As you all know, music has always been a passion of mine and the success of the favourite song of the week thread has really brought out the music community in CW. This thread here is all about your own personal review of any CD Album you own.
Just include the picture of the album cover, track listing and in your words your own review and your opinions on the quality of the album. We can also discuss which albums are worth buying and which should be avoided.
But we all have different opinions, so I guess all this is subjective to taste. Frankly I'm looking forward to the discussion.
I'll start up with my best CD in my collection (in my opinion).
Album: Ladies and Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
Disc 1: For The Heart
1. Jesus To A Child
2. Father Figure
3. Careless Whisper
4. Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me (with Elton John)
5. You Have Been Loved
6. Kissing A Fool
7. I Can't Make You Love Me
8. Heal The Pain
9. A Moment With You
10.Desafinado (with Astrud Gilberto)
11.Cowboys and Angels
12.Praying For Time
13.One More Try
14.A Different Corner
Disc 2: For The Feet
4. Too Funky
5. Freedom '90
6. Star People '97
7. Killer/Papa Was A Rollin' Stone
8. I Want Your *** (Part II)
9. The Strangest Thing '97
11.Spinning The Wheel
12.Waiting For That Day
13.I Knew You Were Waiting For Me (with Aretha Franklin)
15.Somebody To Love (with Queen)
George Michael probably posesses one of the best vocal abilities in International Music. A brilliant songwriter, he has the ability to capture emotions of love, pain, death, romance and sexuality through his lyrics and his music.
At his peak, he was one of the biggest acts to come out of the United Kingdom and this fantastic 20+ year career at the top has been showcased by this fine album right here which is the definitive compilation for fans and non fans alike.
The CD Album is packaged convieniently into two discs. One is appropriately labelled for the heart and the other one is labelled for the feet. The for the heart disc features some moving ballads which showcases Michaels' brilliant vocal abilities and his brilliant songwriting ability.
Disc 1 is the perfect disc to have on when you need a romantic night in with your partner. With a smooth mix of Cafe style lounge Jazz to carefully thought out classics, the disc leaves no corner unturned and truly shows that it is for the heart.
Careless Whisper is recognised as one of the greatest songs ever composed, Jesus To A Child deals with the loss of a loved one as does You Have Been Loved which fights with a single mother's loss of her partner and her son. However, for Jazz enthusiasts like myself, Kissing A Fool is a brilliant example of smooth, jazz and Cowboys and Angels has one of the best saxophone solo's I've ever heard which plays as a finisher for a great song.
From all the heart of disc 1 to the pure mix of jazz, funk, dance and pure pop to disc 2. Disc 2 has the numbers that made this man famous. From the infectious 'Faith' that made him a mega star to the very addictive Fastlove, another side of George Michael comes out, a side which can be a little provocative, a little offensive, but still Disc 2 is musically very sound.
The highlights for disc 2 would be his biggest hit arguably which is Faith, the dance track that reached great heights on the charts back in 1996 in Fastlove, and the sinister Jazz/Funk track 'Spinning The Wheel' which deals with some rather heavy issues.
Overall Verdict: 4.5/5
This is one of the best ever 'Best of' Compilations out there. It showcases what an amazing career this man has had. Despite the controversy and the personal battles the music, lyrics and creativity of this man seems to eclipse all these things. It's a CD which is very difficult to get tired of. It's a must buy for fans, also non fans could find that after a few listens, they also have an appreciation for the cd and the music.
Although it definitely helps if you like Jazz, Funk and a little bit of Pop music.
So a final rating of 4.5/5 from me.
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