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Son of Albert Andrew Ridgeley was last seen four years ago as half of the bouncy pop duo Wham! His partner, George Michael (present here as background vocalist in a...Son of AlbertRock Andrew Ridgeley was last seen four years ago as half of the bouncy pop duo Wham! His partner, George Michael (present here as background vocalist in a...1990-06-01
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Son of Albert

Genre: Rock; Lead Performer: Andrew Ridgeley; Status: In Season

Andrew Ridgeley was last seen four years ago as half of the bouncy pop duo Wham! His partner, George Michael (present here as background vocalist in a song called ”Red Dress”), went on to multiplatinum fame. Now Ridgeley, too, has a song on the charts: ”Shake,” the second cut on this album, in which, to the tune of fake-raunchy rock & roll, he imagines he’s shaking his sexy woman ”like a rag doll.” Nothing in his eager, tiny voice convinces us he could ever do such a thing, though there is verve in his music and, thanks to his band, snatches of fine, snarly guitar. But you’ve heard it all a hundred times before. Ridgeley seems to have redefined himself as a kick-in-the-pants rock & roller, but his songs still come out sounding like manufactured pop.

Originally posted June 1 1990 — 12:00 AM EDT

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