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4.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Collection From One of the UK's Best Pop Artists, January 12, 2007
This review is from: Twenty Five (Audio CD)
Note: This review is based on the UK release of "Twenty Five."

I'm a HUGE fan of George Michael and although his albums of late have been a bit lackluster, this "Best of" album is worth a listen. "Twenty Five" represents his entire carrer - from his days as the better half of WHAM!, to the colorful events of a few years ago, to his most recent musical contributions. The songs he's chosen are pretty much what you'd expect with a couple of notable omissions.

The following are all of the (major) albums George has made to date, with the tracks used on "Twenty Five" listed below. (Tracks with a - are on both the Standard and Deluxe releases while those with a * are on the Deluxe release only):

"Fantastic" (WHAM!):

(nothing)

"Make it Big!" (WHAM!):

-Everything She Wants

-Wake Me Up Before You Go Go

-Freedom

-Careless Whisper

*If You Were There

"Music From the Edge of Heaven" (WHAM!):

-A Different Corner

-Last Christmas

"Faith:"

-Faith

-Father Figure

-One More Try

"Listen Without Prejudice:"

-Freedom '90

-Praying for Time

"Five Live" (live Freddie Mercury tribute):

(nothing)

"Older:"

-Fastlove

-Spinning the Wheel

-Jesus to a Child

-Older

-You Have Been Loved

"Ladies and Gentlemen:"

-Too Funky

-Outside

-As (not on the US release of Ladies and Gentlemen)

-Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (with Elton John)

*Fantasy (not on the US release of Ladies and Gentlemen)

"Songs From the Last Century:"

*Roxeanne

*My Baby Just Cares for Me

"Patience:"

-Freeek

-Shoot the Dog (not on the US release of Patience)

-Amazing

-Flawless (Go to the City)

-Round Here

-John and Elvis Are Dead

*Precious Box

*Cars and Trains

*Patience

*My Mother Had a Brother

*American Angel

*Please Send Me Someone to Love

*Through

New Tracks:

-An Easier Affair

-Heal the Pain (duet with Paul McCartney)

-This is Not Real Love (with Mutya)

*Understand

*You Know That I Want to

*Safe

*Brother Can You Spare a Dime? (live)

There are several tracks that should be here but aren't: From "Faith," I'd include 'I Want Your Sex (Parts 1 & 2),' 'Monkey,' and 'Kissing a Fool.' 'The Strangest Thing' and 'Star People' from "Older" should also have been included. And 'I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)' is my favorite duet George has performed (with Aretha Franklin).

BUT WHAT YOU WANT TO READ ABOUT is the new stuff, right? Well, as I said in the opening, I feel George's recent music isn't as good as his older compositions. This generally holds true for the new tracks on "Twenty Five." The one exception is "An Easier Affair." It'll get you dancing and smiling but feels like a genuinely new direction for his music. It's fantastic. The rest of the new tracks are needlessly re-hashed songs or so-so new compositions.

Another thing you'll likely be curious about is the Standard VS. Deluxe versions of this album. In my opinion, the Deluxe version is not substantially better than the Standard. The third exclusive disc is mostly made up of tracks from 'Patience' although it does have some (so-so) new songs. You'll probably have to listen for yourself, but I was not especially impressed.

Conclusion: A few of the track selections (and omissions) on this album are unfortunate, but an amazing career provides some of the great pop music. This "Best of" album even delivers a new classic tune. Pick it up and if you haven't, explore George's "Faith" and "Older" albums.
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Initial post: Oct 28, 2007 11:17:30 PM PDT
what are you talking about his recent albums are lackluster. If it weren't the homophobic and degenerate masses he's stuff would do better in the states. Although abroad he's sold millions of recent albums like Older which sold 12 million copies and Patience 3 million copies. I don't call those kind of record sales lackluster so don't insult this legend.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2008 7:28:15 AM PDT
I wasn't making a statement about sales. I just don't like his newer albums as well (since "Older"). And I'm anything but homophobic. Why so defensive?

Posted on Jul 16, 2009 12:06:33 PM PDT
cd-heaven says:
Actually, songs like You Know That I want to and Safe are not (really) new songs but hard to find. Both were released during the Older cd and singles, I know b/c those songs are on a 2 cd version of Older I have, great cd! I love this 3 cd collection, however most if not everything from Patience is included in this collection, so casual listeners should definitely stick with the 2 cd set.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 30, 2009 11:13:34 PM PDT
Thanks for the info. I always wanted that Older 2CD set ...
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