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Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1

George Michael

1990

Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1

Album Summary

Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 is the second solo studio album by the English singer-songwriter George Michael, released on 3 September 1990 by Columbia Records (Epic Records in the UK). The album was Michael's final album of all-new material on Columbia until 2004's Patience. Listen Without Prejudice was a stark departure from Michael's previous album, 1987's Faith, with largely acoustic instrumentation and a sombre intensity in many of the lyrics and melodies. While the album topped the UK Albums Chart, disappointing sales in the United States led to Michael's legal battles against Sony Music, in which he accused the corporation of not fully supporting him as an artist.Listen Without Prejudice was reissued across a number of formats on 20 October 2017 and again topped the UK Albums Chart, 27 years after it first reached number one on the chart.

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Rating

3.12

Votes

5014

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

George Michael peut se vanter de porter à bout de bras ce courant musical qu'est l'homosexual pop. L'album est une réussite de bout en bout. L'intro nous fait entrer dans un univers très riche, très marquée par une attirance envers la gente masculine. On slalome entre les pistes tel George Michael entre les passants sur son char lors des marches de fierté. L'album se conclue sur un coming out explosif. En bref, on en redemande.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

Une homosexualité debordante de la part de notre ami George Michael, qui reprend tous les codes de la homosexual pop, très chère à notre ami robbière. En effet, ce genre musical porté par George Michael et Ricki Martins, n'a plus rien à prouver, et vient recolter un nouveau 4/5. Bien dommage donc de ne pas voir ce genre figurer dans le classement des genres du générateur. Un manque d'ouverture d'esprit peut-être? Je vous tiendrais au courant dès que j'en saurai un peu plus sur les motivations réelles de Robert.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

A mature statement from one of the great mainstream pop artists shooting for eternal air play on Smooth FM, and the album that made it OK for me as a red blooded and masculine male to like George Michael.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
5

George Michael’s hits were an ever present constant in the 80’s and 90’s, but other than Faith, which sold 25 million copies, I hadn’t thought about his work in terms of albums. One day last year I heard his duet with Elton John for the bazillionth time and started to think about Michael’s talent. So I sat there and listened to Faith again and then to his entire solo discography and was blown away by his musical range and depth of feeling. A truly great artist and this album is worth absorbing every track.

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Mon Oct 12 2020
2

One good song. Freedom! ‘90

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Thu May 20 2021
5

Classic. More ballads than I remember. Gifted writer, composer and voice.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
5

Somber. Honestly, I was expecting more soaring vocals but it feels like he was trying to be restrained so as not to be one-dimensional. That's not to say his incredible vocals aren't on display but it's not like a Celine Dion album where every song is rising to a climax. Sometimes it's just even, intense vocals throughout a song. You've got to respect his decision to put his vocals and lyrics front and center. I guess with vocals like his that's an easy choice. I think his lyrics got better over time - he hadn't quite found it yet. But you can see the potential in Mother's Pride, Cowboys and Angels, and Praying for Time. Soul Free was a disappointment - like the record producers got their way with a track. Too cheesy. Fortunately Waiting takes it out on a big high note. From a pure enjoyment perspective I probably give the album a 4. But from a concept perspective and what he was trying to accomplish and the raw emotion, it's a 5.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

I took your advice, George Michael, and you know what? This shit slaps. Best track: Freedom! '90

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Fri May 21 2021
5

Freedom is just one of those songs that you hear once and can never get out of your head. Phenomenal album from George Michael. A super strong album.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

So very different to Faith or his work with Wham, this album is the pinnacle of George Michael's career. Even to a casual listener and not a super fan like my wife, it is hard to deny that this is pop perfection

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

When I listen to George Michael a couple of things cross my mind (and my heart). One, I just feel joy in everything he does, he was so very, very good. Everything he created was a gift. But now I also feel a sadness for the way we lost him, essentially to his fame. One thing is for sure, pop music probably would have taken a different trajectory without George Michael. There's a depth and maturity to some of his work that pop music is just starting to come back around to, after so many frivolous years. Listen Without Prejudice is not a perfect album. But it stands out so starkly from pop music of the 80s, from everything Michael had made up to that point. It's smart, seriously crafted pop that really cracked open the possibilities in 1990 of what a pop album could or should be. Another reviewer commented that the album essentially kicked off pop for the 90s, which is so true. The arrangements are more sophisticated, the lyrics are deeper, this is music for grown ass adults, not the teenagers who listened to Wham! in the 80s. That's not to say the album doesn't have fun, because that’s in there too. Maybe not as much fun as Faith, but that would be a hard one to top. There's another vibe at work here, one of introspection, one of growth. I can't think of a better opener than "Praying for Time." It has this lush, atmospheric arrangement that just pulls you in. Michael's vocal is so silky, so infectious, so gorgeous. I want to hear it forever. “Freedom '90” is damn catchy, a perfect pop song. It’s smooth, funky, more than a little angry. I have special fondness for it knowing it really is George Michael's declaration of independence from his image and our expectations of him. Being frank about the costs of stardom made Michael a far better artist. As I listen now, the album is a touch more dated than I expected it to be. But seriously, who cares? Pop music is specifically a time sensitive genre, but excellent is excellent. In that sense, Listen Without Prejudice is timeless. Fave Songs: Freedom! '90, They Won't Go When I Go, Praying for Time, Soul Free, Cowboys and Angels

