Eh... it would've been hadn't it been for albums from Michael Jackson, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Prince, but in 1987, Yorgos Panyiatou, a/k/a George Michael graduated from team member of the hit '80s pop group, Wham, to become one of the most serious musicians of the late-'80s and early-'90s. Even if his career can now be divided in musical talent and controversy surrounding the fame that has consumed his life for 20 years, back in '87, no album was as good as this. Even Michael's "Bad" album, which was released the same year, couldn't really top the magic of this album. From start to end, you feel like you're going inside a book reading a story for 50-some minutes. I can't really go into song into song analysis but I will say that ALL of the songs are great and proves how diverse duke was and still is, going from pop to rockabilly to blues to jazz to soul and finally to funk. If you want to buy one of the most essential albums of not only the '80s but of all time, buy this album! George didn't have to release another album as long as he lived, he did his thing right with this album. No wonder it was as successful as it was. Props to one of the baddest blue-eyed soul singers of all time in George!