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Older is the album that many observers initially believed Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 to be -- a relentlessly serious affair, George Michael's bid for artistic credibility. It's an album that makes Listen Without Prejudice sound like Faith. Michael has dispensed with the catchy, frothy dance-pop numbers that brought him fame, concentrating on stately, pretentious ballads -- even "Fastlove," the album's one dance track, lacks the carefree spark of his earlier work. Although Michael's skills as a pop craftsman still shine through -- several songs are well-constructed ballads that rank with his best material -- his earnestness sinks the album. It is one thing to be mature and another to be boring. Too often, Michael mistakes slight melodies for mature craftsmanship and Older never quite recovers. When melodies do pop up, he doesn't deliver them with enough force to make an impact, and the album slowly disappears as a result.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Jesus to a Child
00:06:51

Chris Porter, Engineer - George Michael, Acordeon - George Michael, Arranger - George Michael, Composer - George Michael, Lyricist - George Michael, Performer - George Michael, Producer - George Michael, Vocal - Hugh Burns, Acoustic Baritone Guitar

(P) 1996 G.K. Panayiotou, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

2
Fastlove, Pt. 1 (Part 1)
00:05:24

Andy Hamilton, Saxophone - Chris Porter, Engineer - Dave Clews, Keyboards - Freddie Washington, Composer - Freddie Washington, Lyricist - George Michael, Arranger - George Michael, Composer - George Michael, Keyboards - George Michael, Lyricist - George Michael, Performer - George Michael, Producer - Jo, Background Vocal - John Douglas, Keyboards - John Douglas, Producer - Jon Douglas, Producer - Patrice Rushen, Composer - Patrice Rushen, Lyricist - Teresa McFadden, Composer - Teresa McFadden, Lyricist

(P) 1996 G.K. Panayiotou, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

3
Older
00:05:33

Chris Cameron, Keyboards - Chris Cameron, Piano - Chris Cameron, Strings - Chris Porter, Engineer - George Michael, Acordeon - George Michael, Arranger - George Michael, Composer - George Michael, Lyricist - George Michael, Performer - George Michael, Producer - George Michael, Vocal - Steve Sidwell, Trumpet

(P) 1996 G.K. Panayiotou, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

4
Spinning the Wheel
00:06:21

Alan Ross, Guitar - Chris Davis, Saxophone - Chris Porter, Engineer - Dave Clews, Keyboards - Fayyaz Virji, Trombone - George Michael, Arranger - George Michael, Composer - George Michael, Keyboards - George Michael, Lyricist - George Michael, Performer - George Michael, Producer - John Douglas, Keyboards - John Douglas, Producer - John Thirkell, Flugelhorn - John Thirkell, Trumpet - Jon Douglas, Composer - Jon Douglas, Lyricist - Jon Douglas, Producer - Phil Smith, Saxophone - Stuart Brooks, Flugelhorn - Stuart Brooks, Trumpet

(P) 1996 G.K. Panayiotou, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

5
It Doesn't Really Matter
00:04:50

George Michael, Acordeon - George Michael, Arranger - George Michael, Composer - George Michael, Lyricist - George Michael, Performer - George Michael, Producer - George Michael, Programmer - Niall Flynn, 2nd Engineer - Paul Gomersall, Engineer - Steve McNichol, Programmer

(P) 1996 G.K. Panayiotou, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

6
The Strangest Thing
00:06:01

Chris Porter, Engineer - George Michael, Acordeon - George Michael, Arranger - George Michael, Composer - George Michael, Lyricist - George Michael, Performer - George Michael, Producer - Niall Flynn, 2nd Engineer - Peter Gleadall, Programmer

(P) 1996 G.K. Panayiotou, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

7
To Be Forgiven
00:05:21

Charlie Brocco, Engineer - Danny Jacobs, Guitar - George Michael, Acordeon - George Michael, Arranger - George Michael, Composer - George Michael, Lyricist - George Michael, Performer - George Michael, Producer - Niall Flynn, 2nd Engineer - Peter Gleadall, Programmer

(P) 1996 G.K. Panayiotou, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

8
Move On
00:04:45

George Michael, Acordeon - George Michael, Arranger - George Michael, Composer - George Michael, Lyricist - George Michael, Performer - George Michael, Producer - George Michael, Programmer - Niall Flynn, 2nd Engineer - Paul Gomersall, Engineer - Steve McNichol, Programmer

(P) 1996 G.K. Panayiotou, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

9
Star People
00:05:16

Chris Cameron, Piano - Chris Porter, Engineer - George Michael, Acordeon - George Michael, Arranger - George Michael, Composer - George Michael, Lyricist - George Michael, Performer - George Michael, Producer - George Michael, Programmer - Jo, Vocal - Niall Flynn, 2nd Engineer - Steve McNichol, Programmer

(P) 1996 G.K. Panayiotou, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

10
You Have Been Loved
00:05:29

Chris Cameron, Keyboards - Chris Porter, Engineer - David Austin, Composer - David Austin, Keyboards - David Austin, Lyricist - George Michael, Acoustic Bass - George Michael, Arranger - George Michael, Composer - George Michael, Drums - George Michael, Lyricist - George Michael, Performer - George Michael, Producer - John Douglas, Producer - John Themis, Guitar

(P) 1996 G.K. Panayiotou, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

11
Free
00:03:00

Chris Cameron, Strings - George Michael, Acordeon - George Michael, Arranger - George Michael, Composer - George Michael, Lyricist - George Michael, Performer - George Michael, Producer - George Michael, Programmer - Niall Flynn, 2nd Engineer - Steve McNichol, Programmer

(P) 1996 G.K. Panayiotou, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited

Album Description

Older is the album that many observers initially believed Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 to be -- a relentlessly serious affair, George Michael's bid for artistic credibility. It's an album that makes Listen Without Prejudice sound like Faith. Michael has dispensed with the catchy, frothy dance-pop numbers that brought him fame, concentrating on stately, pretentious ballads -- even "Fastlove," the album's one dance track, lacks the carefree spark of his earlier work. Although Michael's skills as a pop craftsman still shine through -- several songs are well-constructed ballads that rank with his best material -- his earnestness sinks the album. It is one thing to be mature and another to be boring. Too often, Michael mistakes slight melodies for mature craftsmanship and Older never quite recovers. When melodies do pop up, he doesn't deliver them with enough force to make an impact, and the album slowly disappears as a result.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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