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

An album that pulled pop music out of its 80s malaise to kick off the 90s in style - hip hop beats, r&b and gospel influences, supermodels in the video and George Michael’s powerful, soulful voice (the greatest pop singer of his era?). Freedom 90 is a perfect pop record (and what a singalong) and the ballads have real staying power. You feel George Michael is starting to be the artist he wants to be, getting ever more comfortable writing confessional (perhaps?), personal lyrics. A significant improvement on Faith, which also appears on this list, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 (is there a more pretentious album title - vol.1 indeed?!?! - I love it!) fully deserves its place on this list.

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Thu Oct 22 2020
2

Other than 'Freedom 90' the rest of the album is kinda repetitive and slow

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Thu Mar 11 2021
2

Freedom is awesome, but the rest of it is weak boring sauce.

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Tue May 11 2021
2

I was ready to write this one off based just on the artist's clownish pose on the cover and goofy shades, but I reread the album title and promised myself that I would give it a fair shake. Thankfully, the music is just as clownish. The music is well-produced but takes itself much too seriously while saying nothing important.

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Wed May 19 2021
2

All a bit cheesy, like a mega Glee choir. I liked a few but nothing amazing

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

A few good songs, but overall a little schmaltzy for me. I'd give it a few more listens to see if it grows on me.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

It's not bad, but extremely dull and forgettable in most places

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

it sounded okay i guess but i couldnt get into it or connect with it at all.. felt nothing throughout.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
2

No idea why this one should deserve a spot on this list. Certainly one of the most unremarkable albums we've listened to so far. Boring songs, adequate execution, subpar production. I did like Soul Free, the only track that stood out to me.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
2

yeah prejudice isn't why i don't like this, it's just boring as fuck George

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Tue Jun 21 2022
2

They try to be all inspirational, but it just comes off as insincere.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
2

Not for me. Accessible but a bit too sappy. Favorite: Freedom! '90

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Fri Aug 26 2022
2

If there's one thing I'm not interested in it's generic pop albums from the past

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Wed Oct 13 2021
1

Boy this is a boring album. Like... inoffensive soft-pop that very very quickly faded into background at the dentist office pap for me.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
1

I listened without prejudice, but still thought it was shit. Sorry George lad.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
1

I tried to listen without prejudice but it really was shit. Clearly he was trying to be taken seriously as an artist but there's no substance just pretension added to basic ballads

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Mon Apr 04 2022
1

Can't believe I listened to this whole thing. That will not happen again.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
5

An incredible album, power ballads and pop perfection. Standout Tracks: Praying for Time, They Won't Go When I Go, Something to Save, Cowboys and Angels, Mothers Pride

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Really amazing album, loved it!!!

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Fri May 21 2021
5

Nunca pensé que un disco que prácticamente contiene puras baladas me gustara tanto. Lo escuché sin prejuicio como dice y me encantó.

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Mon May 03 2021
5

The best

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Sat Jul 03 2021
5

damn good. most of his best songs come from this one.

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Sun Aug 08 2021
5

Geez this album slaps.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

Yndislegt albúm. Svo fáránlega góð túlkun á öllum lögum. Elsk <3

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Tue Oct 12 2021
5

love it

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

Had to give this a 5. I could try to be nitpicky with a couple of songs I didn't enjoy as much as the rest, but that would be wrong as they were both still good (Heal The Pain and Soul Free). There is a nice balance of ballads interjected with some dance and folk numbers. George Michael's vocals are out of this world too. Thankfully this album also doesn't feature much of the 80s sax. Favourite songs are Cowboys and Angels, Freedom!90 and Praying For Time.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

Never heard the entire album. What a gorgeous piece of work. Loved "Praying for Time". Added without prejudice.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
5

