George Michael Listen Without Prejudice / MTV Unplugged (2-CD)
Rolling Stone: 3.5 Stars - Very Good - "...For the most part, this album succeeds in its effort to establish Michael's seriousness and deliver him from caricature..."
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Format: CD (2 Discs)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: October 20, 2017
- Originally Released: 2017
- Label: Sony Legacy
Rolling Stone - 10/4/903.5 Stars - Very Good - "...For the most part, this album succeeds in its effort to establish Michael's seriousness and deliver him from caricature..."
Q - 12/99, p.68Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
Q5 Stars - Indispensable - Ranked by Q as the #2 Album of 1990.
Stereo Review (1/91) - Best Recording of the Month - "...It is tuneful, inventive, and rebellious, unwilling to play it safe even when it sounds most conformist..."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Praying for Time
- 2.Freedom! '90
- 3.They Won't Go When I Go
- 4.Something to Save
- 5.Cowboys and Angels
- 6.Waiting for That Day
- 7.Mother's Pride
- 8.Heal the Pain
- 9.Soul Free
- 10.Waiting (Reprise)
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Freedom! '90
- 3.I Can't Make You Love Me
- 4.Father Figure
- 5.You Have Been Loved
- 6.Everything She Wants
- 7.The Strangest Thing
- 9.Star People
- 10.Praying for Time
Personnel: George Michael (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion); Phil Palmer (guitar); Emily Burridge, Alfia Nakipbekova (cello); Andy Hamilton (saxophone); Chris Cameron (piano, keyboards); Tony Patler (keyboards); Deon Estus (bass, background vocals); Ian Thomas (drums); Danny Cummings (percussion); Shirley Lewis (background vocals).
Recorded at Sarm West and Metropolis Studios, London, England.
Photographers: Brad Branson; Russell Young.
From its odd, defensive title to the announcement that none of the album's videos would include the photogenic singer/songwriter, George Michael's second solo album consciously repositioned the ex-Wham! frontman as a mature artist rather than a teenybopper idol. Indeed, the video for "Freedom '90," which shares only its title with Wham's 1984 hit, features the ritual burning of Michael's trademark leather jacket.
Career intent aside, LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE is an excellent adult-pop album opening with the tender "Praying For Time" and continuing through nine more excellent, well-sung, and melodic examples of smooth commercial pop, the highlight being the angry "They Won't Go When I Go." Although a more dance-oriented LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE, VOLUME TWO was due for release shortly after the first volume, it was never issued. This projected follow-up may be yet another casualty of the protracted legal battle between George Michael and Sony Music that derailed the singer's career for over half a decade.
- Sales Rank: 79,693
- UPC: 888751580527
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