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The “wish list” for George Michael’s new album

25 June 2014 7 Comments
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gm-onemoretryIt is hard to believe that one of pop music’s legends has turned 51 today. For some, it feels like yesterday that he first burst on to the global scene with his buddy Andrew Ridgeley and their “Choose Life” t-shirts taking the world by storm with their first global #1 hit “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”. George Michael was a gifted boy poised for success. That “boy” has now reached middle age. He continues to enthrall audiences with his astounding vocal ability and his enviable knack for superior songwriting. In a highly fragmented music scene, he might belong to the last generation of true “global superstars”. His posters continue to be on the walls of stores and salons in some of the remotest corners of the world. After an attack of pneumonia that almost killed him, a car accident in which he fell out of the moving vehicle and a recent collapse in his own home that led to him being rushed to a hospital, it appears that George Michael is back in the studio working on new material for a new album. Earlier this year, George topped the UK charts with his live album titled “Symphonica” but despite its success, many people view “Symphonica” as the “appetizer” and his next album as the highly desirable “George Michael main course of 2014” – one which we cannot wait to devour when it sees the light of day.

Typically, an artist (or anyone for that matter) should be the one making birthday wishes. This time, we’ve decided to reverse that tradition and make a “birthday wishlist” for George Michael in the context of the new album he is working on. We have a set of wishes that we can only hope he reads, and acknowledges – or better still, acts on! Those of you reading this article are welcome to add your own wishlist items in the comments section below. For now, here is our list of wishes that we hope George Michael will deliver on:

 

Please avoid vocoders: George Michael has an amazing voice and he does not need to resort to “voice enhancing” machinery such as Pro tools or vocoders. Perfection cannot be perfected even more. The attempt at doing that detracts and results in a sound that is distinctly sub-optimal. A noteworthy example is George Michael’s New Order cover “True Faith”.

 

Please spend time on song intros of up-tempo tracks: George Michael, in essence, is a popstar with the enviable ability of being able to write a perfect pop song – perfect from start to finish. Somehow, post 1998, the “start to finish” element of perfection started to disappear. In an age of instant and immediate gratification, people do not have the patience to endure a lackluster introduction to a great pop song. Noteworthy examples of lackluster intros to fantastic uptempo tracks include “An Easier Affair” and “White Light”. Interestingly enough, for the live version of “An Easier Affair”, George Michael added in a fantastic and a “quintessentially pop” intro. One can only wonder if he started to see the missing lacuna in the studio version of “An Easier Affair”. Either way, we would like him to revisit song intros BEFORE releasing the album as opposed to making course corrections on the concert tour to promote the album.

 

Please consider revisiting some of the tracks on the “lost” album “Trojan Souls”: “Trojan Souls” is a project George Michael was working on either in the late 80s or early 90s. It was a largely downtempo album but the songs (or at least the bits that have surfaced) are incredibly promising and have great hooks. There is one song in particular that one can only hope George Michael completes. This song can be considered the sonic twin of George’s hit classic “Kissing a Fool”. The song is called “You Slipped away from me”.
Please ensure that your up-tempo songs are not longer than they need to be: Most of George Michael’s fans will probably end up buying the new album and might not buy separate radio edits of tracks. George Michael’s 2004 album “Patience” had some brilliant moments but it also had some “dragged out” moments such as tracks like “Flawless” and “Precious Box”. These songs were great at their core but were stretched out in length to the point of creating fatigue in the ears of some listeners.

 

Please ensure that the lead single off the new album is an up-tempo track: We could be terribly wrong but we believe that the fortunes of George Michael would have played out very differently in the US if he had release “Fast Love” as his lead single off the “Older” album as opposed to “Jesus to a child”. While the US is probably no longer a high-priority market for George Michael, it would be nice to see him assault the US music scene with one of his infectious uptempo pop tracks as opposed to watching him get panned by critics for releasing “yet another ballad” (although we absolutely love his ballads). Lead singles serve as the first impression for a new album and given the overall mood of “Symphonica” earlier this year, George Michael should aim to deliver just the opposite – even if it just to remind the world of his versatility as an artist.

