George Michael Symphonica

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  • Released: March 18, 2014
  • Originally Released: 2014
  • Label: Island

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] swank live set of classic makeout ballads. Some are vintage - the jazz standard 'My Baby Just Cares for Me,' 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' -- and some come from his own songbook."


  • 1.Through
  • 2.My Baby Just Cares for Me
  • 3.A Different Corner
  • 4.Praying for Time
  • 5.Let Her Down Easy
  • 6.The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  • 7.Feeling Good
  • 8.John and Elvis Are Dead
  • 9.One More Try
  • 10.Cowboys and Angels
  • 11.Idol
  • 12.Brother Can You Spare a Dime
  • 13.Wild is the Wind
  • 14.You've Changed

Product Description:

Personnel: Phil Palmer, Ben Butler (guitar); Henry Hey (piano); David Finck (double bass); Mark McLean (drums); Lea Mullen (percussion); James Jackman (programming); Lucy Jules, Lincoln Jean-Marie, Jay Henry, Shirley Lewis (background vocals).
Photographer: Caroline True.
Gestating for a long time -- at least two years, although George Michael hasn't released an album for a decade -- Symphonica is a curious way for the pop singer to return to action. A live album recorded on his 2011-2012 tour, Symphonica showcases a singer on the supper club circuit, trading in a few of his big hits, all middle-brow favorites ("Praying for Time," "One More Try," "A Different Corner") and spending a lot of time on songs the audience knows and love, whether it's Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," Anthony Newley's "Feeling Good," or the American Popular Songbook standard "My Baby Just Cares for Me." Michael does indulge in some personal favorites -- -he tackles Terence Trent D'Arby's "Let Her Down Easy" and the deep Elton John track "Idol" -- but the context is something familiar: a popular singer luxuriating in a symphonic setting. He doesn't push the limits of this template, choosing to enjoy the lush surroundings, so this winds up slightly anti-climactic: Michael is in good form but he's coasting, doing no more than he needs to, satisfying fans without surprising. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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  • Sales Rank: 58,438
  • UPC: 602537699322
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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