Patience (George Michael album)

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Studio album by George Michael
Released 18 March 2004
Recorded 2000–04
Genre Pop, dance, soul
Length 70:15 (UK)
63:09 (US)
Label Sony Music Entertainment
Producer George Michael
George Michael chronology
Songs from the Last Century
Twenty Five
Singles from Patience
  1. "Freeek!"
    Released: 18 March 2002
  2. "Shoot the Dog"
    Released: 29 July 2002
  3. "Amazing"
    Released: 1 March 2004
  4. "Flawless (Go to the City)"
    Released: 28 June 2004
  5. "Round Here"
    Released: 1 November 2004
  6. "John and Elvis Are Dead"
    Released: 3 October 2005
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (60/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]
BBC Music (positive) [3]
Blender 3/5 stars [4]
Entertainment Weekly C [5]
The Guardian 3/5 stars [6]
Houston Chronicle C [7]
Q 4/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars [9]
Stylus Magazine D+ [10]
Uncut 2/5 stars [1][11]
Yahoo! Music UK 4/10 stars [12]

Patience is the fifth studio album by British singer-songwriter George Michael, released in 2004. The much delayed follow-up to Older is considered Michael's comeback album since it was Michael's first album composed of original material since 1996, and his first for Sony Music Entertainment since 1990's Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1. The album spanned six singles. The first two, "Freeek!" and "Shoot the Dog", were already released in 2002 by Polydor, when the album was originally due.

Return to Sony[edit]

On 17 November 2003, George Michael re-signed with Sony Music Entertainment, the company he had left after a legal battle in which Michael claimed that his contract was stifling him and was keeping him in "professional slavery". As a result his contract was sold by Sony to rival record companies Virgin Records and DreamWorks Records on 14 July 1995.

Chart success[edit]

Patience went on sale in most of the world in late March 2004 and debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart, and at #2 in Australia on 22 March. It became one of the fastest selling albums in the UK, selling over 275,000 copies in the first week.[13] The record reached the top five on most other European charts. The album went on sale in the US on 18 May 2004, however it did not contain "Patience Pt. 2" and "Shoot the Dog". It debuted in the US at a rather disappointing #29 but after many TV specials such as on The Oprah Winfrey Show the following week it reached its chart peak of #12. It sold around four million copies worldwide,[13] and contained six singles.

The first single "Freeek!" had already been successful in Europe going to #1 in Italy, Spain and Denmark in March 2002 and reaching top ten in the UK and top five in Australia. It made 22 charts around the world. The album would feature a remastered version called "Freeek! '04".

However, the second single "Shoot the Dog" had proved to be highly controversial when released in July 2002 due to its anti war theme. It was not released as a single in Canada or the US over sensitivity to the 11 September 2001 attacks, and was not included on the Patience album in those countries. While it reached the top five in Spain, Italy and Denmark, it failed to reach the top ten in the UK and its chart performance was disappointing by Michael's career standards.

The third single off Patience was released in March 2004, "Amazing", went to #1 in Italy and Spain. The song reached #4 in the UK and #6 in Australia and made 22 different charts.

The fourth single "Flawless (Go to the City)" was released in June 2004 and performed well in the charts reaching top ten on the UK Singles Chart and peaked at #8. It became a huge dance hit, especially in the US reaching #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs.

In November 2004, Sony released a fifth single from Patience: "Round Here". Featuring the album version as the lead track and the album version of "Patience" as the B-side, the only real lure for fans was the video for "Round Here". The single stalled in the UK charts at #32.

"John and Elvis Are Dead", the sixth and last single was released in October 2005 and only sold through the Internet as a download.


The album makes heavy use of samples. For example. "Freeek!" samples "Try Again" by Aaliyah, "Breathe and Stop" by Q-Tip, and "N.T." by Kool & the Gang. "Shoot the Dog" samples The Human League song "Love Action (I Believe in Love)" and features the same rap interlude. It also features the "Gotta get up!" line taken from George's 1996 hit, "Fastlove" but is not credited for the writing credit goes to Michael already. "Please Send Me Someone (Anselmo's Song)" samples "Moonraker" by John Barry and Hal David. "Flawless (Go to the City)" samples a dance track, originally recorded by The Ones, called "Flawless".


The album contains the anti-war song "Shoot the Dog". When released in July 2002 "Shoot the Dog" had already proved to be controversial. It was highly critical of George W. Bush and Tony Blair in the leadup to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The video showed a cartoon version of Michael astride a nuclear missile in the Middle East and Tony and Cherie Blair in bed with President Bush. The latter image was apparently intended as a homage to the 1986 video for "Land of Confusion" by Genesis. The cartoon was produced by the makers of 2DTV, a satirical animated television show broadcast weekly on ITV (independent television) in the UK.

In an interview with MTV, Michael said the song was primarily intended to highlight what he saw as a lack of consultation by Tony Blair about the decision of invading Iraq. "People are looking at the song in context of an attack on America, as opposed to an attack on Tony Blair. And really, my attack is that Tony Blair is not involving the British in this issue. He's perfectly happy staying up to watch the World Cup and enjoying the Jubilee, all things I'm perfectly guilty of, but there's a serious discussion about Iraq, which hasn't taken place. We don't know what Saddam Hussein is capable of, the British public has no idea."

Final album[edit]

Michael announced that Patience would be his last record on sale to the public. He told BBC Radio 1 on 10 March 2004 that future music that he puts out will be available for download with fans encouraged to make a donation to charity. He said: "I've been very well remunerated for my talents over the years so I really don't need the public's money. I'd like to have something on the Internet which is a charitable download site where anyone can download my music for free. I'll have my favourite charities up there and people will hopefully donate to that." He stated that the decision will put less pressure to produce a new album every so often and allow him to have more of a private life.

