MORE ENLIGHTENED BOY GEORGE

ALBUM                                 :           THIS IS WHAT I DO

ARTIST                                  :           BOY GEORGE

GENRE                                   :           POP

DATE RELEASED                 :           2016

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If you are still expecting a flamboyant Boy George in this album, then a little bit of disappointment would ensue.  However, once you get started listening to this album, you have this feeling that this is quite different from what he did with previous records.  For one, his voice is fuller and no longer has that shrilling sound that one used to hear in his earlier recordings.  In this record, you will find that Boy George has cleaned up his act and you have better songs and of course more awakened Boy George.

Watch official video of “King Of Everything” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCNF3wPgqFc.

You can sense this enlightened direction when you hear these words in “King of Everything;” what’s the on the street; Have I lost my crown; Or will I be king again. Clearly, these words sums up the whole vibe of the album.  Thus, it is not surprising that this album has one of the catchiest LOVE line ever; “love is bigger than war, bigger than Beatles, the rolling stones, bigger than Elvis but not Yoko.” Listen to these words in “Bigger Than War.”

Watch live performance of “Bigger Than War” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGxPeArZdXM.

This is also a reflective album as he sang about demons of the past like homosexuality, bigotry, and hatred in “Live Your Life.” The reggae vibe of the song was not intended to mimic the success of “Everything I Own.”  But, rather to give the song balanced in terms of mood considering the personal nature of the song.

Watch audio video of “Live Your Life” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-X9pTXdASKw.

 

One needs to listen carefully in order to understand the line in “My God” where he sang “my God is bigger than your God.” It is quite a controversial statement.  Decades after his success with “Karma Chameleon,” Boy George can still fashion the same theme with less pretention in “It’s Easy.” Indeed, it is easy when you are the one who ended up things first.  The album is still filled with a cover version like his earlier records and this time he toyed with a Yoko Ono song.  The seriousness of the song is made ironical when he sang the line “I’m a cool chick baby.” In “Any Road,” you can feel that Boy George did not demand to be taken seriously in this record but rather, he invites respect with this song which is quite “Dylanish.”

Watch official video of “My God” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEuuGObqchs.

I believe that music fans should take time to listen to this album as this is probably the best Boy George album in years.  You will never regret listening to the whole album as it is filled with common sense lyrics, reggae vibe which helps you relax while listening to it, and of course, the fuller voice which really complements all songs. I rate this record 4 stars out of 5 stars. I demand you people out there listen to this album today.

RATING DESCRIPTION

1 stars = Ignore it

2 stars = risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it

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