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Faith

George Michael

1987

Faith
Album Summary

Faith is the debut solo studio album by the English singer George Michael, released on 30 October 1987 by Columbia Records and Epic Records. In addition to playing various instruments on the album, Michael wrote and produced every track on the recording except for one, "Look at Your Hands", which he co-wrote with David Austin. A "black" inspired pop-R&B album, Faith's songs include introspective lyrics, which generated controversies about Michael's personal relationships at that time.Faith peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart and US Billboard 200. It stayed for 51 non-consecutive weeks inside the Billboard 200 top 10, including 12 weeks at number one. It was also the first album by a white solo artist to hit number one on the Billboard Top Black Albums chart. Faith spawned four number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100: "Faith", "Father Figure", "One More Try", and "Monkey", making Michael the only British male solo artist to have four number one hits from one album on the Billboard Hot 100. Michael embarked on The Faith Tour to promote Faith in February 1988, opening at Tokyo's Budokan arena, before going on to dates in Australia, Europe and North America.Faith is one of the best-selling albums of all time having sold over 25 million copies worldwide and was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1996. The album won several awards, including Album of the Year at the 31st Grammy Awards. Michael won three awards at the 1989 American Music Awards: Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist, Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Album for Faith. He was also honoured with the MTV Video Vanguard Award. Often ranked as one of the best albums of the 1980s, Faith was ranked number 472 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In a revised list in 2020, it was listed at number 151.

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Sat May 22 2021
2

I could be misunderstanding but i do believe this gentleman wants to have sex with me

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Homophobic not to like this.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
1

Oof. This is peak 80s and not in a good way. Michael Jackson did it better. And he was way less sleezy. Which is saying something because Jackson? Eesh. But ol' Georgie boy here takes the sleeze cake. The whole album is just so slimy. Every single track feels gross. And that's even if you leave out "I Want Your Sex" which ... what the actual hell. I'm pretty sure this album gave my ears an STD.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

Was basically tantamount to committing cool-kid suicide by admitting to liking George Michael when I was younger. However, now I'm ready to come out of the closet. This album is pretty great. Wall to wall.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Honestly, there isn't a song on this album that isn't a highlight. This album is certainly George Michael's strongest of his discography, and each track is built well enough that it can be retooled into a club banger (because this happened already)..and the under-appreciated Part 2 of I Want Your Sex legitimately slaps, with its big horns. Monkey was a powerhouse sleeper hit followed by Kissing a Fool, with its sexy-suave swing beat.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
1

George Michael, what is/was wrong with you, dude? There is so much to unpack in the transition from "Father Figure" to "I Want Your Sex." Come again, George? You talkin' to me? You can't have my sex. Especially with those awful lyrics. For 9 minutes and 17 seconds!? "I will be your father figure... I will be your preacher teacher," into "I'm not your father/ I'm not your brother." And who or what is "One More Try" about? Hoping the teacher referenced there is an older partner, and not an actual school teacher. Though considering the preceding songs, all bets are off. "Faith" stands the test of time, and holds up very well, but I feel bad for it. Even after you get through the weird stuff, there's a string of less offensive songs that really wear out their welcome with 4-5 minute lengths. "Faith" was completely forgotten about after what followed, unfortunately.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

This is not George Michael Bluth

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

When I was a kid I was obsessed with this album. It's been a running joke for years in my family. All joking aside after listening to this from top to bottom (LOL) for the first time since I was probably 5 I can safely say it's a classic. Almost every damn song is good. Younger me had great taste!

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

The more I listened to this the more I liked it. I thought the production was excellent and that George Michael is a strong singer with a powerful presence. I also felt like I was learning about him as I listened. Great pop.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Loving the second track father figure! Such a jam.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
5

