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U Can Never B2 Straight

Boy George Audio CD
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This Is What I Do


Put on the spot on a TV show and asked the title of his next album, Boy George blurted out This Is What I Do. It wasn't as random as this story suggests, the title was one of a few being mulled over, but the decision was instant and it has stuck.

The simple statement of fact - This Is What I Do - is telling and significant because so much has gone on over the years to actually ... Read more in Amazon's Boy George Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (5 Aug 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00006AFUO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Ich Bin KunstBoy George 2:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. St. ChristopherBoy George 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. She Was Never HeBoy George 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Cheapness And BeautyBoy George 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Fat CatBoy George 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. If I Could FlyBoy George 4:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Unfinished BusinessBoy George 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. JulianBoy George 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. WrongBoy George 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Letter To A School FriendBoy George 3:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The DealBoy George 4:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Losing ControlBoy George 3:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Same Thing In ReverseBoy George 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Il AdoreBoy George 6:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Bow Down MisterJesus Loves You 6:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Out Of FashionBoy George 6:290.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description


At first glance, Culture Club’s DJ-ing Don of Drag Queen Pop seems an unlikely candidate for the "unplugged" treatment of U Can Never Be 2 Straight. But no-one ever suggested that Boy George couldn’t carry a tune and--despite the dance beats and glossy synth textures getting replaced here by acoustic and steel guitars, fiddles and gentle horns--the music is essentially no different to the MOR pop that he and Culture Club are famous for. And that, in the end, is the problem. Opening track "Ich Bin Kunst" ("I Am Art") initially leads us down a different path, being a ludicrously camp romp through Brel/Brecht alt-cabaret territory, complete with George self-dramatising his sexuality and shock value to the point of parody. But it’s a red herring: the rest of the set is dominated by love confessionals (much of it aimed, by suggestion at least, at straight men who don’t know what they want) over innocuous new tunes and reworkings of past solo, Culture Club and Jesus Loves You nuggets. If "Fat Cat"’s bitchy metaphors at least ripple the bland surface, then the rest is predictable and samey--apart from a rehash of old Hare Krishna tribute "Bow Down Mister", which many would suggest should’ve been left where it was. --Garry Mulholland

BBC Review

There's good news for everyone here. For Boy George diehards this album represents the closest yet that our hero has ever come to truly baring his soul in music. For the rest of us it represents possibly the most tasteful, tuneful and delightfully low key return to form by an 80s icon that we've yet to see. While many things spring to mind when George O'Dowd's name crops up - assured synth-pop, DJ sets at Ministry Of Sound, flirtation with religious iconography - it's surely not what you're expecting from this venture into public exorcism. For George has turned acoustic singer-songwriter. And it's no bad thing at all.

The first track "Ich Bin Kunst" (stop sniggering at the back) is no indication of what's to come, with its Brechtian Cabaret vibe and self-deprecating humour concerning the childhood days of the Boy himself. Track 2 gives the game away. "St Christopher" gently swings to a jazzy acoustic guitar and resembles nothing less than prime period Joni Mitchell. This theme of spare, unplugged arrangements continues throughout, allowing George's poignant autobiographical tales to shine in much more honest and relaxed settings. "She Was Never A He" tells the tale of a friend coming to terms with his sexuality in a way that seems far more credible than if he had chosen to set it against a track more reminiscent of a dancefloor filler at the Wag Club in 1981. This is the key. George really is moving on, and by doing so seems to be genuinely developing his skills as a songwriter as well as performer.

The stark accompaniment only betrays him once or twice. Most noticeably on "Julian" where his attempts at 'tortured' push his vocal chords into places they were never meant to go. Elsewhere a whole gamut of styles are gently moulded to his purpose, from the flamenco of "She Was Never A He" to the West Coast country twang of "Losing Control" or folky swing of "Same Thing In Reverse". With four of these songs re-workings of tracks from Cheapness And Beauty - his last Virgin album - and also with a new version of Jesus Loves You's "Bow Down Mister", George is obviously not afraid to stick to his guns and say 'I told you' so to previous detractors. What is refreshing is that he's right on every count. These are songs that demonstrate a mature talent at work - both vocally and lyrically. --Chris Jones

