Patience [UK]by George Michael
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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- Sbme Import
Performance CreditsGeorge Michael Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Piano,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
Michael Brown Guitar
James Jackman Keyboards
Technical CreditsGeorge Michael Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming
Philip Oakey Composer
David Arnold Orchestration
David Austin Composer,Programming
Ian Burden Composer
Hal David Composer
Pete Gleadall Programming
Eric Matthew Composer
Gary Turnier Composer
Ruadhri Cushnan Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Niall Flynn Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Oliver Stumm Composer
Joanna Bailey Direction
James Jackman Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
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This is by far one of the best albums of the year. I am thrilled that George is back and he deserves all praises and accolades for this masterpiece.
I grew up listening to George Michael -- Wham! hit the scene in the US just as I was entering my teenage years. Few artists have captured and held my devotion as George Michael has, and Patience reaffirms my ardent admiration. This album exemplifies everything I love about his music, and more. I think it contains his best work yet. It's been a long wait for new music from George Michael, but if Patience indicates what we can expect from him after a long hiatus, then I will wait, willingly if impatiently, for as long as it takes for him to release his next masterpiece.
Patience,the new George Micheal release,is just as spectacular as his previous release,Older. Patience,which is reminicsent of "Jesus to a Child" has the same depth and quality. "Amazing" as well as "Flawless" have that dance/house mix we come to associate with George. This album is just incredible from start to finish;little do we realize that George did most of the instruments as well as writing and producing the album. All I know is that we don't want him to retire:Give us more!!
George michael mmmmm what can i say I never was a fan, I of knew his old stuff but only certain songs. Until last yr. when i saw him on oprah he i got to know him a little better and he performed tow song the single "amazing" from the new album and "father figure" when i heard him sing these songs i quickly became a fan, now i usually am a risk taker. Without knowing an artist well i get the cd so it was a gamble when i bought this becaue i didn't know him musically, So i bought "patience" and what an album i was very impressed this album is very personal in both love and tragety George Michael really did an awesome job and it is my cd player till this day I love this man and for what he stands. American Angel anouther great song about his new man in his life which made me feel great one because I to was falling in love with someone and two im a queen lol.....i fall for love songs so fast. I do recomend getting this cd you will not regret it especially if you are a young Gay man like myself only 20 yrs. old lol but this album just makes you feel really good inside and up lifting. If I were you also get the greatest hits collection "ladies and gentelmen george michael".
This album like every George Michael album is one of the greatest albums to have ever been made! This man is a genius and he's so vocally talented that it's a shame more people aren't listening to him like they used to. He's been voted as one of the greatest recording voices of all time by several critics, and he proves that he definately deserves that with this album (and every album he's ever done). He's truly amazing!!!!
This from a person who anxiously awaits all music from this artist... this CD is not great. It's polished, interesting, and took quite a few listenings for me to decide I liked it. Even at "good" it was better than 90% of everything else that appeared this year. Pretty amazing, still!