Wednesday, March 26, 2008

531. Culture Club - Colour By Numbers (1983)

Track Listing

1. Karma Chameleon
2. It's A Miracle
3. Black Money
4. Changing Every Day
5. That's The Way (I'm Only Trying To Help You)
6. Church Of The Poison Mind
7. Miss Me Blind
8. Mister Man
9. Stormkeeper
10. Victims


Get the strains of the opening track out of your head, because even though it is a great song, the fact that the rest of the tracks are not as well known permits one to have a fresh approach to the "oeuvre" of the Culture Club.

And you suddenly realise that the album is not bad at all. It consists of a kind of repackaging of Soul for the 80s. And it kind of works, it is not an amazing album, but it is much better than I was honestly expecting.

Nothing on the album is as immediately single-friendly as Karma Chameleon, and that is actually a good thing, as that's maybe a bit too single-friendly. The lyrics are also nothing to write home about, but the album is all in all pretty pleasant stuff to listen to, listen to it, you might be surprised.

Track Highlights

1. Karma Chameleon
2. Victims
3. Church Of The Poison Mind
4. Black Money

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

The album sold more than 16 millions copies worldwide and, like its predecessor, contained several hit singles. Released worldwide "Church Of The Poison Mind" went Top 10 in UK, USA, Canada, Australia and many European countries. "Karma Chameleon", however, was the signature track from the album and charted #1 almost everywhere. "Victims" was released in Europe and Oceania only but was a surprising Top 5 hit in the UK and Australia for an orchestral ballad. "Miss Me Blind" was released in Japan, Australia, plus North and South America with great success (Top 5 in Canada and USA). "It's A Miracle" was issued next almost everywhere, while "Mister Man" was released only in South Africa.

You've all seen Karma Chameleon, so here's Church of the Poisoned Mind:

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