I am not familiar with GEORGE MICHAEL’s FAITH. I have only really been exposed to the WHAM!’s songs: "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", which I liked, and "Careless Whisper", which did not make a favorable impression on me at the time. At the time, I generally, dismissed WHAM! and therefore GEORGE MICHAEL as pop music. After listening to FAITH, I still liked the album, there are some great songs, especially the instrumentals. The “Faith” Instrumental reminds me of THE CURE. I was very pleasantly surprised how good GEORGE MICHAEL’s voice is and the music is pretty good, too. I’m glad my ears are now “open” In 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, GEORGE MICHAEL - FAITH Is joined by his next album: LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE: VOL 1 (1990) Rate Artist: GEORGE MICHAEL (4.5) Rate Album (Year): FAITH (UK 1986 Original) (5.0) Rate Album (Year): FAITH (UK 2011 Box Set) (4.5) Ranking of GEORGE MICHAEL - FAITH songs No. Title Length Ranking 1-1 Faith 3:13 10.0/10 1-2 Father Figure 5:36 10.0/10 1-3 I Want Your Sex (Pt 1 & 2) 9:17 08.0/10 1-4 One More Try 5:50 07.0/10 1-5 Hard Day 4:48 08.0/10 1-6 Hand To Mouth 4:36 08.0/10 1-7 Look At Your Hands 4:37 09.0/10 1-8 Monkey 5:06 08.0/10 1-9 Kissing A Fool 4:40 10.0/10 UK 1986 Original Release 86.0/90 = 9.56 / 2 = 4.78 Bonus Tracks 1-10 A Last Request (I Want Your Sex Pt 3) 3:47 08.0/10 2-1 Faith (Instrumental) 3:07 10.0/10 2-2 Fantasy 5:02 08.0/10 2-3 Hard Day (Shep Pettibone Mix) 9:05 09.0/10 2-4 I Believe When I Fall In Love 7:05 08.0/10 2-5 Kissing A Fool (Instrumental) 4:37 10.0/10 2-6 Love's In Need Of Love Today (Live) 4:46 08.0/10 2-7 Monkey (7" Edit Version) 4:52 08.0/10 2-8 Monkey (A Capella & Beats) 7:30 07.0/10 2-9 Monkey (Jam & Lewis Remix) 8:06 08.0/10 UK 2011 Box Set (10 Bonus) Release 170.0/190 = 8.94 / 2 = 4.47

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

Always has been one of my favorite albums of all time. I absconded with my sister’s copy when she got it for Christmas. It is his best albums and one of the best pop albums of the 80’s. I could listen to it on a loop.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

I did not expect to enjoy George Michael as much as I did.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Unforgettable pop album. The one in which GM combines the commercial touch of Wham! with his artistic aspirations, which will be further developed in his later works. The mixture in here originates the almost perfect pop meets r&b album

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

I hadn't really listened to much George Michael music before this album. I like it. Upbeat, Smooth voice and suggestive lyrics are a winning combination.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

Actually very good album which has plenty of great songs. At first glance I knew that Faith was good and expected other songs to be OK at best. But it was actually very good.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
4

En ce mois de pride, notre generateur se met a la page en nous proposant ce bel album du très efféminé George Michael

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

Ahhh, George Michael.... I've heard that there's no such thing as bad publicity, however with songs titled 'Look at Your Hands', 'Hand to Mouth' and 'Hard Day', it's difficult to listen to this album without thinking about GM getting arrested for jerking off in that Beverly Hills park. Regardless, this is a great album and I think it's one of those that has only gotten better with time... and a little exposure. ;)

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Wed Dec 06 2023
4

Diverse sound with a distinctive glamour. Music from a man who has faith in himself.

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Thu Feb 01 2024
4

Huge start to his post-Wham era, great songwriting that still holds up today.

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Mon Feb 05 2024
4

Oh fuck yes!! This was such a sensation when it came out. So many good pop songs. Everyone my age knows every word to Faith. Still holds up. This bitch could sing. Father Figure is still weird. Once watched a carny play it for a 13yr old girl. She loved it. Following that track with I Want Your Sex was a choice. I miss this golden-voiced weirdo. Forgot how much of this record was played on the radio. It was everywhere. The whole sound is emphatically 1987. Hard to hate. His stuff was always fun to sing along with. Wish he was still making records.

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Thu Feb 15 2024
4

George should have just called this album Songs About Fuckin' A very appropriate album to get on Valentine's Day

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Wed Apr 10 2024
4

Another one assimilated into my chromosomes (local boy done good!). A quotidian delight throughout 1987-1988, which still slaps today. I retain my pre-teen discomfort with "I Want Your Sex", and it's obvious now how much he wanted to become Prince (and more than succeeded). Lots of bangers, although a bit more of-its-time than other favorites from the era, with some lyrics well over the "creepy" borderline; also, why is he smelling his armpit on the cover? However, I'll always have a soft spot for George, and for this - subject of the peak of my (very limited) TV career.

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Wed Apr 10 2024
4

Only got through this once due to being Ill as heck, but this cyberpop was edging into the top tier for a while until a late record slump into jazz pulled it down; even then, Michael’s vocal charisma carries it. Will return to.

