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George Michael – Faith

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Faith is the debut solo studio album by the English singer George Michael, released on 30 October 1987 by Columbia Records and Epic Records. The album has won several awards including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1989. To date, the album has sold over 25 million copies worldwide,[1] and received diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Faith spawned six top five singles that substantially helped it dominate the charts in 1987 and 1988. In 2003, the album was ranked number 480 on Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In 2012, the album ranked at number 472 on an updated list by the magazine. The album was also notable for reaching number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, making it the first album by a Caucasian artist to hit the top spot on that chart, mainly due to the R&B and funk-leaning singles that were released from the album, most notably “One More Try”, “I Want Your Sex”, and “Father Figure”.

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Michael’s debut album, Faith, was released by Epic Records in the United Kingdom in October 1987. It included the singles “I Want Your Sex”, “Faith” (the Billboard Hot 100 year-end number-one single of 1988 in the United States), “Father Figure”, “One More Try” and “Monkey”. The album peaked at number one in the UK Albums Chart, and was certified 4× Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). It also peaked at number one on the US Billboard 200 and was certified Diamond for sales of over 10 million.

AllMusic Review by Steve Huey
A superbly crafted mainstream pop/rock 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.

 

1. Faith
2. Father Figure
3. I Want Your Sex
4. One More Try
1. Hard Day
2. Hand to Mouth
3. Look at Your Hands
4. Monkey
5. Kissing a Fool

 

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Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm