Shawn Reed — Editor-in-Chief
There is something about listening to George Michael that demands the listener wear a smoking jacket and hold a glass of merlot. “Symphonica” is the first album released by the former Wham! member in ten years however the album serves to remind fans just how amazing Michael is live. “Symphonica” is an album best listened to with high quality headphones to appreciate the mature style in which Michael breathes new life into classic arrangements.
The album available in both standard and deluxe versions features Michael during his “Symphonica” tour. Michael backed by a full orchestra does a fine job reminding the listener of how lush arrangements suit the cool tones of his voice, however no new material appears on the album.
“Symphonica” contains mostly covers, and a few new arrangements from 2004’s “Patience” album (“John and Elvis Are Dead” and “Through”) but the album also offers an amazing cover of “Let her down easy” originally released by Terence Trent D’Arby in 1993. Michael’s voice with the ballad seems far more natural than the original D’Arby version.
With the release of “Patience” in 2004, Michael told fans it would be his last album. It seems that not only has the success of “Symphonica” reinvigorated a career that has spanned decades, but Michael is heading into the studio to write and release an album of new material due for release in late 2014, to early 2015.