Information about the Album:
Patience is the fifth studio album of George Michael. Released on 18 March 2004, it was his first album composed of original material since 1996, and his first for Sony Music since 1990’s Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1.
“Patience,” a sensuous, sprawling meditation on sex, war, grief and commitment. Playful one moment and contemplative the next, the album seemed to give Michael an opportunity to sort out some important truths about pop itself: that our pleasure is not frivolous, and that heavy ideas travel further when they’re floating on bright melodies.
“Patience” was a bigger hit in Europe than it was in the States, so if you weren’t listening then, please listen now. You’ll hear songs about ecstatic bonds (“Amazing”), perilous romances (“Cars and Trains”), dark family secrets (“My Mother Had a Brother), courageous dream chasers (“Flawless (Go to the City)”), deceased lovers (“Please Send Me Someone (Anselmo’s Song)”) and more. It’s dizzying, just like life, and the entire thing is held together by the intimacy of Michael’s vocal delivery — that warm, sandpapery pillow-talk that could soar without warning.
While there are unifying lyrical and musical themes throughout the album, each track is its own entity, scrubbed, polished, and manicured without regard to how it fits alongside the next. 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, which ultimately makes Patience seems twice as long as its actual running time. That’s unfortunate because the core of the album is quite good: it’s hard not to admire his studiocraft, there’s a starkly confessional streak in his writing that’s disarmingly direct, and, as an album, it balances the moody ballads and sleek neo-disco better than Older, feeling much brighter than that claustrophobic affair.
Patience, his first original studio album in eight years, is a mixed bag that can be somewhat of a downer. The album can best be described as one part Red Hot + Dance (Michael contributed three uptempo tracks to the 1992 AIDS compilation, including the hit “Too Funky”) and one part Older.
- Number of weeks in chart: 30 weeks
- Peak Position: #1 (for 1 week)
- Number of weeks in chart: 16 weeks
- Peak Position: #12
“John and Elvis Are Dead”
“Cars and Trains”
“Shoot the Dog”
“My Mother Had a Brother”
“Flawless (Go to the City)”
“Please Send Me Someone (Anselmo’s Song)”
“Patience (Pt. 2)”
- Twenty Five (2006)
- ‘Faith’ proved George Michael was a superstar. ‘Patience’ proved he was a great.
- Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael (1998)
- A Year in the Life of Wham! as Told by George Michael (Smash Hits Yearbook, 1986)
- Older (1996)