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Tue May 25 2021
3

Opløftende upbeat, britisk pop, catchy, kærlighed

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Sat Jun 19 2021
3

Sympa mais ltrapeze est totalement à la traîne.

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Sun Mar 03 2024
3

I've always loved "Faith", the song, but two listens deep, I can't say I care for Faith, the album. The production is dated, and the themes range from sleazy to disturbing (what are these teachers and father figures up to?) The music often reminded me of what 90's boy bands would have produced had they hit the scene a decade earlier. It's just not for me. Still though, 3 stars for the title track alone!

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Fri Mar 15 2024
3

The front half of this one is great. I remember when the single for Faith was released and it was a massive hit. You can hear the strong Prince influence on the front half, which is probably why I like it. Then, the back half hits. Seems like they lost steam and ideas. Also, essentially 14 minutes of this thing is devoted to \"I Want Your Sex\". Catchy tune, but c'mon.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
2

George has got a nice voice, and there are some good arrangements here, especially in the back half. Overall, though, it's an unengaging experience. Thankfully, not in a boring way: Even after almost an hour I wasn't checking to see how much was left. But after the opening tracks, which come across as nothing more than a very lame attempt to shock the audience, I couldn't stop noticing the unimpressive writing. I don't think there's a case for this being offensively bad pop music, but it loses me on every other level.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

While the title track is undeniably dope, nothing else on here really held my attention. Sleazy style over content.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

I feel like I'm listening to a 90's boy band. Respect where respect is due, clearly George Michael's music influenced those acts, and I can objectively recognize this is good pop music, but I am in no way feeling this. It's not my music.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

Very '80s, very culturally important, but again not for me.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
2

George Michael is ok in small doses but this was way too much weird sexy 80s music.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
2

Super echo-y Great lyrics “Sex! Hu-ahh!”

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Wed Feb 28 2024
2

A little too dramatic, over-sexed, and not super intriguing album. I do have to say that George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” from later on in his career is an absolutely smashing song. Two stars for this album.

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Sat Jun 22 2024
2

Music to leave the movie theater to

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Thu Jan 14 2021
1

this album is not good. well, it's well produced, but the songs just suck. they're all products of their time, with little to no heart. so many songs are just "please have sex with me i want sex so bad please it's good please i'm a gentleman but i want sex" stupid dumb idiot album

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Tue May 18 2021
1

This album was hard to get to the end of, I can’t find a single redeeming quality here.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
1

I can see why this was a huge thing.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
1

I guess I'm not the right audience? I don't know, I feel like the songs just blended together to form an amalgamation of the want/need of love described in a way I didn't like. Don't get me wrong, I love "Careless Whisper" (who doesn't?) but this just felt flat to me. I can get past lyrics, but the song structures felt similar and uninspiring. "Kissing a Fool" was my favorite, it felt the most refreshing and fun out of the bunch, but my favorite list stops there. Other than one specific setting that we all know this would work well for, I don't know why you would listen to this doing anything else but that. Not my thing, but don't let me dissuade you from returning to this to help stoke a fire burning between you and someone you love.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
1

He seems “horny on the main” and it’s not a good look. Absolutely horrific.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
1

A bit gay.. Not that there's anything wrong with that

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Tue Oct 11 2022
1

I was already going to give this a 1 because I hated it so much, but the last song really put it over the top. Both “I want your sex” songs were so creepy.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
1

1 Late review because I definitely wasn't listening to this at the office and... wtf. I've never been much of George Michael fan, but goddamn this album is CREE-PY. I felt uncomfortable for the entire listening of Father Figure, and then if that wasn't bad enough, he decided to double down on the following track subtly titled I Want Your Sex. I probably shouldn't over-analyze something that's intended to be a serviceably danceable slice of '80s pop music, but goddamn this whole song is Michael trying to convince someone to have sex with him who clearly doesn't want to. "I'm not your brother I'm not your father Oh will you ever change your mind I'm a gentle lover with a heart of gold But baby you've been so unkind Come on I want your sex" And this isn't even the only questionable lyric... this about how every verse goes. When I wasn't completely unsettled, I was bored out of my skull listening to substance-devoid lyrics and unoriginal 80's pop beats. It sounds like he's trying to do a Michael Jackson thing on quite a few of these songs, but while equally as creepy, I'd take a Jackson album over this any day. Once you've had a chance to slog through the boring back half of this album, guess how Michael decided to close it out? Yep, that's right, with a reprise of I Want Your Sex. Ultimately, I just don't think this album has aged well at all. Make the argument all you want that I "had to be there" - you all should have realized this album was bad then, and I'm holding everyone alive in 1987 accountable.

