Michael used to be one of pop’s punchiest singles artists, but you wouldn’t know it from this undistinguished downer, which kicks off with a preachy title track and slogs through dour paeans to his musical idols (”John and Elvis Are Dead”), hometown, and suicidal uncle. It took the exuberant ”Flawless (Go to the City)” – which wisely samples the Ones’ shimmery 2002 club hit of the same name – to jolt this reviewer awake long enough to ruminate on why Michael’s music doesn’t seem to matter anymore: Baring your tortured soul is one thing, but unleashing a barrage of selfpitying ballads and expecting people to listen is a test of even the most open-minded fan’s patience.
Patience Michael used to be one of pop's punchiest singles artists, but you wouldn't know it from this undistinguished downer, which kicks off with a preachy...Patience Michael used to be one of pop's punchiest singles artists, but you wouldn't know it from this undistinguished downer, which kicks off with a preachy...2004-06-04
Lead Performer: George Michael
Posted June 4 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT
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