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Listen Without Prejudice

George Michael

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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Must have

Best album he has done. I don't think there is any doubt in lyrics like "Don't tell me how a man should be....If you knew you wouldn't be here with me". It's those kind of lyrics that make this album so good. The lyrics really apply to all. From "Something to Save' "I love you but I guess it's time I let you be" and wishing for that person back on "Waiting for the day" it's his most lyrically powerful and credible, honest album. I think "Mother's Pride" will make any mother who has a son (or daughter) in the military break down. This album leaves you praying for a time he will make one just as good....

By far, his best

This album didn't have the success of Faith because it wasn't promoted as well, but quality wise, it far surpasses anything he had done before. Furthermore it is the crossover moment for Michael as previously he was all pop, later he becomes all inwardly-psychological, and this album blends the best of both worlds. You know the question "If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only takes 5 cd's for the rest of your life....?"...this is one of my 5.

So, so wonderful

In my opinion, this is THE crowning glory for George Michael. More mature and soulful than his previous releases (though ''Faith'' will admittedly always hold a special place in my JenX heart), it is packed with fantastic song after fantastic song - and truly stands the test of time. The lyrics are beautifully poetic, bringing out the serious side of GM. The melodies range from catchy (''Freedom'' and ''Soul Free'' are fantastic dance songs) to haunting ("Cowboys and Angels" and "Mother's Pride" are gorgeous tearjerkers). If you haven't heard this music and you think George Michael is just an 80's pop icon with a fabulous tush, do yourself a favor - get this album, put it on, and just listen. You'll be astounded by the talent that he possesses. The deep, beautiful pitch and powerful range of his voice just shine - especially in the unusual acapella "They Won't Go When I Go." If you weren't in love with him before, you will be!


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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