George Michael Announces First Solo Album in 10 Years
George Michael last put out an album in 2004. Patience, however, followed up Older, which came out in 1996, but now, after a 10-year break, the singer has a new release planned for later this year.
Announced today, Symphonica officially comes out on March 17 through Virgin EMI/Universal Music, and already, a track can be heard through Michael’s official website.
What’s different, however, is most of the release was recorded in 2011 and 2012, and is expected to include both original material and covers of classic songs. The “classics” now include Roberta Flack’ “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” Terence Trent D'Arby's “Let Her Down Easy,” and Elton John's “Idol.”
Along with this approach, Symphonica was produced by both Michael and Phil Ramone. For those that don’t know, Ramone passed away in March 2013 from a brain aneurysm, so this album is considered his last work.
As far as a release is concerned, Symphonica comes out as a 14-track CD, as well as in digital and pure audio Blu-Ray forms. In addition, a deluxe CD with 17 tracks is expected.
Right now, fans have the option of listening to new track “Praying for Time” through Michael’s website. Considering Patience went to No. 1 on the U.K. Album Chart a decade ago, do you think that Michael still has the power and sound to pull such ranks with Symphonica?