This review is from: Twenty Five [Explicit] (MP3 Music)
Hard to believe that it has been 30 years since George Michael and his days with Wham! had started. Through his highs and lows, he has honestly made some of the most distinctive music in the world that continues to get better with time and age. Something that very few and farther between artists have really learned from him. That is honestly because the songs are still as guilty pleasures in spirit and heart. He showed that in the 80's, ranking high with artists like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. But if there is one thing about George is that he is still here, and has made good choices with the way his music captures the heart. While he hasn't made anything new in the past several years, he still show no sign of his music getting old. While he has battled some vices, including being open for accepting that he is gay and a recent turnstyle against pneumonia, he did beat his odds well. Now that he is 30 years into the business, he has a lot to celebrate.
George Michael's 2008 release of Twenty-Five is a consistent reflection of his solo days and his days with his work with Wham!. The collection handles well by bringing in his biggest ballads, as well as his deepest standards that withstood the test of time. Every song has been remastered well, and include hits like Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Faith, the driven covers like the intimate The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, to the classic Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me with Elton John and the overshadowed As with Mary J. Blige. Every song never gets old, but there are a few heavy snubs for the album. The biggest one is I Want Your Sex, as well as I Knew You Were Waiting For Me. While its video is here on this extended set, the song isn't standing alone as a download, as well as his rendition of Somebody To Love with the surviving members of Queen. There are though some songs that make up for that overshadowing like Father Figure, and a intimate contemporary duet of Heal The Pain with Paul McCartney. While there are videos of his classics here, it still could've been more for the songs to stand alone to make it even stronger.
Nevertheless, George Michael's Twenty-Five is still a strong collection of his big hits. If you are honestly new to George Michael, than this would be a good record to buy. While I do wish that it did have more from his days with Wham! like The Edge Of Heaven and Bad Boys to just name a few of there classic songs, still it stands up well. There are fewer artists that are out there right now that still stands out well from the 80's, that are with great music alone. George Michael is only one of a few of them. While he hasn't made anything new in awhile, his classics stand tall just like he has. "Don't You Think He Is Looking Older?," as he sang at one point? Not really, he has gotten better with age.
Album Cover: B
Songs: B 1/2+
Overall: B 1/2+