Tuesday, June 10, 2008

595. George Michael - Faith (1987)
















Review

1. Faith
2. Father Figure
3. I Want Your Sex (Parts 1 & 2)
4. One More Try
5. Hard Day
6. Hand To Mouth
7. Look At Your Hands
8. Monkey
9. Kissing A Fool
10. Hard Day (Shep Pettibone Remix)
11. A Last Request (I Want Your Sex) (Part 3)

Review

It is actually quite sad to notice that mainstream pop-music has evolved very little since this album, it is also, however, a tribute to how influential this album is, and also its staying power.

The songs here could have been done at any time after 1987 but not before, the qualitative evolution when compared to something like Thriller is quite astounding. The songs have a social and life-style message, they aren't simply innocuous pop of the Jackson variety, the use of drum machines is also pretty influential to the point that it sounds like so much that came afterwards.

And then the music is actually quite good, there are of course horrible tracks here, an example of which is Monkey, a pointless addition to the album, but with a couple of cuts this could have been one of the best R&B pop albums out there.


Track Highlights


1. Faith
2. I Want Your Sex (Parts I & II)
3. Hard Day [Shep Pettibone remix]
4. Kissing A Fool

Final Grade


8/10

Trivia

From Wikipedia:

In 1989, Faith was ranked #84 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s. In 2003, the album was ranked number 480 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Faith was ranked 79th in a 2005 survey held by British television's Channel 4 to determine the 100 greatest albums of all time.

Faith:

2 comments:

Lanark said...

How he didn't get his ass sued for ripping off "Close to Me" by The Cure with the song "Faith" is incredible.

Matt said...

Thank you Lanark... I've been saying that since the song came out! I wonder what Robert Smith's take was on that...