 

These are the only ones we could think of. Last, but not least, we would like to wish George Michael a very Happy 51st birthday. I had the pleasure of meeting George briefly at a promotional event a few days shy of his 41st birthday. It is so great to see him active in the business 10 years later. We wish him nothing but the absolute best and hope that he continues to write and perform for at least another three decades. Now, when can we have that new album Mr. Georgios Kyriacos Panayioiu?

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7 Responses to "The “wish list” for George Michael’s new album"

  1. Frannie says:

    Great suggestions! I really agree with the one about an uptempo first single. I love his ballads but it’s a little too much. One of my favorite songs by GM is Fast Love. I’d like a uptempo pop/dance or R&B song like that.

  2. @Frannie: Glad you liked the suggestions. “Fast Love” is my favorite song of the 90s without a doubt. I don’t know if he can repeat a “Fast Love”. It seems like one of those untouchable feats of his.

  3. Such talent does not stay in the shadows longer, please George a new album with the dance would be welcome !!!

  4. @Christiane: I think just a proper album with an even split of dance songs and slower tracks would be perfect. We don’t necessarily need a full-on dance album. I just hope this new album sees the light of day sooner than later.

  5. Darrick Moreno says:

    I came across this article while searching for information about this “2nd album” for 2014, though I missed the birthday reverse wish, I would like to add, that (and this is all said with love for George) being the only male singer in the world really worth listening to, and being alive in the time that we are as well as he, in the last ten years we have had a lot of promises made about new material. To come to pass? Patience (and boy did you need it to get it) which was GREAT! Older was good too. The problem, this man knows he has talent, no one needs to stroke his coat with that, what I think is the issue here, he hasn’t given the world, his fans, enough music. And according to “White Light” there’s so much more to the music he wants to give us. Well, sorry, “Where is it?”, this goes right out to him…..”George, if you are capable of realizing that you have made your fans wait entirely way too long between album breaks and we don’t live forever, to be alive and skirted many near death experiences as you have, if you keep giving us new music every two years or every week on your website, just as long as you do what you do best, make music that touches based on your complexity of words, you have my promise, I won’t pirate your music, I will buy it, no kidding, make up for lost time, do us the favor of getting to the nitty gritty of YOUR talent, we don’t want to see you in a smoke filled 40s club with a silver microphone, Arena’s with Pumpin Music made by you. Have you been to the clubs, gurrrrrrl, it’s missing something, oh yeah, that’s you!”

  6. @Darrick: I agree that the wait between releases is excruciatingly painful. I think George’s last legitimate hit was “Amazing” and that was a decade ago. That makes George Michael a popstar of yesteryear – which is a crazy concept – especially when his contemporaries such as Duran Duran and Culture Club are really upping their game with fantastic new releases. In our humble opinion, “Older” was a career-defining masterpiece for George Michael. We would love a new album that features a mix of the music on “Older” and perhaps the dance songs that never made it on to studio albums – songs such as “Outside” and “An Easier Affair”. Thank you for your comment. George Michael is one of the most played artists on our station. Have you given our station a spin yet? Please do let us know.

  7. Ron Damiano says:

    As every GM fan knows and George says ,as he chuckles, “my material is not very prolific but I like to think there is quality to it” it could not have been said better. The man is a man who above all needs to be true to himself and if that means he releases magical music years apart and tours but every 20 years so be it! The man is a phenomenal singer, songwriter (above all) and producer! Sure I wish he released albums every two years and toured every three but I’m not sure the quality would compare to the quality he has already shared! The man is his own man! It is what it is and what it’s supposed to be! I trust I will be enamored of most anything he creates. There has been only a couple of songs, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, that I havnt cared for much. For example, Flawless, White light. I disagree with the writer about Easier affair and Precious box. These are perfect as they are for me. They easily stand up to his best work to date. I’m formulating my top ten GM song list soon and it will be interesting to whittle it down to ten because for so little in the quantity of his music there still is so many fantastic pop and RnB classics to choose from. It will be the top ten GM songs on a deserted island list. It won’t be the tribute concert song selection I am producing because it’s not what America knows or remembers most about him and I must cater to the audiences wants but he doesn’t! Namaste George Michael!

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