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4.0 out of 5 stars George Michael's "Thriller".,
This review is from: Faith (Audio CD)If I remember correctly, I believe this was the best selling album of 1987. Why, well six of these were big hits, and one quite controversial at the time. This album also is fairly diverse, having upbeat dance tracks, and smooth ballads as well, and all very good. The songs "Faith", "I Want Your Sex", and "Monkey" all got your feet moving, while others like "One More Try" and "Father Figure" were slow and sexy. "George Michael" has had good albums since this one, but there's no doubt this is possibly his best, and is one of the 80's best too.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Classic!!!,
This review is from: Faith (Audio CD)This CD is a classic that endures all the fickleness of time. George Michael has mastered an imaginative mix of upbeat and cool tunes with beautiful musical arrangements.
"Faith" is a great upbeat jingle that never fails to get you moving. "Father Figure" is as close to perfect as an artist can get. "I Want Your Sex" is a fun club beat. "One More Try" a slow sad song with great music behind it. "Hard Day" my personal favorite track on the CD because of the heavy bass. "Hand To Mouth" is jazzy and easy to listen to, nice drum influences. "Look At Your Hands" this one could have been left off. "Monkey" another dance mix. "Kissing A Fool" so here is where the 40's jazz begins. You will be able to listen to this CD over and over again and across many years. Have faith!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essential '80s Album?,
This review is from: Faith (Audio CD)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!
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic George...,
This review is from: Faith (Audio CD)Very nice album-very broad range of music, reminds me a little of OLDER, which is one of his better albums.
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERY SONG IS GREAT,
This review is from: Faith (Audio CD)This CD, in my opinion, represents George Michael at his best. Every song is worth listening, and the BEST song by far is "Hard Day". There is just something about that song, with its alterior motives or something I don't know but I can listen to it over and over to this day. In fact, I first got this album way back in 1988. He is not only a great artist, but an extremely talented songwriter and musician. These songs may be more than a decade old, but they still sound good-even better that what is being produced today.
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, you've gotta have Faith,
This review is from: Faith (Audio CD)Following the dissolution of Wham!, there was no doubt that its lead singer, George Michael was going to be a solo star, what with "A Different Corner". Sure enough, six singles from this album hit the Top Five, with four #1s, garnering him a Best Album Grammy. It also showed a maturation point for Michael, where adult contemporary radio could play his songs instead of teeny-bopper fare from Wham!
"Faith" became George Michael's first #1 hit, and after its inauspicious church organ beginning to add to the theme title, jumps into a racing skiffle rhythm. Deon Estus, Wham!'s bassist, lends strong support here and other songs. I heard Limp Bucket's rendition and rolled my eyes; they ruined a great song.
"Father Figure" is an effective R&B ballad with gospel-tinged chorus sung by George Michael and Shirley Lewis. Another #1 hit for him.
"I Want Your Sex" got involved into quite a bit of controversy due to the title and the supposedly obscene lyrics. Originally on the Beverly Hills Cop 2 soundtrack, many radio stations here would NOT play this song, yet it peaked at #2 on the Hot Singles Chart. It's another case of "People, read the lyrics. Duh!" On one hand, yes, it's a case of the man begging for it, but another part dwells on the arguments he makes: "It's natural, it's chemical, it's logical, habitual" And a message here is aimed at PMRC types as well as the girl: "What's your definition of dirty, baby? What do you call pornography?" Part I of this song was the single with the thumping funky beat, while Part II-Brass In Love adds layers of piano and brass while maintaining the same melody.
"One More Time" is one of two great ballads. With keyboards giving an eerie atmosphere, say a more poppy "Whiter Shade Of Pale" but without the Bachian motif of the original. Michael really puts the most of his emotional self into this song than any here.
Two non-single songs here show Michael tackling social ills. "Hand To Mouth" soberly tells two stories of lives denied the American dream, someone who finally blows hit top and shoots out at people, the other a woman who has no one to turn to and becomes a prostitute. The criticism of Reaganite America is strong here: "I believe in the arms of America/I believe in the land of the free/But no one told me/that the gods believe in nothing/so with empty hands I pray."
The other, "Look At Your Hands", is on one hand a vengeful slap at a lost lover, but has fallen into an abusive marriage, domestic violence being a theme here.
By the time the anti-drug song "Monkey" came out, Faith had been on the charts for a full year, and the single went to #1. It has a pop-funk beat like "I Want Your Sex" and it's okay but I got the impression that Sony was leaning on Michael as a name. "Hey, it's by him, it'll sell well. Who cares which song it is?"
Now the piano cafe-jazz ballad "Kissing A Fool" is a different story. This was the last single released from this album, and . The recent Michael Buble rendition pales in comparison due to the soaring richness of George Michael's voice. Get the original, people. The sage wisdom of human nature is shown here: "People, you can never change the way they feel/Better let them do what they will/For they will, if you let them."
Part 3 of "I Want Your Sex", titled A Last Request, takes on a more devious tone, as the man waits for "that gin and tonic to go to your head" because in the end, "There's only so much a gentlemen can stand."
A landmark 80's pop album and considering George Michael's later troubles overshadowed his talent, a vital second step for him.
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith (1987),
This review is from: Faith (Audio CD)Back then, I never really paid any attention to George Michael's music. It wasn't because I didn't like him or because he was gay. I had nothing against him and I still don't. When you're young, you don't tend to pay attention to a certain amount of music. Well, at the beginning of the summer, I heard One More Try and from then on, I became an instant fan of his. In fact, he has become a favorite of mine, right next to Madonna. This guy's got a voice of gold. You can't tell me that George doesn't have a great voice. He's got an amazing voice. This is an incredible debut album. He was a smash when he was with WHAM! With this album, he wanted to prove that he could do better as a solo act. And he proved himself right. He released six singles from this album. All six singles shot straight to #1.
I WANT YOUR SEX (Parts 1 & 2)
ONE MORE TRY
HAND TO MOUTH
LOOK AT YOUR HANDS
KISSING A FOOL
HARD DAY (SHEP PETTIBONE REMIX)
A LAST REQUEST (I WANT YOUR SEX pt. 3)
If you buy this album, I can guarantee you that you'll be buying it again after you wear your first copy out. I definitely wore out the first copy I owned. Buy it and prepared to be amazed and impressed. Remember, you gotta have faith. Yes, you gotta have faith, faith, faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album to 1987,
This review is from: Faith (Coll Ed) (Rm) (Audio CD)Oh wow vraie un grand album de george michael en 1987 , combien de fois que j'ai écouter ,le 3/4 des chanson écrit et produit par lui mème , la chanson que j'ai bien aimer :Hard Day (Remix de Shep Pettibone) - 6:29 ... se remix sa fais virer de toute les coter , mais ont le retrouve pas sur le nouveau pack deluxe de 2010 et d'autres chanson qui a étais oublier aussi sur l'abum comme : Faith" (dance remix radio edit) ' 4:54 et Now - 3:56 , mais c'est très bon de récouter a nouveau avec un disque suplémentaire et ses remix ,Merci George & merci a amazon.ca de nous donnez une place de choix de musique et des très bon prix !
Oh Wow , great album of george michael to 1987 ,with Hard Day (Remix de Shep Pettibone) - 6:29 ,this song forget on pack deluxe 2010 is not there .... i listen all time this album 'FAITH' , thanks george & amazon.ca
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