by George MichaelGeorge Michael
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A superbly crafted mainstream pop
ock masterpiece, Faith made George Michael an international solo star, selling over ten million copies in the U.S. alone as of 2000. Perhaps even more impressively, it also made him the first white solo artist to hit number one on the R&B album charts. Michael had already proven the soulful power of his pipes by singing a duet with Aretha Franklin on the 1987 smash "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)," but he went even farther when it came to crafting his own material, using sophisticated '70s soul as an indispensable part of his foundation. Of course, it's only a part. Faith's ingenuity lies in the way it straddles pop, adult contemporary, R&B, and dance music as though there were no distinctions between them. In addition to his basic repertoire of funky dance-pop and airy, shimmering ballads, Michael appropriates the Bo Diddley beat for the rockabilly-tinged title track, and proves himself a better-than-decent torch singer on the cocktail jazz of "Kissing a Fool." Michael arranged and produced the album himself, and the familiarity of many of these songs can obscure his skills in those departments -- close listening reveals his knack for shifting elements in and out of the mix and adding subtle embellishments when a little emphasis or variety is needed. Though Faith couldn't completely shake Michael's bubblegum image in some quarters, the album's themes were decidedly adult. "I Want Your Sex" was the most notorious example, of course, but even the love songs were strikingly personal and mature, grappling with complex adult desires and scarred by past heartbreak. All of it adds up to one of the finest pop albums of the '80s, setting a high-water mark that Michael was only able to reach in isolated moments afterward.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0074644086720
catalogNumber: 40867
Rank: 11454

Album Credits

Performance Credits

George Michael   Primary Artist,Bass,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Shirley Lewis   Background Vocals
John Altman   Horn
J.J. Belle   Guitar
Hugh Burns   Guitar
Chris Cameron   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mark Chandler   Horn
Betsy Cook   Keyboards
Andy Duncan   Percussion
Deon Estus   Bass
Lee Fothergill   Guitar
Malcolm Griffiths   Horn
Roddy Matthews   Guitar
Danny Schogger   Keyboards
Steve Sidwell   Horn
Paul Spong   Horn
Jamie Talbot   Horn
Richard Taylor   Horn
Robert Ahwai   Guitar
Steve Waterman   Horn
Monty   Guitar
Rick Taylor   Horn
Ian Thomas   Drums

Technical Credits

George Michael   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Cover Design
Steve Peck   Engineer,Remixing
Shep Pettibone   Remixing
Paul Gomersall   Contributor
Stylorouge   Cover Design
Chris Porter   Engineer

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