The new George Michael single, An Easier Affair, seems to be a good choice to celeberate the successful sell-out of the European leg of his 25 Live tour, which in turn celebrates his 25 years in the music industry. Why? Because for the first time in one of his songs, George seems to be making both musical and lyrical references to some of his past hit songs, in a kind of musical celebration of the body of work he's amassed so far.
In the past, George has occasionally enjoyed playing with references to other people's songs, but An Easier Affair seems almost packed with references to his own songs. I'm hearing references in melody, arrangement, and lyrics to a number of songs, including Amazing, Fastlove, Freeek! and Careless Whisper.
How many can you spot?