Monday, September 21, 2009

Freedom '90

George Michael's Listen without prejudice is a good album and is totally fine to own. You'd probably want to stop there, but no excuses need be made for owning, enjoying and actively playing that album.

It's not overtly camp, so doesn't interfere with the ABBA or Elton John quota. At the risk of generating pure disagreement, I think lyrically there is something quite honest about the album. It has undercurrents of loss, sadness, regret and heartache.

Having said this, I wouldn't want to see Faith in any rack, because if somebody thinks "I want your sex" is an appropriate phrase to sing within earshot of anybody, one probably doesn't need to get within earshot of them.

Probably more dissection of that shady 1990 - 1995 musical period needs to occur.

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3 Comments:

Blogger Marc said...

Let us get this straight: There cannot be and there is no Elton John quota due to all the 'songs' he has ever touched (yes, including Pinball Wizard) have been shite.

I would say that Older by George Michael is also a quality album. I bought it for my dad, listened to it on many car journeys in my late teens and was forced to admit I like the bossa winebar funk feel of some of the tracks. Not all, but it's by no means an unbearable album.

I also rather like the track 'Too Funky' but that's probably due to the sample from The Graduate.

6:54 PM  
Blogger peter said...

Oh yeah 'Too Funky' is pretty fun, but no need for an album. Oh, and 'Outside' is just hilarious.

The trouble is they evoke too many images of Mr Michael's leafy sexual indiscretions.

I can't see any problem with 'Your song' and 'Rocket man'-era Elton John. None whatsoever. Some of his stuff is great.

7:00 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

No, none of it is great. Rocket Man is no 'Space Oddity' and 'Your Song' pales in comparison to Michael Jackson's 'Ben' which is about a rat, for God's sake.

7:02 PM  

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