Music matters with John Murray
His 20 years as a respected House DJ has enough credibility, but as soloist and former front man in Culture Club, Boy George has sold 150 million records to date. So with a new album, his first in 18 years, in the planning it surely needs examining? This Is What I Do (Very Me), will be released at the end of the month and by his own admission will not be hampered with overproduction. Yet opening with ‘King Of Everything’ it builds to a commanding finish quite typical of Dave Bascombe (Depeche Mode, Tears For Fears) who handled the mixing. There is a degree of reggae in here and evident on ‘Live Your Life’ and ‘My Star’. Some Christian elements surface too on ‘It’s Easy’ and ‘My God’ and some urban input from MC Spee and DJ Yoda. I only found one cover version and it was Yoko Ono’s ‘Death Of Samantha’ which fits easily in the set. George has set up a week of UK shows in November to bleed in the new songs and these will sell immediately due to his longstanding fan base. With her debut album selling half a million Agnes Obel now hopes to outdo this with Aventine (Play It Again Sam) released this week. Her success at iTunes Festival too means more notice for this gentle melodic album of piano instrumentals and original songs with string accompaniment. With the barest of production and stripped back instrumentation at times you hear only the voice but there underlies acoustic guitar, cello and of course piano. Kayleigh Leith on the other hand also has her second album This Woman (Amazing), ready and comes out all guns blazing with Born Ready. Recorded in Nashville with Rob Crosby after a two year touring schedule this is hot new Country.