George Michael's follow-up to the massive success of Faith found him turning inward, trying to gain critical acclaim as well as sales. Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 is not an entirely successful effort; Michael has cut back on the effortless hooks and melodies that crammed not only Faith but also his singles with Wham!, and his socially conscious lyrics tend to be heavy-handed. But the highlights -- the light, Beatlesque harmonies of "Heal the Pain," the plodding number one "Praying for Time," and also "Waiting for That Day" as well as the Top Ten "Freedom" -- make a case for his talents as a pop craftsman.
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Performance CreditsGeorge Michael Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ian Thomas Drums
Shirley Lewis Background Vocals
Emily Burridge Cello
Chris Cameron Piano,Keyboards
Danny Cummings Percussion
Deon Estus Bass,Background Vocals
Alfia Nakipbekova Cello
Phil Palmer Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Anthony Patler Keyboards
Andy Hamilton Saxophone
Technical CreditsGeorge Michael Arranger,Composer,Producer
Chris Cameron Arranger,String Arrangements
Chris Porter Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Even if you don't like George Michael (and it seems there are a fair number of reasons not to) at least half the songs on this are astonishing pieces of pop artistry.
I highly recommend this album. The majority of the songs here on this album should have made it on the #1 chart here in the US, or in Europe.....