Patience - George Michael
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  • Summary: Patience is indeed a requirement for fans of the former Wham! member, as this is just his fourth solo album of original material and first in eight years.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. It is by turns funny, dark, ridiculous, exhilarating and -- most strikingly of all -- relentlessly personal. [Apr 2004, p.104]
  2. It gives the listener an awful lot to plough through, but anyone willing to persevere will find George Michael's finest work is buried within it.
  3. 70
    An oddly experimental record, prioritising texture over tune and betraying a river-deep confessioinal streak. [Apr 2004, p.103]
  4. There's an excessive attention to detail to each song, and that tunnel vision means each song runs about a minute or two longer than it should.... That's unfortunate because the core of the album is quite good.
  5. Patience is far too long to hold my attention, and nowhere near as consistent as either Older or Listen without Prejudice Vol.1, but there are moments here which surpass the strongest songs on either of those previous classics.
  6. Baring your tortured soul is one thing, but unleashing a barrage of self-pitying ballads and expecting people to listen is a test of even the most open-minded fan's patience. [4 June 2004, p.80]
  7. 40
    Deeply average. [Apr 2004, p.91]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Go-goAngel
    Jan 9, 2006
    I think it's amazing, like no other! Probably one of the best albums of 2004. I recommend, to people who wish to purchase this album, that you should listen to the songs; "precious box" , "amazing", "flawless", "shoot the dog", "freeek", "Send me someone to love" and "cars and trains". Expand
  2. SammyJ
    Jul 22, 2004
    Patience is the most honest thing Mr. Michael has written. I love Amazing and American Angel. Through and My Mother Had a Brother are fantastic songs of heart ache and pain and i love to hear his voice no matter what style or song he is singing because he has the best vocal voice i have ever heard. Expand
  3. OnurU
    Nov 18, 2005
    flawless, absolutely flawless...
  4. Adam
    May 27, 2004
    After reading the "professional" reviews one thing keeps resounding in my mind: I only want to hear from an artist who reveals and is personal and that is exactly what George has offered. We don't need more music whores pandering to a facile public whilst filling the pockets of industry executives. Expand
  5. NseE
    Aug 27, 2004
    This is a great cd. Yes, there are a couple of duff tracks like 'John and Elvis are dead' and 'Freeek', and some songs tend to be a bit monotonous and drag on and on, but put that aside and you find a mature, deeply affecting cd with moments of brilliance like the tender, beautiful 'Amazing', 'My mother had a brother' (really moving and tender), and the stomping dancefloor numbers 'Flawless', and 'Precious box'. You feel a bit of pain in George's lyrics, but hope shining through as well. Great!! Expand
  6. JoeS
    May 27, 2004
    One of, if not the best. His wide ranging voice is not challenged in the least with some of the amazingly difficult vocals. Starts off a little slow, but builds upon itself. A true masterpiece Expand
  7. SteveS
    Jun 9, 2004
    Some good stuff, but (what's new?) too many tracks and some baaaad ones. Love "Precious Box"

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