Culture Club – Colour By Numbers (1983)
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Autumn Colours Artist #1: Culture Club
“Loving would be easy if your colours were like my dreams:
Red, gold, and green”
– Culture Club, Karma Chameleon
While I am quite fond of each of the aforementioned colours, I can’t say I love Colour by Numbers.
That being said, my opinion of the album has been remarkably consistent: listen #1 was on par with listen #5.
Now in the game of golf, “par” is a respectable score for a pro. A “par” score is achieved when a golfer completes the course in the expected number of strokes.
I’d say this album can be considered par for the course: it delivers what can reasonably be expected and doesn’t necessarily thrill or disappoint.
I was impressed that I didn’t grow tired of Karma Chameleon, I had suspected it would get really annoying, really quickly.
It’s an interesting feeling when a song or an album leaves you feeling the same after subsequent listens.
Well crafted records tend to get better with repetition; weaker ones wear increasingly thin. As neither outcome applies here, it appears Colour By Numbers would fall somewhere in between the two.
In terms of my consistent enjoyment, this Culture Club album might also fit between a pair of other consistent-regardless-of-number-of-times-listened ’83 releases, Cyndi Lauper’s She’s So Unusual and Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These).
Surprisingly, if ranked by voice appreciation, I’d go Annie Lennox-Boy George-Cyndi Lauper.
But when it comes to the overall album appreciation, the order would be the inverse.
And there’s a graph of course.