The Martyr Mantras

The Martyr Mantras is the only studio album by Jesus Loves You and the fourth studio album by Boy George. It was credited to Jesus Loves You worldwide except in North America, where it was credited to Boy George upon its release there in 1991.

The Martyr Mantras
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Studio album by
Released3 September 1990
Recorded1988−90
Genre
LabelMore Protein/Virgin
Producer
Jesus Loves You chronology
High Hat
(1989)
'''The Martyr Mantras'''
(1990)
Cheapness and Beauty
(1995)
Singles from The Martyr Mantras
  1. "One on One"
    Released: 1990
  2. "Bow Down Mister"
    Released: 1991
  3. "Generations of Love"
    Released: 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars link

CompositionEdit

The Martyr Mantras contains many dance-orientated tracks, most of them with an electronic production. It is partly a collection of some of the songs that were released as one-off singles many months before ("No Clause 28" in 1988, "After the Love" in 1989, "Generations of Love" and "One On One" in 1990). The lead single was the Indian and house mash-up "Bow Down Mister" which reached the Top 30 in the UK Singles Chart.

George's songwriting credits are also on another alias, as "Angela Dust".[citation needed]

Critical receptionEdit

In a contemporaneous review in Keyboard, Jim Aikin described the album as "blue-eyed soul for the '90s". He added that "[George] updates his British R&B roots very effectively with hip-hop beats and techno tricks". Aikin also noted that, whatever the mood of any particular track, "you feel that George is sincere".[1]

In a retrospective review for AllMusic, William Ruhlmann found the music to be "largely anonymous, if danceable", but singled out "Bow Down Mister" as an exception.[2]

Commercial performanceEdit

The Martyr Mantras was not a strong seller, only reaching #60 on the UK Albums Chart. Although it did fare better in European countries,[citation needed] The Martyr Mantras failed to enter the US Billboard Top 200.[3]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Generations of Love" (Oakenfold Mix) (Angela Dust, Caron Geary, Simon Rogers)
  2. "One on One" (Brydon L.P. Mix) (Dust, Mark Brydon)
  3. "Love's Gonna Let U Down" (Popcorn Mix) (Dust, Brydon)
  4. "After the Love" (Ten Glorious Years Mix) (Dust, Jon Moss)
  5. "I Specialise in Loneliness" (Dust, John Themis)
  6. "No Clause 28" (Pascal Gabriel Mix) (Boy George O'Dowd, Glenn Nightingale, Ian Maidman, Richie Stevens, Steve Fletcher)
  7. "Love Hurts" (L.P. Mix) (Dust, Bruce Forest, Richard Cottle)
  8. "Siempre Te Amare" (Dust)
  9. "Too Much Love" (Dust, Brydon)
  10. "Bow Down Mister" (Dust)
  11. "Generations of Love" (Seventies Mix) (CD only)

PersonnelEdit

Production

  • Simon Rogers – producer (track 1 & 11)
  • Mark Brydon – producer (tracks 2 & 3)
  • Angela Dust – producer (tracks 4 & 9)
  • Jon Moss – producer (track 4)
  • John Themis – producer (track 5)
  • Bobby Z – producer (track 6)
  • Jeremy Healy – producer (track 6)
  • Bruce Forest – producer (tracks 7 & 10)
  • Zeo – producer (track 8)

ChartsEdit

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[4] 13
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[5] 44
UK Albums (OCC)[6] 60

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Aikin, Jim, "In Review" Keyboard Volume 17, Number 7 (Issue #181) May 1991, page 17
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "The Martyr Mantras". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Artist Search for "boy george"". AllMusic.
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Jesus Loves You – The Martyr Mantras" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved May 7, 2021.
  5. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Jesus Loves You – The Martyr Mantras" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved May 7, 2021.
  6. ^ "Jesus Loves You | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.