrates why the British star should have been -- and could still wind up being, if he doesn't stick to his claim that this will be his last CD -- the Elton John of his generation.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0827969208021
catalogNumber:
92080
Rank:
55251

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Michael   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
David Austin   Keyboards
Joel Bryant   Background Vocals
Chris Cameron   Piano
Pete Gleadall   Keyboards
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Graham Silbiger   Bass Guitar
Luke Smith   Wurlitzer
Ruadhri Cushnan   Keyboards
Johnny Douglas   Keyboards
Johnny Douglas   Keyboards
Michael Brown   Guitar
James Jackman   Keyboards
Jo Bryant   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

George Michael   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
David Arnold   Orchestration
David Austin   Composer,Programming
Tony Cousins   Mastering
Hal David   Composer
Pete Gleadall   Programming
Eric Matthew   Composer
Gary Turnier   Composer
Tom Coyne   Mastering
Ruadhri Cushnan   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Johnny Douglas   Producer,drum programming
Niall Flynn   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Oliver Stumm   Composer
Johnny Douglas   drum programming
Joanna Bailey   Direction
James Jackman   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming
Dan Gautreau   Pro-Tools

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