Songs from the Last Century

By Jessica Laughren

Sitting in a dimly lit supper club, with a martini in one hand and a cigarette holder in the other, I listen to him croon "Brother Can You Spare a Dime."

This is the scene George Michael’s Songs From The Last Century evokes. Indeed George, you’ve changed. From the artist who brought us such memorable hits as "I Want Your Sex" and "Too Funky," Michael’s newest compilation is an engaging historical review.

From the sultry jazz tune "Wild is the Wind" to the big band sound of "My Baby Just Cares For Me," Michael transports his listeners back to the days of the supper clubs and lounge orchestras. This is his "tip of the hat" to the great songs.

The only familiar song on the album is a rendition of the Police hit "Roxanne." Michael’s crooning version would make even Sting stop and listen.

Songs From The Last Century is a delightful look back at songs of a golden era. Michael introduces a genre of music to a new generation of potential top hats and tails.