The title of George Michael's new solo album obviously refers to the patience with which we've waited for this CD, his first of original material since 1996's "Older." It's not as consistent as that record, but it does feature some of Michael's most personal and inspired work. There are some great tunes, a few good ones, and a couple boring ones, resulting in an overall worthwhile effort. The kickoff single, "Amazing," is an unpretentious, guitar flavored pop song that deserved its Top Ten status in Britain. "Flawless (Go to the City)" is a flamboyant, 6-minute disco stomper that has the word "hit" all over it, and "American Angel" is a touching love song about his Texas boyfriend. Every George Michael CD has at least one tearjerker of a ballad, and on this CD, that song is definitely "My Mother Had a Brother," which addresses the suicide of his uncle. If this track doesn't make you misty in the eyes, you better make sure you still have a pulse. But at 70 minutes, it seems a bit weighed down by only a couple filler tracks. More interesting, is that the American version of "Patience" doesn't have the anti-war "Shoot the Dog," a scathing diatribe against George Bush and Tony Blair. I guess that Sony reasoned that it would hurt George's American sales by including such a politically charged song in a time when 1) Iraq is currently in a state of turmoil and 2) during an election year. Still, this CD deserves to be as much a hit on these shores as the UK, where it already went to Number One. It's not perfect, but make no mistake: this "Patience" is a virtue.