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This Is What I Do (Deluxe Version)

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The U.K. newspaper The Guardian calls Boy George’s first album in 18 years “the comeback of the year.” Considering the life that Boy George has lived in the interim—from arrests and 12-step groups to the two autobiographies, the Tony-nominated musical Taboo, and his fashion label B Rude—it’s a wonder that he ever found his way back to music. Yet from the opening track, “King of Everything,” where he’s looking to make amends with those who were caught in his self-destructive ways, to the smoother reggae song of acceptance “Live Your Life,” George here sings in tones that range from a lower, warmer croon to a lighter, airier attack that suggest that, at 52, he still has plenty left. “My God” comes close to mainstream singer/songwriter soul, while “It’s Easy” blossoms into orchestrated easy listening. The album's second half centers on reggae grooves (“My Star,” “Love and Danger”) that let George take it smooth. The bonus tracks on the deluxe version include covers of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” and Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games.”

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Boy George He Does It Very Well

When Boy George made his grand entry as the singer of New Wave misfits Culture Club, few thought that his androgynous frumpiness would still be a formidable force three decades later. But through the years, Boy George never lost his voice – both figuratively and literally.

As big a personality as his well-honed vocals, he still sings about issues, but instead of a wide-eyed innocence and bombastic naiveté, there’s a certain worldly weariness and wisdom that one can only assume was aged through his own embattled public persona. Tackling such topics as homophobia in “Live Your Life,” career regret in “King of Everything,” and religion’s narrow worldview in “My God,” he sings with a conviction that that punctuates his newfound husky, gruff baritone.

Boy George dabbles in orchestral epic songs like aforementioned “King of Everything,” Staples Singers-styled soul in “Bigger Than War,” the harmony-laden country of “It’s Easy,” and the torch of “Death of Samantha,” but he excels most when he pulls out the calypso and reggae that made his ‘80s and ‘90s oeuvre (1982’s “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” 1983’s “Karma Chameleon,” and 1998’s “I Just Want to Be Loved,” among so many others) so memorable. Island riddims permeate songs like “Live Your Life” and “Love and Danger” and the Jamaican jam “My Star,” showcasing his mastery of the genre. The U.S. release comes as an expanded deluxe edition with three extra tracks, including the horn-filled Western hoedown of “Turn on a Little Light for Me” and his gorgeous cover of “Video Games” (Lana Del Rey’s pretentious original doesn’t even compare).

“This Is What I Do” is a career-turning point for Boy George, and if this album is any indication of what he does, the good news is that he does it very well.

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Biography

Born: June 14, 1961 in Eltham, Kent, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

British singer Boy George combined a strong, soulful singing voice with a provocative sense of fashion, both of which were first brought to the attention of English and American audiences in the group Culture Club, for whom he served as lead singer from 1982 to 1986. The group wrote and played impeccable pop music, and Boy George's androgynous persona — heavy makeup and outrageous costumes — gave the group a distinct video image in the dawn of MTV. That very distinctiveness, however,...
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  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, Dance
  • Released: Oct 28, 2013

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