After just two successful LPs, however, Somerville opted to go solo in 1988, resurfacing the next year with a cover of Françoise Hardy's "Comment Te Dire Adieu"; the follow-up, a rendition of the Sylvester club perennial "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)," rocketed into the Top Five, and the LP Read My Lips was a Top 40 entry as well. A reggae-fied rendition of the Bee Gees chestnut "To Love Somebody" was next, but in the wake of 1991's "Run from Love," Somerville was absent from recording for several years, finally returning in 1995 with the LP Dare to Love. Manage the Damage followed in 1999 and Root Beer arrived a year later, with the dance-oriented Home Again released in 2004 on the Jinx label.
In 2009, he released his fifth solo effort, the acoustic covers album Suddenly Last Summer. A year later, Somerville released the first of a three-part EP trilogy with Bright Thing, followed quickly by Momentum in 2011 and Solent in 2012. Two years later, he celebrated the 30th anniversary of the release of the Bronski Beat classic "Small Town Boy" with the release of a re-recorded version of the song. In 2015, Somerville released his sixth full-length album, the vintage disco-inspired Homage. A remix version, Club Homage, followed a year later and featured the work of the legendary disco DJ Tom Moulton. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi