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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2000
Although I love some of the tracks on this CD I cannot help but be a bit disappointed with others. Ever since George Michael's sexy rendition of 'Kissing a Fool' I've been looking out for a whole album of similar songs and I guess this is it ... well sort of.
Favourites on this album are Roxanne, You've Changed, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and Secret Love (the big band backing is superb!) These he does exceedingly well. As for the rest, Brother Can You Spare A Dime is over-dramatic, My Baby Just Cares For Me is not bad, but too short and badly scored (the instruments sound very synthetic) and the harp backing on I Remember You destroys an otherwise listenable song - a fuller backing would have been a great improvement.
The other choices are OK, but quite unmemorable, which brings me to my next gripe about this album - the selection can hardly be called representative of the century's music, with some pretty obscure songs on this album. It would have been helpful to have the rationale behind the choice of each song included in the CD cover notes.
And finally, why so short? I was just getting into the mood of the album when it ended far too abruptly.
My overall impression of this album is that George Michael wanted to get out an album before the century ended and left it a bit late, resulting in a mediocre offering that does not live up to expectation, at least from this fan.