Cheapness & Beauty

Lead Performer: Boy George

The ”cheapness” in the title of Boy George’s umpteenth comeback shot refers to its slew of trashy rockers — a cabaret-metal costume ball that the deeper-voiced Boy throws himself into with leering abandon, even when he’s attacking the religious right. The ”beauty” portion consists of a few Culture Club-style beauties. His heartbroken AIDS tribute may be drenched in soupy strings, but this is still his best solo work — for what that’s worth anymore. A-

Originally posted September 8 1995 — 12:00 AM EDT

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