Released more than two years after Waking Up With the House on Fire derailed Culture Club's hit-making ways, This Time gathers the songs of one of the most successful pop bands of the '80s. All the U.S. hits are included (save for "Mistake No. 3," which is understandable). From the buoyant "Karma Chameleon" and the Motown-inspired "Church of the Poison Mind" to the breezy "Time (Clock of the Heart" and the new wave torch song "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me," listening to This Time is like being in 1983 again. Additionally, the collection includes non-album tracks like 12" mixes of "I'll Tumble 4 Ya" and "Miss Me Blind/It's a Miracle" and the lovely ballad "Love Is Love." For casual fans, This Time is all the Culture Club a listener would want, but 1993's At Worst...The Best of Boy George and Culture Club, which also adds several Boy George solo hits, would be recommended for those with more interest.
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AllMusic Review by Tom Demalon