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise 17 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
I've always been a moderate Boy George fan, thought Cheapness and Beauty was good (if a little pretentious). This album (You Can Never Be Too Straight) is possibly one of the best albums I have bought this year. I was concerned about being ripped off with the older songs being re-used, but after listening to the album, I can say I now understand why. As a collection of work, the album is powerful and solid, tragic and inspiring. LIstening to it, is an experience, one I would highly recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can u ever be 2 straight ? 16 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
Well I was apprehensive as I had heard some quibbles about the songs on the CD all being old, previously recorded tracks, but I LOVE IT :)
There are new tracks , plus a bonus track of Out Of Fashion from Taboo , which is fabulous, ( you have to have it on loud tho !) There are songs such as Cheapness & Beauty , Same Thing In Reverse that sound new, they are very lively and lift your spirits. On , If I could fly you hear George giggle which is funny but then the emotion in the song is so serious , another definate weepie is Ill Adore , a very moving song indeed , where Georges beautifull, soulfull voice envelopes you in its sound and intensity. You feel like your sat in his front room and hes sat next to you singing.
For any George fans , its a must , For anyone who likes ballards , love songs, try it you might just like it
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From A Boy To A Man 5 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to belive that it's been seven years since Boy George's last studio album Cheapness & Beauty , but if it takes that long to produce such a good album I don't mind waiting another severn years till the next .
Givern his wit and Multi media presence ( Behind a turntable , In front of a TV camera or on a West End stage ) it's not suprising that it is often forgotten that Mr O'Dowd is actuley a very good songwriter .
This intimately delivered album , is a change from past efforts and would not be out of place being titled Boy George Unplugged .
Adopting a Somthing Old Somthing New Somthing Borrowed and Somthing Blue philosophy , George brings new life to overlooked Gems like Unfinshed Business and Culture Club's Fat Cat , The odd tune from TABOO ( George's West End Show ) and hit's you like a curveball on the smokey St Christopher .
The dylanesque You Are The Deal is a timeless piece , instantly affecting you like all his best songs , almost painfully confessional . The album as a whole is an Excellent Piece , and has been written fearlessly in Blood and Tears . If a real fan or just simply intrested , this album comes highly recomended and without any doubt will be the top of any CD Collection .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Boy stripped bare 8 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
Boy George one the industrys most colourful and out spoken artists releases this his first studio album since Cheapness &Beauty in 1995. U Can Never Be 2 Straight is boy stripped to the bone and George at his very best. This album by far is one of his best works. The album features 5 tracks from Cheapness and Beauty which in my view are very under rated and richely deserved to be given the chance of an second hearing, plus two tracks Ich Bin Kunst & Wrong from his smash hit musical Taboo. But most of the album consists of new tracks such as Julian and Letter From A School Friend that will have u taking a personnel journey with George , each song on this albium has the ability to stire emotions within even the hardest of hearts and cannot fail to touch the soul. Georges soulful voice mixed with the air of vunability only serves to add that extra special something to bring the songs to life and reach out and touch u.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boy George back with a bang! 7 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Boy George's first solo album of the new millenium is a collection of truely amazing songs! The mix of new material, re-recorded favourites, pieces from 'Taboo' and un-touched classics such as 'Bow Down Mister' & 'Same Thing In Reverse' form a record you could simply describe as "Boy George to the bone". Each track is full of raw emotion and excellence. It proves that George has not lost any of his talent for producing fine pop music and I'm sure he will achieve huge amounts of praise for this fantasic CD!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This album has to be the best to come from George since the last album, Cheapness & Beauty back in 1995. Some fans may complain that they are getting ripped off, but I would disagree. Inch Bin Kunst is fantastic, and George is successfully doing his rounds at Taboo especially with this track. She Was Never He, Cheapness & Beauty, Fat Cat, If I could Fly and Unfinished Business which are featured on other albums appear on this one and sound just as good. This album is very autobiographical, it can be very sad but also very uplifting especially with tracks such as Bow Down Mister.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Basics 19 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the George album I've been waiting for.The album that shows his songwriting abilities and lets you hear that voice!
George has to be the most underated vocalist this country has and the acoustic feel of this album pushes those vocals to the fore.While I love all the tracks on this "DEAL" has always been one of my fave songs and finally it gets a release.After nearly 20 years of being a major fan i admit to have lapsed since Cheapness and Beauty , but this is the album to drag me back in.Buy it now, you wont regret it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow! 12 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Not being familiar with some of the reworked tune on this album, I found it fresh and mellow... The lyrics are often sad but somehow the orchestrations just make it very easy to listen to.
"Bow Down Mister" seems very current in those fashionable bollywood times and the songs from Taboo (Ich Bin Kunst & the "hidden" Out of Fashion) are either very funny or very powerful.
Loved it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
I really like this album a lot. The folksy and flamenco guitar sounds and the use of strings really enhance and enable Boy George to pour his heart out. Read more
Published 12 months ago by AsianCharm
5.0 out of 5 stars ICH BIN KUNST ?
This is a great Boy George album, he does what he does best, which is jumping from style to style and yet the whole album is cohesive and full of surprises especially the song... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Paul Bridgeman Swansea
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!
MY MUM LOVES THIS ALBUM. I found it the other day for her and decided to give it a try as she felt a little cheated by the latest offering by BOY George. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Archers fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Boy what a surprise
Even though Im a huge Boy george fan, i was a little unsure of buying this album. I had already heard a few songs of Cheapness and beauty that was very rock n roll, (nothing wrong... Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album NOW!!!
Being the first solo Boy George album that I purchased, I was a little unsure of what to expect. However, this album is fantastic and as we would expect from George, every song is... Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2005 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Play it again George!
Love Boy George...love everything he does....sheer genius...yes there's a but! I think it's time to put past play toys away and move on. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2005
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed Anticipation
As a devout disciple of the George, i was VERY disappointed to find there aren't any upbeat songs on the album, nothing to really get into. Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2004 by Vince Edward Estepp
5.0 out of 5 stars U cud never dismiss this album!
U Can Never B2 Straight is a fab collection of songs, all very personal and in the confessional style, so only buy it being aware of that. Read more
Published on 19 April 2003 by "kavanalips"
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I ran out and purchased this CD thinking only about how wonderful BG's past work has been. I was truly disappointed. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2003 by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars U CAN NEVER B2 STRAIGHT
Everytime I listen to each song it is just so extraordinary! Each song with it's own identity..I can visualize him singing (St Christopher) so much attitude and love went into this... Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2002 by Gail
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