I love this album and am very happy to see it recognized on this list. “Praying for Time” is one of my favorite songs of the 90’s. It’s a sober song that is as relevant today as it was then. What surprised me when I first listened to this back in 1990 was how serious most of the songs on this album were. The cover of Stevie Wonder’s “They Won’t Go When I Go” is closer to the overall tone of this album than “Freedom! ‘90”. I remember being surprised at this. And even the really fun, dance-y “Freedom! ‘90” has some pretty cynical lyrics. “Waiting for That Day” is a really nice track with its organ background. I love the groove of this song. Other highlights on this album for me are “Something to Save,” “Cowboys and Angels” (a great waltz!), “Heal the Pain” (great song - one of the more optimistic tracks!), and “Soul Free.” I also love “Waiting (Reprise)” which is a lovely closing to the album. I hadn’t listened to any of the extra discs from the 2017 reissue (Listen Without Prejudice / MTV Unplugged). I’m glad I did this time. The MTV Unplugged performance is pretty incredible and made me sad that George Michael left us too soon. The unplugged “Freedom! ‘90” rivals the original as do many of the other tracks, and you hear a lot off the other albums as well as some cool covers like “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” It’s a really nice listen. Still I’ll keep my ranking focused on the original release… George Michael died 5 years 1 week ago and I had not really revisited his music since then. I’m glad this provided me the kick I needed to check out the re-issue and get this back into the rotation because it is a really great album.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
5

I love this album, although I became most familiar with it years after its release. There are a couple of dance-tracks, but for the most part it is a serious album. The melodies really draw me in and make me want to listen over and over.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
5

It's always fun to be pleasantly surprised, but I should have taken the advice of the album title. When I read it was a move away from George Michael's dance music, I imagined something boring. I ended up loving it. I will steal the comment of a contemporary critic and say that this felt "personal, not commercial." I really felt connected to it and loved its sound. "Freedom! '90" is the song I well remember and always liked, but I liked digging into it a bit deeper and listening to its lyrics about the emotional consequences of his fame. "Cowboys and Angels" is a lovely heartfelt waltz with a saxophone solo. I enjoyed the seamless transition to the Rolling Stones in "Waiting for that Day." And the rest! I liked all the songs on this. It was perfect music for the day.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Me encantó. Me transmitió mucha paz su voz, las letras me encantaron, realmente me pareció un proyecto muy coherente.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Loved it!

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

this was actually a really good album, I’ll give it a 9/10 I only really knew George Michael from Careless Whisper and the jokes on Arrested Development so hearing this album was actually a really nice surprise

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

Great album. Is it George Michael's best? I personally think Patience is his best, but that one doesn't have Freedom! '90 and that's a JAM. The rest of the album is noticeably more subdued, but Michael executes this perfectly. During listening yesterday it was Mother's Pride that really struck me, which unfortunately remains topical as ever.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

What a lucky week: Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, and now George Michael. This album is great from start to finish. Happy songs and sad songs. All so beautiful; his voice makes you melt.

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Tue Mar 08 2022
5

Awesome

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

Incredible

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Thu Mar 31 2022
5

First album I bought for myself on CD. So much gold here!

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

10/10

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Sun Jun 19 2022
5

Ik ben echt groot fan van George Michael. Dit is wat mij betreft zijn magnum opus en staat bij mij zeer hoog in mijn lijst van beste albums. Dus zonder moeite 5 sterren.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
5

Listened to this over a couple breakups growing up. Good stuff.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

Very impressed by this. Lyrically introspective, with some pieces of pop and wonderfully crafted ballads sung with deep emotion. Though Cowboys & Angels overstays its welcome, there are amazing nuggets all the way through from Praying for Time all the way to Waiting.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

The video for a song, Freedom, shouldn't define an album. The song itself was brilliant, but the video with all the supermodels, and how they knew all the words to the song, took it over the top. The destruction of all the iconic items from the Faith video reinforced what this album was all about. It's such a change from his earlier release. Crazy.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

First George Michael album. The only George I am familiar with would be Faith and Careless Whisper, and now Freedom (in hindsight). I had no real expectations going into this one, however I finished it pleasantly surprised. I was afraid it would consist of boring pop songs with a lack of depth and meaning, but it was quite the opposite. I felt like every song on the LP had thought and intention put into it. I suppose the fact that George produced and arranged every song helps with that. The general atmosphere of the album is one that I can appreciate. I'll certainly have to visit his discography again.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

ea ea

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Beautiful soulful voice. Honest

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

Very good

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

Super great album. So relaxing and so good. Just mesmerizing and makes me feel euphoric and calm.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
5

Beautiful album, beter dan i expected…

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Tue Sep 29 2020
4

A lot of stylistic variety. I really enjoyed the first portion of the album especially.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

Always had respect for George Michael for his musical talent and amazing voice. Loved the album for it's feel and power

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Really good album! To be fair, I'm a George Michael fan. Even so, I don't think I'd ever heard anything from this album but the hits. Very glad this one came up, even though I think I still enjoy "Faith" more. 4 stars!

