8 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Talk about a mission statement — when Andrew Ridgeway and George Michael titled their 1984 sophomore album Make It Big, they laid their ambitions bare. The two New Wave Romeos who constituted Wham! designed their music to fit the ‘80s airwaves perfectly, and George Michael’s boyish good looks and cheeky charm gave them the added push to reach the top. Now that the hype is history, Make It Big can be appreciated for its smoothly-buffed melodies, glossy arrangements and overall hedonistic mood. Buoyant tracks like “Freedom” and “Credit Card Baby” carry an irresistible sugar rush, conveyed by gliding keyboards and Motown-inspired rhythms. Best along these lines is “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” an effervescent dollop of ear candy you can’t help but bop along to. Even more central to the album’s mystique is “Careless Whisper,” a torchy ballad that captures Michael’s blossoming charisma. Wham! slinks to a techno-funk groove on “Everything She Wants” and rides a spurt of neo-bubblegum energy on “Like A Baby.” A truly seminal example of ‘80s mass-appeal pop.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Talk about a mission statement — when Andrew Ridgeway and George Michael titled their 1984 sophomore album Make It Big, they laid their ambitions bare. The two New Wave Romeos who constituted Wham! designed their music to fit the ‘80s airwaves perfectly, and George Michael’s boyish good looks and cheeky charm gave them the added push to reach the top. Now that the hype is history, Make It Big can be appreciated for its smoothly-buffed melodies, glossy arrangements and overall hedonistic mood. Buoyant tracks like “Freedom” and “Credit Card Baby” carry an irresistible sugar rush, conveyed by gliding keyboards and Motown-inspired rhythms. Best along these lines is “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” an effervescent dollop of ear candy you can’t help but bop along to. Even more central to the album’s mystique is “Careless Whisper,” a torchy ballad that captures Michael’s blossoming charisma. Wham! slinks to a techno-funk groove on “Everything She Wants” and rides a spurt of neo-bubblegum energy on “Like A Baby.” A truly seminal example of ‘80s mass-appeal pop.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
294 Ratings

294 Ratings

fo shizzle. fo sho. ,

don't leave me hanging on just like a yo yo.

basically numero uno on this album is the best thing ever written in the history of mankind.
joking but its pretty close.

Brynn and Sawyer's Mama ,

Gotta love the 80s!

Seeing this CD brings me right back to the days in 4th grade when I kept this tape in my desk at school and brought it often to make the other girls jealous because we all had crushes on George Michael! I love Careless Whisper, and Wake Me Up is one of the best songs of the 80s. Yea!!!

total wham fan! ,

my all time favorite cd

i've been listening to this cd since it came out, and i have been in love with each and every song for over 20 years. "careless whisper" is my favorite on the cd, and my #1 favorite song! trust me, this cd is upbeat and is still download worthy-the whole thing! i dare you not to dance and sing along. :)

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