Bryan Ferry's second best solo album of the 1980s. Carrying on from where 'Boys & Girls' left off, Bryan Ferry continues to offer his stock in trade: immaculately produced pop/rock love songs wrapped in smokey atmospheric tracks like 'New Town' and 'Zamba' or creamy up-tempo numbers like 'The Right Stuff', 'Limbo' and 'Day for Night'. This is more dance-orientated but did not produce a chart hit unlike 'Slave to Love' from the Boys & Girls' album. It was rumoured at the time that the song 'Kiss & Tell' was written in response to Jerry Hall's autobiography which had come out not long before. All the usual Ferry trademarks are here: eye-catching artwork, clever lyrics, and slick production values provided by Ferry's faithful team including Patrick Leonard, Bob Ludwig and Simon Puxley and another impressive roster of session and guest musicians including Guy Pratt, Dave Gilmour, Andy Newmark, and 80s hot boys Johnny Marr and Courtney Pine. You can't go wrong with Bryan Ferry, whether it's a solo offering or anything in the Roxy Music cannon. 'Bete Noire' is intelligent elegant dance music to which you can tap your toe while dreaming of romancing beautiful women in Parisien nightclubs before returning at dawn to the Georges V to make 5 star love between crisp cotton Egyptian bedsheets.That's the sort of world 'Bete Noire' transports the listener to, dancing all the way.