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Far more enjoyable than I had thought. Nice tunes.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

refreshing.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
4

For the genre and era, gold.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
4

I liked this one.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Great album, and incredibly diverse in sound. Have loved “Praying for Time” and “Freedom ‘90” since I was a kid, and loved “Waiting for That Day” and “Heal the Pain”

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

Der Wechsel ins „ernsthafte“ Fach tat ihm gut, Emanzipation beflügelte zur Auseinandersetzung mit dem projizierten wie auch dem Selbstbild. Und darüber möchte George nun reden, ein drängendes Anliegen schlägt seine Bahn. Der Kurs ist klar, poliert, geht Richtung dunkel lackierten Holz, Leder, indirektem Licht. Barsound eben und doch auch intim, nichts ist Retro sondern stilsicher ausgewählt. Musik als Einrichtungsgegenstand mit viel persönlicher, gestalterischer Note, die am deutlichsten in den Texten durchkommt. Dass es keine Dancefloor orientierte Vol. II mehr gegen hat, verleiht dem Bemühen um gereifte Wahrnehmung eine tragische Note. Kitsch oder großes Können ist die Schneide, auf der auch Größenwahnsinnige wie Queen und Prefab Sprout regelmäßig tanz(t)en und ich rechne George Michael an, es auf diesem Parkett versucht und besser geschafft zu haben, als Kritik und Sales es wiedergeben. Überraschte 3.7

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

El típic disc madur després d'un èxit tan apoteòsic com "Faith". Encara hi ha petites espurnes de genialitat pop com 'Praying for Time' o 'Freedom' 90', però la major part del minutatge evoluciona i redunda en els tocs jazzístics de l'anterior, aquí protagonistes. Es fa sentir tot, però, de forma natural i honesta; i continuen havent-hi uns quants temes molt destacats

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Maybe one too many ballads but overall a great listen and he sounds amazing as ever

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

I never listened to the whole album before, but George Michael is excellent.

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Mon May 17 2021
4

Now we're talking. A proper album l. Spoiled only by Freedom 90

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Fri Jul 02 2021
4

Really taken aback by how much I enjoyed this. It's been a long time since I've been impressed solely by someone's vocally quality, but dang, Michael has such a nice timbre despite its cheesiness. Immediately went to Discogs to pick this one up.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Enjoyable! Easy to listen to

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Thu Jul 29 2021
4

Engrossing, varied, more serious than his other work, better than I was expecting

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

Very good! Did not expect to like this as much as i did, very varied pop album.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

I was pleasantly surprised by this album. I'm not a big pop fan, but I felt the songwriting and production quality were excellent. I also understand why a lot of people wanted to see him as the new singer for Queen - there were so many moments he sounded like Freddie. Solid 4.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

This album was really good. I'm sad to admit that back in my serious prog-snob I days I dismissed George Michael without every giving him a chance. I regret that now and this album is going to send me down that rabbithole to check out more of his solo albums and Wham!

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this album. George Michael's vocals really stood out, and the seriousness in tone worked for all the songs. I had read some critics who scoffed saying he was overdoing it: "oh, look I'm serious now," but I did not get that at all. Of course, there is the Freedom90 song which we have all heard, but the other songs on the album were just as good to me.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

hmm i could listen to some songs when having sex!

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Thu Aug 19 2021
4

Reminds me of Songs in the Key of Life in the switch between styles and the particular selection of styles.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Great album, great artist. I enjoyed each track. 4.4

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

This was actually pretty good

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Sun Nov 21 2021
4

White boy soul at it's best from the lad from Wham! Classic tracks are "Freedom" (Obviously) "Praying For Time" "Mothers Pride" and "Heal the Pain" plaintive calls for understanding. Georges ability to hit the heights both lyrically and vocally on show here. Much missed artist I think.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Bra album! Visar verkligen George Michaels talang för låtskrivande.

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Sun Jan 02 2022
4

I've always disliked the title of this album. It feels like a set-up --- if you don't like the record, it's because of your prejudices. Well...to this "little hungry schoolgirl" who loved Wham! and Faith, this album _was_ disappointing at the time. I like it more now than I did in 1990. I count Praying for Time and Freedom! '90 among my favorite songs. I also really like Waiting for That Day and Heal the Pain. While I can appreciate Michael's need for more respect as a song-writer and the state of his personal life at the time, this album seems overly serious. I would have liked a bit more fun and a bit less scolding. This album is nevertheless very very good.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

I was actually surprised at how much I enjoyed this, as I'm disinclined to like pop music that was done after about 1980. (It's not a fair prejudice). He puts out a lot of energy in this music.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

"Freedom" is def the biggest hit on the album. Nice album to listen to, to be honest. 7/10.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

bem gostozinhas as musicas tem até uma bem famosas como "Freedom" bem anos 90

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Sat Jan 29 2022
4

Such a crisp voice on George Michael - it's one I've heard thousands of times in my life, but I'd never listened to an entire album cover to cover. I appreciate the vocal talent that is conveyed on this album.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Очень хорошо. 4+