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Sun Nov 05 2023
1

80’s music is literally the worst. I hate it. I hate George Michael, I hate Prince, I hate New Order, I hate Talking Heads, I hate Tears for Fears. For fucks sake! Please dear god give me something from any other decade! I was born in 1980. Thank god I wasn’t aware of popular music until about 1992. I got to hear Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Tool, Stone Temple Pilots, R.E.M. And do you know what? None of them wrote and performed fucking Father Figure!!!! This album is diarrhea for the ears. It’s so bad I am going to file a grievance against Carrie Underwood and the rock and roll hall of fame for including this abortion. I cannot stress to you enough how much I hate this self important, mewling, techno, whiny, grandiose, bullshit drivel. It is the antithesis of good music. Everyone who claims George Michael was some kind of musical genius and an influential artist should stop right now and listen to Monkey. Fuck you.

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Thu Feb 01 2024
1

Well I guess it's at least better than showing your pecker to an undercover cop in a public washroom.

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Wed Apr 03 2024
1

[interior: The 23rd Annual Lizard Person Convention. New Port Richey, Florida, USA 1986] Supreme Leader of the Lizard People: “Greetings and welcome to the 23rd annual Lizard Person convention. It’s wonderful to be here in New Port Richey…how about that humidity? Hot enough out there for ya?” [audience groans] “Hehe…of course not…we’re all cold blooded here…Well, we’ve got a lot of activities planned for this weekend, including some stand-up comedy, featuring yours truly, tomorrow night at the lounge, but before the fun and games can begin we have some very important business to discuss… [the supreme leader’s voice takes on a more ominous tone] Our efforts to assimilate humanity, of late, have not gone well. An abject failure, if I am being honest. We need to do a better job. We need fresh ideas…We need to entice them, distract them so we can strike when it’s least expected. In that spirit, I’ve asked my advisors to devise plans to help us better influence the average, unsuspecting human and distract them from our plans. Let’s see… [The Supreme Leader scans the table where his advisors sit, eventually zeroing in one] You! What is your plan?” [one of his advisors, The Minister of Lizard Person Arts stands up and walks towards a microphone at the center of the convention hall] The Minister of Lizard Person Arts: “Greetings, Sir. As you know, we achieved moderate assimilation success a few years ago in the realm of human music with the hit song “The Safety Dance”. I suggest that we once again attempt to assimilate humanity through one of their most beloved art forms…music!” Supreme Leader of the Lizard People: “Ah yes, “The Safety Dance”! What a wonderful song! It was quite a success wasn’t it?” The Minister of Lizard Person Arts: “Verily, sir and I am happy to report that our songwriting technology, though still somewhat rudimentary, has improved tenfold in the intervening years. We may even be able to craft an entire album with multiple hits to assist in our conquest!” Supreme Leader of the Lizard People: “Wonderful news! However, I am concerned about the lyrical content of any future attempts. ‘The Safety Dance’ was a bit…obtuse. We need lyrics that are a bit more relatable to the humans, so I’d like to turn to our attendees for suggestions. After all, you are the ones down in the trenches, interacting with the humans on a daily basis. What should these songs be about? What do the humans talk about, what do they like?” Lizard Person # 1 [shouting from the crowd]: “Sex! It’s all they talk about!” Supreme Leader of the Lizard People: “Excellent! We will appeal to their carnal desires. What else do they like?” Lizard Person # 2 [also shouting from the crowd]: “Religion! My neighbor, every weekend, it’s all he talks about…’Jesus this and Jesus that’…I get it already.” Supreme Leader of the Lizard People: “Wonderfully insidious! We will taint their beloved religion with overt sexuality. We will create an album’s worth of highly sexual music and infuse it religious overtones. Then, using a shell corporation, we will pay our contacts in the recording industry to have a human sing these songs, so as to give them appearance of genuine humanity! This will surely cause controversy and distraction among the humans! What say you, fellow Lizard People? Is it decided?” The entire audience, in unison: “IT IS DECIDED” [end scene] (This might be the dumbest thing I ever wrote.)

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Mon Jun 10 2024
1

"Why do I have to share my baby with a monkey?" Was George ever spotted at Neverland Ranch?

