Faith: Special Edition

Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
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  1. Mar 7, 2011
    80
    While the synthesized sheen of '80s pop hasn't held up for everyone, even casual listeners will discover a new appreciation for the artist underneath superficiality and infamy.
  2. Feb 1, 2011
    80
    The album holds up as one of the Eighties' smartest megapop statements, full of passion and surefire hooks.
  3. Feb 1, 2011
    70
    Though the new booklet of liner notes includes an interview in which Michael admits that he was fully aware of and exploring his own identity as a gay man, the album itself now clearly hides more than it reveals.
  4. Jan 27, 2011
    100
    Listening to it today, marvelling at his seemingly effortless way with a tune, it's understandable why it remains a classic of its era.
  5. 100
    He wants our sex, and he can have it.
  6. Jan 27, 2011
    100
    Nearly a quarter-century in, Faith isn't timeless, but it fits into an '80s time capsule where horns, cheesy-sounding drum machines, and four-day-old stubble were the standard.
  7. Uncut
    Feb 8, 2011
    80
    As a reminder of his consummate talent, and a place to start George's comeback, it's hard to beat. [Feb 2011, p.93]
  8. Q Magazine
    Jan 27, 2011
    80
    It feels like a nimble, pleasure-seeking record which takes its grown-up themes in its stride and wants to entertain first and impress second. [Feb 2011, p.126]
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Feb 8, 2011
    8
    In the space of 50 odd minutes George Michael had created a brand new Pop identity, and the true genius of this recording was that he managedIn the space of 50 odd minutes George Michael had created a brand new Pop identity, and the true genius of this recording was that he managed to maintain his original Wham fans, and yet introduce a wide and varied audience of twenty somethings, galvanized by his great voice, some strong songs and an enigmatic presence that would continue throughout his career. http://hackskeptic.com Full Review »
  2. Jan 4, 2013
    8
    Faith is not timeless, but it's one of the greatest pop albums to come out of the 80's. George Michael established himself as a serious popFaith is not timeless, but it's one of the greatest pop albums to come out of the 80's. George Michael established himself as a serious pop star to be reckoned with after escaping the grips of 80's pop duo Wham. Two decades later, Faith is definitely dated, but it's still overall enjoyable and brings back nostalgic memories of a distant pass. Full Review »
  3. Mar 19, 2017
    9
    Easily, one of the best albums of the 80's.

    George Michael knew that the stigma (which was unfair) of being in Wham! could well hinder any
    Easily, one of the best albums of the 80's.

    George Michael knew that the stigma (which was unfair) of being in Wham! could well hinder any attempts at a solo career but what he did with”Faith” was create a clever selection of pop songs with catchy hooks yet introspective lyrics which would allow him to crossover to a variety of listeners of all ages.

    Whilst the production at times may sounds a little dated there are some great songs on this album and whilst I believe his subsequent offerings were much better this was the foundation of his solo career and requires attention.
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