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

So much VERRRRRB

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

hard to go wrong with George Michael.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Smooth

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Allt að gerast í retrospectioninni, var orðinn "of töff" fyrir þetta árið 1990, en kann aftur að meta George Michael í miðöldruninni. Flott plata sko.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Freedom 90

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Better than expected, varied styles, surprisingly heartfelt but also danceable in places, a surprise hit for me

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

Naziv albuma je sve rekao. Njega nisam nikad slušao, niti sam imao neku želju, iskreno. Međutim, ovaj album me je razuvjerio i volim kad me nešta ovako iznenadi. Jako mi se sviđa album, znaš kakva je ovo četvorka? E pa jebeno čvrsta! Upravo gledam, on je umro, na Božić '16. Zaboravio sam, uglavnom hvala George na ovom albumu. P.S. nek se držve ovog covera, a ne drugog što je na spotifaju (da je taj bio pravi cover, ne bi ga ni upalio iskreno). *četiri puta preslušao*

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

This shit slaps

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Listened before ? N Great album! Reminds me of my childhood. Pros: This dude's voice was pure magic. This album was enjoyable from beginning to end. Freedom is a timeless classic. Oh, and also he's a gay icon to boot! Cons: not much to dislike here. Added to Library? Y

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Sat Mar 19 2022
4

þetta er GEGGJAÐ

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

Love this album. 4/5

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

Ha un che dei queen, però più anni ottanta, è divertente.

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Wed Apr 06 2022
4

Decent album, for sure dragged up by Freedom '90, which remains a classic.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

Probably a 3.5 but rounding up. Better than I thought.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

I was surprised by his much I enjoyed this album. George Michael had a hell of a voice and his level of vocal control is very well developed. The music itself was fairly basic late 80s early 90s pop, but his voice is able to give a huge depth of emotion and energy to the songs. It’s four stars on the voice alone.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Very enjoyable

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

I see why the record label didn't really know how to promote this, but it's stood the test of time very well.

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Sat Apr 30 2022
4

A few too many ballads, but the fast songs slap, especially "Freedom '90", which might be better than any song on "Faith". If George Michael really wanted to be taken seriously, he should have sought a career outside of pop music. Instead he seemed laser-focused on distancing himself from Andrew Ridgeley and Wham! and all "I Want Your Sex". I for one love Wham! and "Faith". I just wish George Michael did, too.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

'Freedom! '90' bellissima, anche 'Waiting for the day', però manca un po' il quid che renderebbe l'album un capolavoro.

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Sat Jun 04 2022
4

This album had a bit of a lull in the middle, but damn the bookends are incredible.

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Sat Jun 04 2022
4

This took me back. To days before Spotify where you would hear a track on the radio or a friend would put this on the turntable and you'd say "Oh is this the new George Michael album?". I can now listen back to it and enjoy the tracks but at the time they were bound up with the late 80's and the stigma of sexuality and 'post-Wham'. There are some really good tracks on this album- smooth and introspective. It's very 80's with some of the tricks of the trade you got then (back-beats and echo).

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Listened to on 6/9/22 Favorite song: Waiting, Freedom Absolutely bop of an album - so fun and easy to listen to and George Michael is beyond talented

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Not my most favourite tracks but a good album nevertheless. 4*

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

Ik heb een zwak voor George Michael. Hou nog meer van zijn eerdere wat 'stoerdere' werk, maar dit album is toch ook wel een gooi richting een perfect popalbum. Heel divers qua stijlen. En die stem is echt altijd fantastisch!

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

Ludzie czasem z politowaniem patrzą na George'a Michaela, a prawda jest taka, że on wypuszczal naprawdę solidne albumiki. Nie jest to groundbreaking, ale szło się wczuć i przyjemne melodie i kompozycja instrumentów.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

Jestem pozytywnie zaskoczony, może nie jest to odkrycie roku, ale słuchało się całkiem przyjemnie. "Freedom! '90" to klasa sama w sobie.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

Freeeeeedooooom, freeeeedooooom! A fun record. Great voice, pleasant compositions. Not entirely my jam, but it was a highly entertaining album. I now understand what the fuss about George Micheal was for the previous generations. Highlight (cliche): Freedom! '90

