This Is What I Do [Bonus Tracks]

This Is What I Do [Bonus Tracks]

by Boy George

CD(Bonus Tracks / Digi-Pak)

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The first studio album from George Alan O'Dowd in nearly two decades, This Is What I Do begins appropriately enough with "King of Everything," a surging, late-period Elton John-inspired power ballad/anthem that finds the newly refurbished (chemically and spiritually) pop icon trying to make amends with pretty much everybody. Boy George has spent the majority of his time away from the studio in the headlines, and This Is What I Do spends the majority of its just under an hour running time explaining why, apologizing, and wondering "What's the word on the street/Have I lost my crown/Or will I be king again." George's voice, once a throaty, alternately cocky and pleading croon that could melt the paint off of the walls, now smolders at a much lower level, and that huskiness lends a mournful and bluesy patina to the 12-track collection that dutifully reflects the artist's newfound maturity. George may have lost a little of his edge, but he's still a commanding presence, even if his reputation precedes him in a way that does him no favors. Songs like the breezy country-soul confection "It's Easy" and the richly detailed, autobiographical "Live Your Life" suggest an artist whose rebirth may blossom via the death-cheating, soulful singer/songwriter route, while more propulsive numbers like "Bigger Than War," which is almost a dead ringer for the Sopranos theme (Alabama 3's "Woke Up This Morning"), show that the former Karma Chameleon hasn't lost his ability to shape-shift. [This Is What I Do was also released with three bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/2014
Label: Very Me Records
UPC: 5060186921570
catalogNumber: 2
Rank: 27520

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boy George   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals
Dennis Bovell   Synthesizer,Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Simon Clarke   Baritone Saxophone
Mike Gorman   Piano,Keyboards
Henry Holder   Keyboards
Ally McErlaine   Electric Guitar
Jeff Scantlebury   Percussion
John Themis   Guitar,Saz,Electric Guitar
Annie Whitehead   Trombone
Henry Collins   Trumpet
Richie Stevens   Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar
Alan Weekes   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mary Pearce   Background Vocals
Linda Duggan   Background Vocals
Kevan Frost   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Cymbals,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Background Vocals
Zee Asha   Background Vocals
Sharlene Hector   Background Vocals
Dave Liddell   Trombone
DJ Yoda   scratching
Jennifer Maidman   Electric Guitar
James Vargas   Saxophone
Lizzie Deane   Vocals
Kitty Durham   Harmonica
MC Spee   Rap
Phil "Soul" Sewell   Bass
David Spicer   Bass
Leonie Tremain   Background Vocals
Amba Tremain   Background Vocals
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis   Tenor Saxophone
Duncan Morris   Guitar
John Gibbons   Vocals,Background Vocals
Reuben Fowler   Trumpet
Sam Buttery   Background Vocals
Nizar Al Issa   Vocals,Background Vocals,Oud
Patrick Kenny   Trombone
Spy Austin   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Louis Schultz Wiremu   Saxophone,Baritone
Alex Fletcher   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Yoko Ono   Composer
Mikey Craig   Composer
Mike Gorman   String Arrangements
John Themis   Composer,Engineer,Additional Production
Annie Whitehead   Brass Arrangment
Jazz Summers   Management
Tim Parry   Management
Richie Stevens   Composer,Programming,Producer,Brass Arrangment
Kevan Frost   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Justin Parker   Composer
James Vargas   Brass Arrangment
George O'Dowd   Composer
Phil "Soul" Sewell   Composer
Martin Glover   Composer
Joe Leach   Engineer
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis   Composer,Brass Arrangment
Lana Del Rey   Composer
Nick Trepka   Engineer

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