Patience (2004) 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… 2004-05-18 George Michael
Music Review

Patience (2004)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: May 18, 2004; Lead Performance: George Michael

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.

Originally posted Jun 04, 2004 Published in issue #768 Jun 04, 2004 Order article reprints