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

7/4/2022 - ALBUM #158 Today's Album: "Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1" by George Michael - The opening track, Praying for Time, does a great job of welcoming the listener into this diverse collection of dramatic pop songs. Themes of human injustice, especially when it comes to money, are discussed with such great weight, and although the mix on this song in particular feels a little bit washed out, it still has such an impact due to some very strong lyricism and singing. The next track, Freedom! '90, takes things in a much more uplifting direction, with a playful piano line and shaking tambourines laying out a really playful musical base for a very strong and slightly cynical vocal performance from Michael. It's a song I've heard all over different movie soundtracks and that I imagine was overplayed to all hell in the 90s, but I have to say it's still a banger. The energy absolutely takes a nosedive with They Won't Go When I Go, where a solo, sorrowful piano backs a vocal performance that sounds much more like a poem recital than anything else. I think the song captures this really pained feeling of betrayal and fits with many songs on this record, but what he was thinking putting this song directly after the last I may never know. The next track, Something To Save brightens things up a lot and could have been a much better way of transitioning between those two tracks. Anyways, the album carries on with a pretty solid collection of tracks. Cowboys and Angels is a sort of low-key jazz ballad, Waiting for That Day is a particularly catchy and upbeat track and I love the vinyl production filter placed overtop, and Heal the Pain is a really lovely acoustic track with a peaceful groove to it that makes me want to float away on a beach. Soul Free strips things back for this pretty great instrumental break and it really feels like this song is emblematic of the range of songs you get out of this album. I don't think every song is a total home run, but the shift in song style from track to track is pretty refreshing and gives the album a lot of depth. The last track Waiting is a really nice closer for the album, with the vocal performance and lyrics feeling as grand and full of depth as the first song, but the laid back acoustic guitar and hopeful atmosphere of the song give it a much more hopeful tone. Overall, this is a pretty dang good album, with a lot of memorable moments and as previously mentioned, a lot of variety to the track list that give it a lot of re-listenability. Give this one a listen if you want a contemplative, but uplifting batch of memorable gospel-pop(?) tracks. Highlights: Praying for Time, Freedom! '90, Something to Save, Waiting for That Day, Heal the Pain, Waiting Score: 7.5/10 A strong batch of tracks from a 90s pop king

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

I was prepared to not like this album, for unknown reasons. I grew up with Wham! and George Michael was everywhere as I made my way through high school. As my own musical tastes grew, his music fell off my radar, with the exception of Freedom 90, which will forever be a top-tier track. This album pleasantly surprised me. It’s not music I’ll reach for (except Freedom) ever, but it’s not bad.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

A motto I try and follow on this 1001 albums journey, and it's hard not to listen to this without prejudice - of the positive kind. It's a great album, including one of George Michael's signature tracks - Freedom! 90. What's not to love?

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Has its moments

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

i quite liked this album! there are quite a few tender songs here. i mean, "cowboys and angels" emotionally destroyed me. "praying for time" and "mother's pride" deal with tough subjects, but george michael handles them so well. he approaches the topics with sensitivity and care. he doesn't shy away from heart-wrenching lyrics. while i very much enjoy wham!'s poppy fun, what george michael does here is so beautiful, meaningful, and important. i found myself admiring his lyrics. every line seems to be purposeful. his voice is so well suited to these emotional songs, too. there's something magical about "freedom! '90". i enjoyed taking the time to learn about this particular song and its personal significance to michael. too often on this list, an album containing a hugely popular song will fall flat, except for that big hit. the rest of listen without prejudice vol. 1 carries itself well. i'm looking forward to listening to this album more in the future!

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

Great album by George Michael. Some surprisingly good slow jazzy stuff in there. Solid album.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

Be still my heart … the vocals … wow

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Mon Aug 22 2022
4

Good album, nothing that really sticks out for me though

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

I listened with an open mind and really enjoyed this.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Nog wel Sava ofzo maar wel heeeeel disco

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

I was surprised to have liked this so much

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Sat Sep 03 2022
4

Didn’t go in with that many expectations. I figured this album would be unimpressive. But I really enjoyed it. Especially the first song. I just zoned out to the sound of his voice on my night drive.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Did not know what to expect, but it was really enjoyable. I get why George Michael is such a big name.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Favourite track(s): Freedom! '90; They Won't Go When I Go; Something to Save I do appreciate when you can tell the individual tracks of an album apart - which is the case here, even if the sound is generally coherent. Funny how the George Michael Formula seems to result in few mainstream bangers (Freedom! '90, obviously) but can be heard in other songs (Soul Free) as well. Still, They Won't Go When I Go and Something To Save seem to deviate from the Formula but have stayed with me the longest. I only deduct one star because the other tracks could not grab me immediately and I might be inclined to skip them on repeated listens.