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

Fedt album og lækker 80er lyd. Mange numre holder stadigvæk

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Fri Jun 11 2021
5

Damn. I forgot how great this album is. The first album I ever purchased, as well.

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Sat May 01 2021
5

El tipo de algún que me gusta todito. Obviamente todo el sonido ochentero y pues a riesgo de decir una babosada: michaeljacksonesco. Hace mucho no escuchaba el hitazo "Faith". Hasta las baladas me gustaron, la voz de GM es virtuosa pa'l pop. Mis canciones fav fueron ambas partes de "I Want Your Sex" y "Monkey", grandes beats. En fin, fan. 10/10.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

Jeugdsentiment, maar ook echt een fantastische plaat!

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Sat May 01 2021
5

George Michael tiene una forma muy particular de ponerme de buenas. Me parece un disco bien producido, con canciones pegajosas y que yo describiría como sensualonas.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
5

Really enjoyed it. Will listen again soon

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Sat Jun 05 2021
5

Can't go hating on George Michael

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Tue Sep 07 2021
5

Pretty much every song on this album is a classic.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

80s pop nostalgia - ain’t it grand?

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Wed Oct 13 2021
5

Couple of dud tracks but an otherwise crucial album

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Great album. "One More Try" is one of my favorites.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

Totally not my style of music. But you cannot help but smile when listening to this. So full of passion and is just beautiful. And it does have some classic songs on it. A-

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

As a debut solo album entirely written and produced by Michael, this is quite the post-Wham! statement. Characterised by catchy melodies, lyrics with something to say, and funky bass, this is a brilliant soulful pop album. The opening three tracks of Faith/Father Figure/I Want Your Sex set the tone and the standard never substantially dips. The two ballads (One More Try/Kissing a Fool) come a good times providing breaks from the funkiness and allow Michael's beautiful vocal to wash over you. 4.5/5

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Tue May 24 2022
5

ive listened to it before. i mean its george michael.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

Faith was the first time I'd ever liked a George Michael song, but the remaining songs left me cold. At the time I was a pub rock devotee with a dislike for anything that had a dance or electronic bent. How my tastes have changed. Anything with a bit of funk lures me in and this album oozes funk. Yesterday's album was that batshit crazy "There's a Riot Going On," which is the godfather of '70s funk. This is its sexy nephew.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

No era yo muy fan de George Michael. Pero se merece un 5.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Faith capolavoro, bellissima anche Father figure. Un album molto vario e interessante.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
5

George Michael really just can’t do anything wrong in my eyes. I guess I’m just biased.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
5

10/10 I love the way George Michael makes everything sound so fun and engaging a very talented soul :)

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

top notch album that was somewhat controversial when it came out due to its lyrics

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

So many great tracks on this. Definitely his finest album in my opinion.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

Sexy album by one of the best pop stars in history.

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

A pop classic of it’s time- not For me , but I recall a lot of my friends loved this album.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

Listened Before? Y Oh yes!!! This album was iconic in the late 80s! Everyone was all up in arms about "I Want Your Sex", and now we've got WAP. You can't stop music. And you can't ignore the fact that this album is just literally banger after banger top to bottom. One of the greatest pop albums of all time? Certainly one of the best I've ever heard. He was a special talent. Added to Library? Y Songs added to playlist: I Want Your Sex, Father Figure

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

banger after banger, fucking amazing

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Sun Nov 27 2022
5

It's easy to look back now and dismiss but this was and still is an incredible achievement. There's a few weaker tracks but this album contains some real outstanding music that was very successful. And yes, godammit I enjoyed listening to them!

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Fri Dec 09 2022
5

Apologies, I ADORE this album. Actually, no apologies. I didn't actually own a copy until last year. Back in '87 and early '88 and it was everywhere in my world. You couldn't escape it. Not that I wanted to. The songwriting and production is perfect pop for me. Yes, Georgie is trying to grow up. He lays down a marker for this on tracks like Kissing a Fool and Father Figure. But the fun is still there on I Want Your Sex. Ewww. This actually seemed radical at the time. He's a great artist, and this is his peak. Spin on that, MUTHAS.

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Tue Jan 03 2023
5

Own it on vinyl. Love his voice!

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Thu Mar 02 2023
5

Front end loaded with hits, other songs are very cool. It’s a great record!

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Fri Apr 07 2023
5

I love this album so much, it’s one of my favourites of all time. George’s vocals are beautiful.

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Mon May 08 2023
5

Fun album! My cat Pip especially loved Faith :)

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