Picks and Pans Review: Compilation of the Week George Michael, Twentyfive

updated 04/21/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/21/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

He's played himself on ABC's Eli Stone this year. And he's gearing up for his first North American tour in 17 years this summer. Now this new two-CD retrospective, marking his 25th anniversary in the music biz, shows just how major a pop icon Michael has been—shades, stubble and all. Disc 1 is "For Living," featuring uptempo songs like "Faith," while Disc 2 is "For Loving," with ballads like "Father Figure." The set has most of the hits (including Wham! faves such as "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"), but it also has several new tracks and the rare gem "As," his Stevie Wonder cover with Mary J. Blige. And it will give you a chance to catch up on some of the sorely overlooked work from Michael's past three albums.

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