- Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
- ASIN: B00000266C
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
|1. The Edge Of Heaven|
|3. I'm Your Man|
|4. Wham! Rap '86|
|5. A Different Corner|
|6. Blue (Live In China)|
|7. Where Did Your Heart Go?|
|8. Last Christmas|
The catchy title song shows less soul but more straight pop overladen with trumpet, trombone, and sax. Deon Estus's throbbing bass also contributes heavily. This song veers towards the lust end of the spectrum rather than the love songs on Make It Big.: "I'm a maniac at the end of the day" and "There's a place for us in a dirty movie/'Cos no-one does it better than me and you." And I can barely hear Elton John's piano here.
The frustrated love song "Battlestations" is accusatory, as the girl is accused of hiding behind her answerphone, and the guy even goes as far as opening her diary. A real relation on the rocks. And the cold finishing touch has the girl saying in French that money is her new best friend, so goodbye. Charming story, huh?
"I'm Your Man" is presented in an eight minute plus extended version instead of the single-version. It's a return to the funky soul that characterized Make It Big. After about 1:22 of synths, drums, and even racing car noises, the single proper begins. It's got a catchy and fun beat, but there's a great amount of braggadocio and no love involved: "I don't need you to care/I don't need you to understand/All I want is for you to be there/.../I'm your man." Really romantic, huh?
A really case of a partying slacker with bad attitude who'd rather have fun than a job characterizes the bass and horns funk jam of the immature "Wham!Read more ›
The others include "A Different Corner", which was a George Michael single, issued and listed as a single under his name only in early 1986, and which had charted before this album was released.
"I'm Your Man" had also run up and back down the charts before this album came out, having been released in '85. The version on here is longer than the single version. "Wham! Rap '86" is a "re-make" of a song from the group's debut album, in which George claims to have "street credibility" (!) I like the song, but I don't what street he thinks he has credibility on, other than maybe Sesame Street. 2Pac he ain't.
"Blue" is a live version of a song that was originally released around the time of the band's debut album, and "Last Christmas" is from 1984, which was two years before this album.
Overall, the album is pretty good and bridges the gap between the overly-sugary sound of "Make It Big" and George's more "serious" songs and sound on "Faith". The sexual overtones in "Battlestations" give a hint of what was to come with songs like "I Want Your Sex" and "Father Figure" and "The Edge of Heaven" has a flavor similar to "Look at Your Hands" and "Hard Day".
In the alternative, you could buy the import album called "The Final", which was the UK version of this album and is a true greatest hits collection.Read more ›