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4.9 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Beaux Luis ,

Appropriately Titled Mature Album

"Older" is my most favorite George Michael album. With its relevatory lyrics set among engaging Brazilian bossa nova rhythms.
The first single and opening track, "Jesus to a Child" is a beautiful and complicated ode to the transitioning of his Brazilian lover to that big devastating disease, with a small name, that defined a lot of the 80s. Its drone-like beauty was a worldwide smash while the now defunct Dreamworks Records struggled to get American radio even slightly interested in playing it. Once an MTV staple, MTV, sometimes known as the world's largest radio station, stayed away from the equally complicated but compelling music video.
It was like "Fastlove", another provocative song and video, was the first American single. It wasn't. However, its well done visuals fit perfectly into the MTV mode so it did get reasonably good rotation.
Still, programmers dare not truly listen to its lyrical content are it probably would have been banned. Nearly any sexually hormonal being that danced to it, especially gay men, found it to be anthemic. It remains one of my favorite songs and videos today. After "Jesus to a Child", it was the next video I played on Vevo's "George Michael Tribute".
While nearly 20 million fans embraced "Faith" as their favorite, for me "Older" is the creme de la cre'. He became more than another MTV Icon (an award he should have won, if he didn't).
Other songs like the title track and "Star People" analyzed what the word "superstar" had become.
He switches back to his relationship with his partner in the beautiful "To Be Forgiven".
From this album through "Songs from the Last Century" to "Patience" to his last album "Symphonica", we experienced life and growth with him.
Once again, thanks to Oprah, more people became aware of what they were missing out on and the depths of his soul.

maitaipistola ,

Classic

I first heard this album when I was 10 years old and fell in love with it because my parents played it all the time. I am now 30 years old and every time I hear it, it's like the first time. I listen to the album from beginning to end. All songs are amazing. This album will never get old. Thank you George Michael for timeless music ❤️

Samraj786 ,

Flawless

This album is flawless n amazing , while most people loved Patience as their favourite of George's , this was my favourite of his , his music was extremely classy n every time I listed to it , it makes me feel like I was in some exotic location RIP George

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