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

Enjoyed. Not my favorite George Michael album but still enjoyed.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

strong 3, light 4

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

This album’s a real grower. During my first listen I can’t say it stuck out as a particularly outstanding album, and the early 90s production didn’t do much for me. However, a second listen completely changed my perspective and gave me a totally newfound appreciation of George Michael as both a lyricist and songwriter. The anthemic “Freedom ‘90” is a a stellar hit single, but its defiant mood of liberation isn’t especially prevalent throughout the rest of the album, which is a well-documented laidback affair. That being said, it also contains one of my favourite lyrics on the album which I’d never picked up on before: “All we’ve got to do/ Is take these lies and make them true somehow”. That’s not the only instance where I was taken aback by the subtlety and complexity of Michael’s songwriting. With the exception of the hit single, there’s nothing quite as immediately hooky on this record as on Faith. But that’s certainly not a bad thing, and Listen Without Prejudice is a far more rewarding listen if you’re able to embrace the title’s injunction. Great stuff!

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would :)

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Would definitely listen to this again.

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

catchy

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

4.0

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Mon May 03 2021
3

No prejudice activated. I liked it, guess he really carried Wham! huh

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Dude could sing!

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Thu May 27 2021
3

After my first half listen this review was going to be pretty hash, but a second spin I warmed to it a little. I had to listen to the wham version of Freedom to get that it wasn’t just a cover of his own song. Still not a fan but an easy enough listen.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Because I gotta have faith.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Love george's hits but not enough hits here

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

I liked it, didn't love it. Not my scene really, but there's nothing wrong with this album. George Michael definitely has a great voice.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
3

What a voice.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
3

Freedom of course, but a few other surprising tunes on here. I'd listen again, in 4 months maybe.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Better than the 80s album earlier. I think he is good singer, but he was searching to find the right way to express himself. One track (Waiting for that Day) stood out as being a pretty good song, the Freedom! '90 is better than average, but the rest of the album was pretty average to me.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Started off great but a bit too slow for my taste

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Pues sí escuché sin prejuicios, pero medio meh. Creo que tenía altas expectativas porque el anterior de George Michael que tocó sí lo disfruté mucho. Acá de repente hay canciones desangeladas. Claro, "Freedom! '90" sí la ubicaba y me parece buena, rescato "Cowboys and Angels". "Heal the Pain" de pronto me parece que desentona con todo lo demás, que es sobre todo baladitas medio aburridonas. Lo que sí me gustó es que el disco termine con un grito de G. Michael. En fin, reitero: medio meh. 6/10

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Highlights: Praying for Time, Waiting Lowlight: Freedom! '90 Some genre-bending music here, but I've never been a fan of Freedom! '90. Praying for Time is probably the strongest track here, that really gets inside your head and makes you think. Everything else is pretty standard fare, not exceptional but competently executed.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

Album nie vorher gehört, die Single ist ja ein roter Hering. Für die und "They won't go..." wil ich eigentlich 5 Sterne geben, da ist auch noch mehr Schönes drauf, aber wieder lande ich beim Sound, der für mich nicht passt. In der Produktion ist es nämlich wieder um Totalpop, und das geht so nicht. Würde ich gern alles mal unplugged serviert bekommen.

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Desde el primer disco de George Michael como que no me convenció. Salvo uno que otro momento de buena u instrumentación y la canción freedom que es muy pegajosa y animada, y que creo que ya había salido en el disco anterior de él, los demás tracks me dieron igual. Mood: No lo pude escuchar sin prejuicio.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

A good pop album. Maybe a little too self indulgent. Could have done with a few lighter moments.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

I used to be pretty dismissive of George. in hindsight, that was misplaced snobbery

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

Duidelijke stijl doorheen heel het album.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

A very enjoyable album. clearly influential in pop culture for its time and beyond - any album with a song featuring in Arrested Development is good to me Saved: Freedom!, Heal The Pain

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

By George, I think he’s got it

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

Decent listen

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Fri Jun 11 2021
3

Some top notice pop, but a lot of filler thrown in.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
3

Not available on Spotify, so just giving 3

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Pretty fabulous.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
3

Erstaunliche Bandbreite und Qualität. Wäre aber nicht meins....

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

Enjoyed this more than I thought. Loved the extended version of Freedom 90. Was a bit slow in places, but that was George. 3 stars

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

I did and it was just middling.

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Praying for time I really liked, the other songs I wasn’t that fussed about. The Album as a whole is good but gets a bit dreary. I was expecting more upbeat pop. I understand that it was made with the backdrop of the HIV/AIDS thing going on, and his own struggles so not a lot to be upbeat about I guess.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

Sadly, this did not do much for me.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

This was pretty much as expected, but that's not a bad thing. Freedom was a big hit when I was a kid. Still sounds good, still just sounds like average 90s pop music. 3/5.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

bit boring apart from the radio hits

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Sun Sep 05 2021
3

I was heading toward a probably 2 star review for this, and then I heard Heal the Pain. I really liked that song a lot - in fact I wish the rest of the album was more like that. Overall it was okay. George Michael had a great voice and was clearly a talented guy, but most of his music is just so-so for me. 3 stars.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

