Perfectly Flawless..absolutely flawless | Reviewer: eSther
Thats George Michael...he has a seductive and a soothing voice...i loved the recent live in london tour...such a pure unblemished voice....his songs r based on his life...he doesnt care what people think of him and that i-dont-give-a-fuck attitude draws me more towards him...please make more music...u rock Georgio:-)
Kaniz | Reviewer: kaniz
Simply the song "Last Christmas" is beautiful to hear. I like the lyric so much. It's a inspiring song for whom who lost his/her love to engage themselves again to find their partner forgetting all the socking moment. I simply heard the song when i feel i need someone in my life. Wish that if George Michael WITH ME when i feel lonely!!!!!
Amazing.. | Reviewer: Monica
This is an AMAZING article. Who ever wrote this, you write so beautifully. Thanks so much for that. I am a HUGE fan of George and have read thousands of things. This is one of the few that I am actually going to hang on to....maybe hang on my fridge. Thanks again, you write like an angel =)
George Michael Live | Reviewer: Anonymous
Last week I saw George Michael performing in his 25 Live Tour that started here in Portugal...It was unbelivable...amazing...wonderful...
To see George Michael live it's just unforgetable...his presence on stage...his voice...
I will never forget that wonderful night...
He is the best...no doubt...
Why George still can't be beaten... | Reviewer: T. Cooper
He shot to fame in Wham!, and the whole 'It's great being on the dole' thing was misunderstood, even by me. I thought, "What a prick - there are 3 million people on the dole in Thatcher's Britain, and this eejit is saying that it's cool.." Apparently, it was an early (and successful) attempt at causing some controversy to get attention. After all, it worked for Frankie Goes To Hollywood.
As for me, I thought that Andrew Ridgeley was surplus to requirements, while George's music and voice were catchy and fun. 'Bad Boys' was my favourite of the early Wham! singles, even though at that time, I went around saying, 'what a tosser..', I couldn't help liking that tune in particular. Wow - maybe his american delivery of rap in 'Young Guns' and 'Wham! Rap' had a little influence on my own rapping alter ego (RapsterTee)?
Then with the change of image that came with 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go' everyone loved George. He's successfully softened his image and sound to something a little less macho, but still slightly cheesy. I thought, "God, what a poof!" but when I borrowed a friend's VHS (remember them?) video of the Wham promos, I saw 'Everything She Wants', which is to this day, one of the most impressive songs I've ever heard. 'I'm your Man' and the final 4 - Track EP featuring 'Battlestations' and 'Where Did Your Heart Go' was a tour de force.
Special mention here for the unmistakable 'Careless Whisper'. A massive, massive worldwide hit that probably has the royalties coming in by the bucketload to this day. When everyone saw the video, the girls wished that they were being passionately snogged in the bedroom scene, and the boys (the straight ones at least!) watched it like a Bond movie: "He's cool as hell, you have to admit it."
It soon became apparent that no other UK band could touch him. Boy George had had his day and resorted to slagging him off in the press, but it seems that Duran Duran, Paul Young, Spandau Ballet, Sting etc, all gave him the respect he deserved.
By the way, George himself states that he was for all intents and purposes, straight back then. In his 1997 autobiography 'Bare', he admits to sleeping with anything in a skirt - air hostesses, models, anything. Lucky bleeder.
I finally gave in and realised he was a top artist around that time. Just in time for 'Faith', which saw him buying into the USA image in a big way. Although he later said that he hated the entire falseness of that image and direction, there's no denying that his decision to market himself in that way was absolutely perfect.
The LP itself was a masterpiece, but with one or two flaws. In my humble opinion, a remix of 'Hard Day' by the great Shep Pettibone, shouldn't have been on there - it came across as a filler, when we know that George, being the prolific writer that he was, could've put another killer tune on there instead. And I never really liked 'Look At Your Hands', which was co-written by his schoolboy buddy David Austin.
but on the plus side - the other songs were solid gold:'Faith' was a slice of guitar sprinkled Americana which no doubt endeared him to a new audience of fans across the pond, and 'I Want Your Sex' - another controversial song and decision, served him up major awards and returns. That song was split up into three different parts on the album - 'Lust' (which became the single) ' Brass In Love', the trumpet led mid section, and finally 'A Last Request' - a cheeky method of getting someone into bed.
'Father Figure' was another perfect song. As on all his ballads, George can blend forcefulness and desire effortlessly. His voice, whether whispery or loud, is like th eprefetc medium to convey his emotional connection to the lyrics. Where Morrissey has sarcasm and depression (He's damn cool too, by the way), George's voice can drip with sadness or burn with passion in the blink of an eye. It simple oozes class and quality. Watch any of his live performances, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that he's lip-syncing to a studio recording.
'One More Try' and 'Kissing a Fool' were ballads of the highest calibre, while 'Monkey' needed a little boost in the form of a remix by Janet Jackson's producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to make it harder, funkier and the big hit it was.
George disappeared for a long time, recording-wise, after that, but as was always the case with Michael Jackson, the hype began to build, waiting for his return. And amid a publicity storm, we learned of George's new idea - to pull out of promoting himself in his interviews and videos (he's had a gutfull of it with the last album), and let the music speak for itself.
He dropped 'Listen Without Prejudice, Volume 1' - probably his finest album to date. But Volume two never surfaced, as his battle to break free from Sony music became more fierce. But he survived, escaped and got out the other side in relatively good condition.
I'm not going to go on discussing his music because it'd take far too long, but instead I'm going to focus on the man and the person behind the persona.
Image: From downright cheesy through to American Macho to the confident shiny suits of 2007's serious singer-songwriter, you can't deny that he looks good. In the old days when he dressed in white with day-glo gloves and highlights in his mullet, you have to remember that everyone looked like that in the '80's. He's the epitome of well-dressed.
Career: Despite his recent trouble with the police, and the previous 'toilet' incidents, you have to say that he's managed to retain his popularity somehow. Incidents like this would've totally ruined lesser artists, but he winks to the camera, apologises and comes across as so human and honest, that everyone seems to empathise and forgive him. Even when he makes a complete idiot of himself, he just admits it and carries on. He's a workaholic - handling every aspect of his career from writing to art direction, gigging and video - so what if he lets his playtime get out of control from time to time?
Sexuality: So he's been gay for years. But he seems to be one of the few gay artists that straight people love as much as ever. Since coming out, he hasn't let his image or writing fall into stereotypical 'look at me - I'm a big camp gay bloke!' territory. His disco records and ballads (see 'Patience') while dealing with gay issues and concerns, still seem to be meticulously assembled, and the result is never tacky. Even (in the case of 'Outside', with its toilet dance scene) if he tries to be. I seriously doubt he's ever lost a single fan since he came out.
Future: George reckons he's much happier now than he's ever been. His previous albums have been plagued by bereavements, loneliness, confusion and controversy, but have always sold by the shedload. Now in his 25th year of being one of the world's top music artists, George is happier, more settled (probably thanks to his partner, Kenny) and is open about his sexuality. He's touring and loving it - he recently said that he thought he'd never gig again, but thankfully he's embraced everything about who he once was and who he is now, and I want to predict that with all this positive stuff going on for him, his next album will probably be his greatest.
Unless of course, he needs sadness to create. It's worked in the past. I personally just wish he'd stop acting so self-destructively by getting caught in the press either stoned at the wheel, or having fun 'n' games with dubious punters in public places. Have all the fun you want, George, but keep it private, mate - don't let the tabloids rip your career to shreds.
He's a complete legend though. Whether you like his music or not, whether you're gay or straight, whether you're from Mars or Middlesbrough, you can't deny that George Michael is probably the biggest star on the planet, standing easily alongside Madonna, Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney. Gotta love the guy.
Careless Whisper | Reviewer: Frank
I would have to say that "Careless Whisper" has to be simply the finest song George Michael has ever written and performed. Make the heart cry at the loss of a loved one and the pain that comes with it... All for a brief "fling"...!!!