The title of George Michael’s Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 (1990) was an expression of the then-solo English musician’s wish to be considered a true songwriter, and not just the sex symbol who escorted Wham! into stratospheric fame.
This remastered reissue of the album affirms the success of that endeavour, but it’s the second disc of Michael’s previously unreleased MTV Unplugged show in ’96 which encases it in amber. The simplified arrangements lean on the power of Michael’s harmonic genius; he weaves into and overlaps with his gospel back-up singers with incredibly tender agility, and the purity of his voice is astonishing. Ethereal, fiery, potent and vulnerable, you’ve not experienced your neck hairs lifting until you’ve heard this treasure of a human in this way.
Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 / MTV Unplugged is out now via Sony.