Essential Mix

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  • Summary: Former Culture Clubber Boy George has shifted his focus to a different type of club in his new role as DJ. This mix album features a variety of tracks and styles in an hour+ set.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. 90
    Boy George's Essential Mix certainly is unsettling, but only because of its sheer, unexpected brilliance -- which perhaps should not be so surprising, considering George is now a veteran performer on the decks.
  2. George throws a bit of himself into most of these tracks, reworking some of the beats and grooves, adding a few instrumental licks, even the odd vocal, but mostly he just programs a dynamic set that proves he's no dance music dilettante.
  3. In a genre that is often as repetitive as it is flighty, the witty and musically well-informed Essential Mix, though unrevelatory, works beyond the club floor, too.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    Moving breezily, if not masterfully, between disco, raga, house, and two-step, he makes up with good taste for what he lacks in technique. [2/23/01, p.162]
  5. It's pretty much what you'd expect from the diva -- cheesy, danceable and largely forgettable.