ALBUM REVIEW : SOLD
ARTIST : BOY GEORGE
GENRE : POP
DATE RELEASED : 1987
This album was famous for having his global hit “Everything I Own” a remake of the song originally performed by Bread. Probably this is the record when Boy George was Boy George. It means that his musical style was still along the course of Culture Club even though he went solo in this record. After this album, it took years before he had another major hit courtesy of “The Crying Game” soundtrack.
Here is a track by track review of the songs in this album:
- Sold – which could be the precursor to singing style of Rupaul and that of the “Fashionista” singer.
- I Ask For Love – typical 80’s song, however, the song has a very good take about faithfulness.
- Keep Me In Mind – which combined Latin beat and the usual pop music style Culture Club was known with.
- Everything I Own – a very delicious take on 70’s classic; who would have thought this song would be good in reggae.
- Freedom – it might quite sound dated at today’s standard, this one has good lyrics.
- Just Ain’t Enough – has good beat and can be mashed up with The Pretenders’ “Don’t Get Me Wrong.”
- Where Are You Now – while this one is a filler song, this is tolerable if you are suckers for any Boy George record.
- Little Ghost – he tried to be angry singing about guys driving fancy cars but listener could not probably empathized with the emotion he wanted to convey.
- Next Time – just a copycat of “Just Ain’t Enough.”
- We Got The Right – a love song which has faster beat but still, it feels like listening to a serenade.
- To Be Reborn – this song showed that Boy George has good voice and very emotional at that.
More than 30 years after it was released, some songs are still a delight to listen while some are really quite difficult to swallow. I rate this record with 3 stars because I find the latest Boy George records (those that were released during the 90’s) quite uninteresting.
1 star = Ignore it
2 stars= risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 = buy, keep, and treasure it