George Michael
Listen Without Prejudice


4.5
superb

Review

by Aaron W. STAFF
January 1st, 2017 | 45 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gotta have some faith in the sound, it's the one good thing that I've got.

The record industry, to the shock of no one, has always had a history of being greatly difficult to work in. It’s not to say just anybody could waltz right in and make a name for themselves, but even with the industry being rife with talent, not all those who worked in the business could attain success that foresaw great riches, widespread fame and all that came with a hit record. At the time of his departure from Wham!, George Michael had several hit records under his belt and with it, several opportunities to seek whatever avenue that could potentially add to his rather impressive repertoire. To expel any ideas that his material was simply teenybopper fare, Michael viewed going solo as his way of finally being taken seriously as a true artist and not some poseur who was only in it for the money. His debut, Faith is welcomed with rave reviews and success that equaled, if not, surpassed that of anything Wham! had ever done. Yet, this is where executive meddling and industry nonsense took grasp upon Michael’s work and internal pressure to put out a Faith, Volume Two came to be. Michael first and foremost, wanted none of this and sought to evolve – and so he did, maturing as an artist that wanted to make adult music and keep his integrity in the process.

This is where his second effort, Listen Without Prejudice comes into place. A far cry from the 80s sax goodness of ”Careless Whisper”, the works presented to the world in September of 1990 came as a shock to those fervently awaiting material that made his past works smash hits around the world. Whereas Faith took pleasure in amping up Michael’s sex appeal while creating catchy pop music, Prejudice concerned itself with the ills of the world and what we could do as its inhabitants to change it for the better. Leave it to the lead single, ”Praying for Time” to set a tone that would rest cozily all throughout Prejudice’s forty-eight minute duration – somber balladry that pleaded to those who listened to make a difference, to not repeat the mistakes made by others, including the narrator himself; a message of hope that offered a glimpse into a future that would be harmonious and free; and the trials we all endure within our lives.

While songs like the feel-good anthem to be ”Freedom!”, the cool beat of”Soul Free”, the cheery ”Heal the Pain” and the optimism of ”Waiting for the Day” serve to brighten up an otherwise strikingly forlorn piece of work, the parallels between these songs and their more desolate counterparts really make Prejudice what it is. Whereas the one-two punch of ”Praying for Time” and ”Freedom!” display Michael’s wish to change the ways of the world and also wishing to break away from a part he no longer wanted to play, the bitter chill of his cover of Stevie Wonder’s ”They Won’t Go When I Go” creeps into the room and instantly sets in a feeling of despair that doesn’t exactly stick around but often lingers in material such as the war tale ”Mother’s Pride” and the jazz pop deep cut ”Cowboys and Angels”. Just when all hope is lost it seems, the reprise of ”Waiting for the Day” is a bid of longing that doesn’t make any exact promises but tells its audience to never give up hope, even in the darkest depths of despair – “There's a way back for every man, so here I am.”



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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
December 31st 2016


18451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Listen Without Prejudice - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrrfZF6Ye-o



happy new year (tho it's still 2016)

(there we go, here's to 2017. rip george.)

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MrSirLordGentleman
January 1st 2017


12326 Comments


it is already 2017 in here so happy new year!

I've never checked this one, sounds pretty interesting o:

RIP hard to George, he had such an awesome voice

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 1st 2017


18451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah dude, this is pretty much nothing like Faith

bigsoulja
January 1st 2017


356 Comments


dude no way would you do this no waaaaaaay

bigsoulja
January 1st 2017


356 Comments


you better write a 5/5 review for claustration when vomir dies

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 1st 2017


18451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

just for that, i won't

bigsoulja
January 1st 2017


356 Comments


bitch I been merciful
I coulda thrown you that neg outta principle but I holdin off


Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 1st 2017


18451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

your mercy means nothing to those who pay no mind

bigsoulja
January 1st 2017


356 Comments


you gon pay more than mind for this blasphemy

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 1st 2017


18451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

have fun trying to afford the overseas fare to ~make me pay~ sachiel

bigsoulja
January 1st 2017


356 Comments


I'll make it bitch
I'll make it

Kascade
January 1st 2017


118 Comments


Jesus christ is this really going to start happening now?
Sputnik community logic:
"Oh an artist died you say? I don't really listen to him/her but I can recall what I have heard from their previous work and apply it to make a spontaneous review (memoriam) that is so ironic that people will want to jump from rooftops with no regrets."

bigsoulja
January 1st 2017


356 Comments


bet tha pussy bih never slammed tha trap

bigsoulja
January 1st 2017


356 Comments


but yh rip to a legend

FullOfSounds
January 1st 2017


15770 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sick, you ended up giving it a 4.5. Will read in a sec

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 1st 2017


18451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

""Oh an artist died you say? I don't really listen to him/her but I can recall what I have heard from their previous work and apply it to make a spontaneous review (memoriam) that is so ironic that people will want to jump from rooftops with no regrets."



what i'm getting from this is a vibe of "I listened to him before he died, all these other people are fucking posers". What's with that?

VaxXi
January 1st 2017


4392 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

name 3 albums.

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 1st 2017


18451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

any three albums?

TVC15
January 1st 2017


9873 Comments


Merry New Years

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KILL
January 1st 2017


81233 Comments


fripp pozin hard



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