BOY GE­ORGE AND CUL­TURE CLUB

LIFE BMG, OUT NOW

Q (UK) - - Awards 2018 -

Their sec­ond at­tempt at their first al­bum of the cen­tury.

Re­unions weren’t meant to be like this. In 2014, Cul­ture Club’s UK arena tour was aban­doned when Boy Ge­orge fell ill, but more avoid­ably, so was their 2016 come­back al­bum, Tribes. Now pet­tily re-branded as Boy Ge­orge And Cul­ture Club, they take their mu­si­cal cue from Ge­orge’s vari­able solo ca­reer, rather than the likes of Church Of The Poi­son Mind or I’ll Tum­ble 4 Ya. As a re­sult, while some Tribes songs (Dif­fer­ent Man, More Than Si­lence) re­main, Life is pe­cu­liarly life­less. For all the jaunty twang of Rest­ing Bitch Face and Run­away Train, Cul­ture Club in 2018 are as weary and one-paced as their pomp was vi­va­cious and mu­si­cally mis­chievous. JOHN AIZLEWOOD Lis­ten To: God & Love | Run­away Train | Rest­ing Bitch Face

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