I mean, he's fine. Soul Free was my favorite song, even above Freedom. 3.5

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

3.4 - Pretty, understated, often sappy. “Praying for Time” is an underrated gem. The album version of “Freedom - 90” is overlong - much prefer the radio edit - but the song is still a jam. “Waiting for that Day” and “Heal the Pain” are gorgeous. Doesn’t quite jell as an album but still a good listen.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

George Michael wrote a pretty convincing John Lennon song - Praying for Time. I'd love to have heard John Lennon cover this song. I'm trying to listen to this album without prejudice. I would NEVER have listened to this even a few years ago, but I'm opening up to different stuff. Here we go. There are some complex arrangements in here for pop music. Pretty impressive. I'm never going to listen to this album again, but I can respect the skillz.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

2.5/5 George Michael is a great singer. He has an amazing voice, and he knows how to use it. This album is flat and bland, though, with so many successive down-to-mid-tempo ballads featuring whiny lyrics... That said, I have to admit that the absolute highlight of the album is the haunting quasi-spiritual "They Won't Go When I Go" which sounds equally influenced by Prince and Franz Schubert. It is beautifully written, simply arranged, and brilliantly performed. This song is a must-listen. The album is not.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
3

3/5

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Sun Sep 26 2021
3

Pop. Soul. Muy blandito. Aburrido.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

I wanted to hate it but I couldn’t, Great pop with a bit extra with the confidence to rip influences from other songs and make them his own (ish)

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

Enjoyed this. Had more depth that you think did dode.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

Takes itself very seriously, after a couple of fun bangers at the front, drifts off into lounge-land quite quickly. I'm sure there's an audience out there that loves it, but I'm not it.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

Not a terrible album, but this album absolutely does not belong on this list. This is essential to nothing.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

he was alright i suppose

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

oddly... good?

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

6/10

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

I accidentally listened with prejudice. Sorry Michael!

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Busy bee

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

S’ok

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Our second from George Michael, and very underwhelming compared to Faith. The title made me laugh, how many volumes of listening without prejudice did this guy plan? Is he just making a point about how serious he is, like when someone hits a "1/?" indicator on a tweet thread? Some decent pop/rock tracks of course, and I knew "Freedom" but aside from that I wasn't too engrossed. It's alright I guess. Maybe this is a British bias moment? I just don't think we really need more than the one George Michael project, let's be real. I'd dismiss this from the list with prejudice, not for being bad but for taking up a crucial slot. Favorite tracks: Freedom, Cowboys and Angels, Waiting for That Day. Album art: A lame crowd shot, black and white for no apparent reason. The version on Apple Music is a hi-res close up shot of George Michael in his older age. Neither cover makes me want to hear this. 3/5

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

A decent album. One really well known song. The other songs each had a different style.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Vibeworthy. 5/10

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

Some of my most annoying earworms from the 80's were courtesy of George Michael. Faith, I Want Your Sex and anything from his former band, Wham! and the accompanying videos, I couldn't stand! I must admit when I listened to Listen Without Prejudice in 2022, it was a more sympathetic listen as the songs and vibe are a little more sombre and toned down than his previous hit record. The song Freedom! 90 may evoke a different emotion for me now than when it released over 30 years ago. The record isn't awful and listening without prejudice to the whole thing gives me perhaps a slightly different perspective on the man instead of just a "pop star".

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Like some of the songs

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

suco oitenzono, podia ser michael jackson, podia ser o comecinho de sympathy for the devil (mas só o comecinho), mas é george michael, um disco cravado na década, com os dois pé no terninho de ombreira. enfim, bom, bem bom.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

The 90s barely started and already, this is a very 90s album.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

George Michael was born under the right alignment of stars, for he looks as good as he sings, and he sings as good as he looks.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
3

Genre: Pop 3/5 George Michael, in 1990, was still in his post-Wham! phase, but had already established himself as a pop juggernaut. His debut solo album had 4 US number 1 singles, and the album was a massive critical and sales success. His second album, while not a pop masterpiece, is still easy on the ears, clean as a whistle, and George Michael’s voice is crystal clear and really does pack a punch. The setlist here is a little slow for my tastes, but there are still some solid tunes here. Freedom! ‘90 is a truly iconic and altogether really wonderful pop single.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

Started strong with Freedom which is a banger, but died down later in the album and I found myself waiting for the end a bit. He has an incredible voice but some songs felt a bit dated.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

dramatic stadium pop

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Tue Feb 15 2022
3

Meh.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Well, began with prejudice 🙃 - but it turned out to be a surprisingly listenable album and not as dated as expected. Going to admit - not going to blast this down main street, but had a good time listening to it. And, at times George Michael channels an unusually unparalleled Freddie Mercury, especially in 'Mother's Pride'. I unfortunately underestimated his talent - but he is a consistently good artist in general, even though not up to my musical tastes.

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