There were more than a few times in his career when this might have seemed like it could never happen. But Boy George is riding a renewed (and very much justified) wave of adoration right now – and we are all the better for it.
Indeed, not only have he and Culture Club just completed a wildly successful North American tour…but they have also just released the fittingly titled Life, their first new full album in 19 years (the last being 1999’s Don’t Mind If I Do). With production by UK duo Future Cut, and artwork shot by Rankin, it’s as buzzworthy as anything bothering the charts at the moment.
Beyond the exuberant (and previously released) first single “Let Somebody Love You,” song highlights include the soulful, bluesy “God & Love,” and the disco-funk of “Bad Blood,” with its shiver-inducing gospel harmonies.
On November 9, the Boy and the band (meaning the original lineup of Roy Hay, Mikey Craig and Jon Moss) will launch an extensive UK and European tour in Nottingham, which takes them all the way to Stockholm on December 8 – allowing them to get back to England in plenty of time for a well-deserved Christmas break.