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    Symphonica Island / Virgin EMI

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Review Text Gestating for a long time -- at least two years, although George Michael hasn't released an album for a decade -- Symphonica is a curious way for the pop singer to return to action. A live album recorded on his 2011-2012 tour, Symphonica showcases a singer on the supper club circuit, trading in a few of his big hits, all middle-brow favorites ("Praying for Time," "One More Try," "A Different Corner") and spending a lot of time on songs the audience knows and love, whether it's Ewan MacColl's "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," Anthony Newley's "Feeling Good," or the American Popular Songbook standard "My Baby Just Cares for Me." Michael does indulge in some personal favorites -- —he tackles Terence Trent D'Arby's "Let Her Down Easy" and the deep Elton John track "Idol" -- but the context is something familiar: a popular singer luxuriating in a symphonic setting. He doesn't push the limits of this template, choosing to enjoy the lush surroundings, so this winds up slightly anti-climactic: Michael is in good form but he's coasting, doing no more than he needs to, satisfying fans without surprising. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Through - 5:09
  2. 2. My Baby Just Cares for Me - 2:56
  3. 3. Different Corner - 4:14
  4. 4. Praying for Time - 5:58
  5. 5. Let Her Down Easy - 4:50
  6. 6. First Time Ever I Saw Your Face - 5:24
  7. 7. Feeling Good - 3:15
  8. 8. John and Elvis Are Dead - 5:31
  9. 9. One More Try - 5:14
  10. 10. Cowboys and Angels - 7:24
  11. 11. Idol - 4:29
  12. 12. Brother Can You Spare a Dime - 5:51
  13. 13. Wild Is the Wind - 4:15
  14. 14. You've Changed - 5:44

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