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Album Review

Gestating for a long time — at least two years, although George Michael hasn't released an album for a decade — Symphonica is a curious way for the pop singer to return to action. A live album recorded on his 2011-2012 tour, Symphonica showcases a singer on the supper club circuit, trading in a few of his big hits, all middle-brow favorites ("Praying for Time," "One More Try," "A Different Corner") and spending a lot of time on songs the audience knows and love, whether it's Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," Anthony Newley's "Feeling Good," or the American Popular Songbook standard "My Baby Just Cares for Me." Michael does indulge in some personal favorites — —he tackles Terence Trent D'Arby's "Let Her Down Easy" and the deep Elton John track "Idol" — but the context is something familiar: a popular singer luxuriating in a symphonic setting. He doesn't push the limits of this template, choosing to enjoy the lush surroundings, so this winds up slightly anti-climactic: Michael is in good form but he's coasting, doing no more than he needs to, satisfying fans without surprising.

Customer Reviews

Amazing

No surprise! What a great artist!

Beautiful

Wow, I love George's music. My generation will be singing his songs when it's time to go off the the convalescent home. I saw him in concert in Saint Paul Minnesota and was in the second row$$$ behind a man over 6"6 talk :-( I had the best time. Love, love, love at first sight when George walk out on to the stage.

George the great!

The best & we love you George! I said it in another review, "you can bring tears to my eyes with that beautiful voice...Thanks n please keep the tunes flowing!

Biography

Born: June 25, 1963 in East Finchley, London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

George Michael was the biggest British pop star of the 1980s, spinning a series of infectiously catchy pop singles into global stardom that saw him sell over 100 million albums worldwide. Blessed with good looks, a fine voice, and a knack for writing engaging melodies that worked well with dance-friendly rhythms, Michael became the rare teen sensation who matured into a respected...
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