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Classic Album Review: Boy George | Essential Mix

The Culture Clubber isn't much of a turntablist — but he has some deep crates.

This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Our Boy George goes from the Culture Club to the night club here, unveiling his new musical persona (or at least sideline) as a DJ.

Really, he’s about as talented a plate-spinner as he was a singer — once again, George gets by less on his abilities than on his undeniable style. There’s no fancy turntable work on display here; George’s actual skills seem basically limited to rudimentary beat-matching (which, admittedly, is harder than it seems). But he makes up for it with decent song selection, flowing from oddball novelties like Boogie Macs’ slinky Girl From Ipanema and Aldo Vanucci’s I Warned You Baby to transfixing tracks like VzionsEverybody Jump, creating a low-velocity soundtrack for the VIP chillout room at your next all-night rave. Essential? Hardly. But certainly worthwhile.

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