Album review: Boy George, This Is What I Do (Very Me)


This Is What I Do may have a bearded Boy George on the cover, but that's the most shocking thing about it, the music reverting from the tacky electro of his noughties releases to the soft soul, funk and reggae with which he forged his reputation. It's a good move: George hasn't been as enjoyable in ages. "King of Everything" showcases the smoky texture of his voice, while "Bigger Than War" profits from an atmosphere that's part gospel, part Grace Jones. Elsewhere, the Toots-like "Nice & Slow" is the most appealing of a tranche of engaging reggae numbers.

Download: King of Everything; Bigger Than War; Nice & Slow; My God