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Classic Album Review: George Michael | Patience

The singer finally returns — with a sombre set of synth-soaked soul-pop ballads.

This came out in 2004 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Patience is exactly what it takes to be a George Michael fan these days.

First the guy takes eight years to put out an album of new studio material. Then, turns out to be a sombre, self-absorbed set of synth-soaked soul-pop and limp-noodle balladry. Oh sure, it’s impeccably performed and meticulously recorded, like pretty much everything George does. But good sound doesn’t necessarily make for good art, or even particularly good music in this case. Last time we heard from Michael, he was saying something about giving away all his music for free. Guess he reconsidered. Pity — if Patience cost nothing, I could honesty say you were getting more than your money’s worth.