CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW - WHAM! - "MAKE IT BIG"
"Make It Big" made the top of the charts and the three of the four singles made number 1, Band Aid prevented the double A sided "Last Christmas/Everything She Wants" from making it four in a row. All the singles were big hits the USA. The first single "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" was a 50s/60s inspired uptempo Rock and Roll/Pop crossover that would encourage every listener to try and stop themselves from singing the infectious chorus! "Careless Whisper" (credited to George Michael for the first time) was the next single and it was the perfect Pop ballad. Breathy vocals from George for the most part with a fabulous saxophone riff throughout the song. Full of emotion and a really classy love song, one of, if not THE best from George in my opinion. The third single "Freedom" was a kind of Motown sounding track, which became a massive hit and the 10th best selling hit in 1984's year end charts. The vocals and melodies changed throughout and maybe wasn't as much a sing-a-long as "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go" but its still a great Pop song. The aforementioned "Everything She Wants" had less airplay than "Last Christmas" due to its release date but for me is one of George's best lyrical songs. I think as a stand alone single it may not have done as well as it is not a catchy Pop song, it doesn't have a catchy chorus, its composition keeps changing in the song, for fans of songwriting like myself though, the lyrics are brilliant.