Track listing[edit]

UK edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Patience"   Michael 2:53
2. "Amazing"   Johnny Douglas, Michael 4:25
3. "John and Elvis Are Dead"   David Austin, Michael 4:23
4. "Cars and Trains"   Douglas, Michael 5:51
5. "Round Here"   Michael 5:56
6. "Shoot the Dog"   Michael, Philip Oakey, Ian Burden 5:07
7. "My Mother Had a Brother"   Michael 6:17
8. "Flawless (Go to the City) (vs. The Ones)"   Michael, Paul Alexander, Nashom Wooden, Gary Turnier, Eric Matthew, Olivier Stumm 6:51
9. "American Angel"   Ruadhri Cushnan, Niall Flynn, James Jackman, Michael 4:07
10. "Precious Box"   Michael 7:39
11. "Please Send Me Someone (Anselmo's Song)"   Michael 5:26
12. "Freeek! '04"   Cushnan, Flynn, Jackman, Michael 4:28
13. "Through"   Michael 5:22
14. "Patience (Reprise)"   Michael 1:30
Total length:
US edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Patience"   George Michael 2:53
2. "Amazing"   Johnny Douglas, Michael 4:25
3. "John and Elvis Are Dead"   David Austin, Michael 4:23
4. "Cars and Trains"   Douglas, Michael 5:51
5. "Round Here"   Michael 5:54
6. "My Mother Had a Brother"   Michael 6:17
7. "Flawless (Go to the City)"   Paul Alexander, Eric Matthew, Michael, Oliver Stumm, Gary Turnier, Nashom Wooden 6:51
8. "American Angel"   Ruadhri Cushnan, Niall Flynn, James Jackman, Michael 4:07
9. "Precious Box"   Michael 7:39
10. "Please Send Me Someone (Anselmo's Song)"   John Barry, Hal David, Michael 5:26
11. "Freeek! '04"   Ronald Bell, Robert Bell, George Brown, Cushnan, Flynn, Roy Handy, Horne, Jackman, Michael 4:28
12. "Through"   Michael 4:55
Total length:
  • An alternative version of "Please Send Me Someone", the B-side to "Flawless (Go to the City)", appears only on Japanese pressings of the album.


  • Eugene Adebari - Photography
  • David Arnold - Orchestration
  • David Austin - Composer, Keyboards, Main Personnel, Programming
  • Joanna Bailey - Direction
  • Michael Brown - Guitar, Main Personnel
  • Jo Bryant - Main Personnel, Vocals (Background)
  • Joel Bryant - Vocals (Background)
  • Chris Cameron - Main Personnel, Piano
  • Tony Cousins - Mastering
  • Tom Coyne - Mastering
  • Ruadhri Cushnan - Arranger, Composer, Keyboards, Main Personnel, Producer, Programming
  • Hal David - Composer
  • Andy Davies - Assistant Engineer
  • James Dimmock - Photography
  • Johnny Douglas - Drum Programming, Keyboards, Main Personnel, Producer
  • Niall Flynn - Arranger, Audio Engineer, Composer, Engineer, Producer
  • Dan Gautreau - Pro-Tools
  • Pete Gleadall - Keyboards, Main Personnel, Programming
  • James Jackman - Arranger, Composer, Drum Programming, Keyboards, Main Personnel, Photography, Producer
  • Greg Jakobek - Design
  • Abid Katib - Photography
  • Eric Matthew - Composer
  • George Michael - Arranger, Audio Production, Bass, Composer, Design, Drum Programming, Guitar, Guitar (Bass), Keyboards, Main Personnel, Piano, Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals
  • Adam Noble - Assistant Engineer
  • Phil Palmer - Guitar, Main Personnel
  • Jack Panayiotou - Photography
  • Graham Silbiger - Guitar (Bass), Main Personnel
  • Luke Smith - Main Personnel, Wurlitzer, Wurlitzer Piano
  • Ben Smithard - Photography
  • Oliver Stumm - Composer
  • Gary Turnier - Composer
  • Ellen Von Unwerth - Photography

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[14]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
Call Off the Search by Katie Melua
UK number one album
27 March 2004 – 2 April 2004
Succeeded by
Confessions by Usher
Preceded by
Feels like Home by Norah Jones
European Top 100 Albums
3–10 April 2004 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
Anastacia by Anastacia
Preceded by
Samotność po zmierzchu by Ania
Polish Albums Chart number-one album
8 – 28 March 2004 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
Znaki szczególne by Maanam
Preceded by
The Platinum Collection by Mina
Italian albums chart
18 March 2004
Succeeded by
Convivendo parte 1 by Biagio Antonacci
Preceded by
Feels like Home by Norah Jones
Swedish Albums Chart number-one album
26 April 2004
Succeeded by
Baby Dry Your Eye by Marit Bergman
Preceded by
Swan Lee by Swan Lee
Danish Albums Chart number-one album
26 March 2004 – 2 March 2004 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
Anastacia by Anastacia
Preceded by
Feels like Home by Norah Jones
Dutch Albums Chart number-one album
3 April 2004
Succeeded by
Feels like Home by Norah Jones


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  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ BBC Music review
  4. ^ Blender review[dead link]
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  6. ^ The Guardian review
  7. ^ Houston Chronicle review
  8. ^ Q Magazine, Apr 2004, p.104
  9. ^ Slant Magazine review
  10. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  11. ^ Uncut review
  12. ^ Yahoo! Music UK review at the Wayback Machine (archived August 16, 2004)
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  25. ^ Accreditations. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
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  27. ^ Awards 2004. Retrieved 3 May 2011.
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