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Boy George,
Ordinary Alien Ultra Records, Feb. 1

03/10/11



We’ve seen some ’80s artists (Pet Shop Boys and Gary Numan for two) reboot themselves nicely for the ringtone era, while others (endless list) haven’t managed the segue so well. The first LP since 2002 from this forgotten billboard for androgyny falls right in the middle, a mixed bag of decentness (the house beats are nearly all appropriately Ultra Records-centric) and not-so-greatness, the latter owing to a few lyrical missteps, particularly the muttonheaded “Yes We Can,” complete with samples of Barack Obama speeches (George must be kicking himself now, with Obama siding against gay marriage; but then again, with lyrics this clueless, native to past superstars who were/are the People cover story every week, I doubt the guy watches even network news). Some goth-ish EBM curveballs here for the darker moments (“Seconds” and the Bowie-copying “Psychology of the Dreamer”), runway-model techno for fluff (a Tiesto-like DJ-readied version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way”).

B-  —Eric W. Saeger






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