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  • Audio CD (28 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Very Me Records
  • ASIN: B00F05P8J8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
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Boy George, universally recognised as one of our generation's most iconic artists, is back with a thrilling new studio album of original material, his first in 18 years! 'This Is What I Do' is to be released on his own 'Very Me' Record Label via Kobalt Label Services on 28th October and will be supported by live dates in the UK.

'This Is What I Do' features a string of guest musicians including DJ Yoda, Kitty Durham (Kitty Daisy & Lewis), Ally McErlaine (Texas / Red Sky July), MC Spee (Dreadzone) and Nizar Al Issa, many of whom will perform as George's band on his live dates.

'This Is What I Do' was written by George and longtime writing partners John Themis, Kevan Frost and Richie Stevens (Soul II Soul, Tina Turner, Simply Red, Culture Club). Richie Stevens also produced the record at London's Cowshed Studios. The album also features writing collaborations with legendary producer Youth, and a version of Yoko Ono's Death Of Samantha. It was mixed by Dave Bascombe (Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode, Pendulum, Doves).
 
Says George: "I wanted to make a baggy album, not overproduced and I think I have achieved it. I was listening to things like 'Beast Of Burden' by The Stones' and I had my head most definitely in the 70s. Richie's approach was very organic and he's the best drummer in the country so the feel of the record was so locked in from the start. I worked with a bunch of musicians who I have toured with and written with for the past fifteen years and dragged in a handful of others to guest on certain tracks like bassist Jennifer Maidman, Ally McErlaine from Texas and Kitty Durham from Kitty Daisy & Lewis who came and played harmonica. I was also writing from a happy place. This time, no ex lovers to get revenge on. For me 'Bigger Than War' sums up the tone."

Boy George needs little introduction. With a career spanning over 30 years he first shot to international stardom in the 1980's as the front man of one of the UK's biggest exports - the Brit & Grammy Award winning Culture Club - and has had continued success as a solo artist.  He has sold over 150 million records with top 10 hits in every country.   Boy George is also a hugely respected house DJ, playing for twenty years, and continues to DJ successfully in clubs all over the world.  However it is his new album, 'This Is What I Do', that reinforces his first true love, writing & singing.

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"With this album, one of pop's most shape-shifting careers enters a new phase. Boy George has a beard on the cover a dabble with conventional masculinity that's mischievously offset by discreet eye makeup and inside is a forceful reclamation of his musical reputation. Before the arrests and the 12-step groups, George's music was often freighted with solipsistic misery; here, on his first all-new studio album since 1995, he's got wisdom on his side. The opening track, King of Everything, apologises for having once thought "self-destruction was so cool" and wonders where he now stands with those he loves. It's a flowing orchestral number, huskily sung: a masterly introduction to the record. His deeper, richer voice has gravitas now when he maintains, on the countrified It's Easy, that he now leaves heartbreak to others, his burnished tones are utterly authoritative. Live Your Life's old-time reggae and anti-homophobia lyric are closer to his Culture Club beginnings, but he didn't sing this powerfully then. This Is What I Do is the comeback of the year." --Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian * * * *

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Boy George is a legend but for a long time it's been for the wrong reasons. This album shows his true talent of song writing and vocal ability. Don't expect to hear the same voice from his Culture Club heyday, this George is a more mature and emotional sounding George, taking the listener on a very personal journey through his life.

Stand out tracks for me are the opening song 'King of Everything', the anthem sounding 'Bigger than War', the beautiful ballad 'It's Easy, 'My God' and the reggae tune 'Love and Danger'.

It's about time George was known for his true talent and this new album is a very good start in achieving that. Buy it and enjoy!
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It's obvious from reading the other reviews here that (in case you haven't all realised this already) music taste is very personal. Therefore reviews are really only that too - i.e. personal opinions. My verdict on this album, however, is that it is a stunning collection of tracks that just work so well together. Took me a few listens (quite a few, actually) to get fully into the album but now, four days later (I received the CD on Saturday morning ahead of it's official release date) I absolutely love it. There isn't a song on this that I don't like. Not sure I could pick out a favourite because they've all got something...It's Easy is an obvious candidate though, followed by Nice and Slow, but like I said, they've all got something and they're all fabulous.

This deserves to chart highly, and I really hope it does, but I kinda don't expect it will (looking forward to being proved wrong though!).

Buy it, and listen to it on big speakers, feel the warmth and sing along (and maybe even have a wee dance, if you feel like it). It's worth it!

Thanks George and team for this - we have been waiting a long time for it!
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I have not much to add to the other well written reviews already here. The thoughts I have are these. The voice is different but by no means worn out and there is still a lot to be said for the effortless delivery of many of the tracks here on this album. The songs have a little to much reliance on repeated lyrics, not always a bad thing but noticeable here. I have listened only a couple of times it being my Mothers album. She is a big fan but finds some of the reggae sound not to her taste along with the rap chorus found on the album. She scores the whole album as a three star album because of this. I have given it a four star rating because I like the first few tracks a lot and enjoyed the album as a whole.
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This is a great comeback album from Boy George.

For so many years George has made it easy for all of us to forget that he is in fact an artist and a singer. From the very moment "This is what I do" kicks up with "King of everything" you feel that this album is George wanting to re-establish himself as an serious songwriter and singer. And he really succeeds.

Songs like "My god", "It's easy", "My star", "love and danger", "nice and slow" and the aforementioned (and brilliant first single) "King of everything" are stand out tracks and alone worth buying the album for. The rest of the songs are strong too - with only "feel the vibration" as an exception.
Georges voice is strong - but also different from his earlier days. More mature and rough- just like the whole album really feels more mature (not to confuse with boring). Only thing keeping the album from a straight 5-star review is that the production on some of the tracks are a little "muted" and that the running order of the album seems a little illogical with the strongest songs in the "middle" of the album (with the exception of opener "King of everything").

Lyrics are strong and you get the feeling that this is a really personal album - and an album where the artist wants to reconnect with his audience (e.g. check out "Any road" and "King of everything"). Listen to "It's easy", "King of everything" and "My star" - and if you like them, you will like the album.

After listening to "This is what I do" a couple of times you sit with the feeling that Boy George is here to stay, that he can pull more great albums out of his "hat" and that this is just the start.
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The best album George has brought out for many years. King of Everything is a superb single and deserves to be a Top Ten hit! There are many other great tracks here, with several tracks in which George goes back to his Culture Club roots as well as some tracks with a more modern feel. Glad to have you back!
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Never not loved everything George has done ,if you get this you wont be disappointed , voice as spectacular as ever and lyrics incredible. Buy it now
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Slightly different to other Boy George releases, I prefer the style of 'The Unrecoupable One Man Bandit' but after a few listens the album definately grows on you. Some good 'slow' songs but some stomping reggae tunes.
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I bought this on the strength of one track, 'My God', which I heard on the radio and which I just couldn't believe was Boy George. Having now listened to the whole album I realise I have greatly underestimated him. It's brilliant! There are traces of the influence of Nick Cave, Antony and Rufus Wainwright, although the standard here is so high that it's quite possible Boy George influenced them. His voice has deepened but it is better for that and still has that interesting quiver. An excellent album.
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