The 21-year-old’s single Budapest crash-landed into the charts at number four and, if this debut album is anything to go by, this could be the start of a very big year for the boy George.
His songs seem to have an innate spring in their step, a bright perkiness that is perfectly suited to the summer months and even if Cassy O doffs its cap to The Zutons’ Valerie – made world famous by Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse – it’s still a fabulously catchy singalong that will please festival crowds across the land these next few months.
And if there’s a nagging suspicion that the likes of pensive ballad Breakaway may have been cynically created with the teenage girl market in mind, ultimately it’s all about the songs and his are pretty good.
As if to prove that there’s more to him than soundtracking the summer, on Did You Hear The Rain? the twinkly eyed romantic troubadour of Budapest and Barcelona is gone, replaced by a serious, slightly scared harbinger of fear. Closer Spectacular Rival, meanwhile, is less Paolo Nutini and more Nick Cave like in its gothic melodrama.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh