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Through rose tinted glasses,
This review is from: Colour By Numbers (Audio CD)
Few artists divided opinion during the '80's quite as much as Boy George, though musical taste was probably the least divisive element. Parents hated him, older generations didn't 'get it' & pre-teens wondered if they really should be liking music by someone such as this. But amidst all the confusion (driven largely by sexual preference) appeared this wonderful album of timeless pop classics that could rival anything from ABBA or any of the New Romantic bands.
Colour by Numbers is simply one of the finest albums released within the pop genre ever. Not only were George's songs clever, witty & thought provoking but the way they were played & produced surpassed everything around both then, & to a large extent even now.
There is no filler on here, every song is a winner. Of course people will have their favourites but Black Money, Miss Me Blind & It's a Miracle stand out as true classics. Most would be happy to be able to include something close to those tracks in a lifetimes work, but then you have Victims.
George Michael said at the time this was the song he wished he had written, he wasn't alone. It is as close to perfect as a song can get. Musically & lyrically it works on every level, stirs emotion within the listener deeper than any ocean, & importantly never sounds dated. Frankly even the Beatles never came up with a ballad this good (& they weren't bad).
So yes, it is the icing on the top of a very great cake that just keeps on making you want more. Believe me you will get very fat tucking into this gem time & time again. I doubt it's like will ever be baked again.