Roxy did three albums that really hang together, Avalon, Manifesto and Flesh & Blood. This incarnation of Roxy was very much more mature than the wacky glam rock era of Pyjamarama, Virginia Plain etc. It was, however, a progression from Siren. Roxy were by now stripped down to a core of Ferry, Manzanera & McKay albeit aided by a list of extra musicians including Gary Tibbs (Adam & the Ants) and Phil Carrack.
The album itself is just so smooth. Put it on late at night and this album just wafts you away on the dance floor (and I can't even dance!!!). But seriously, this was part of the creative peak of Roxy Music, the style is slick, polished and honed to perfection. Quite how Roxy managed to integrate Wilson Pickett & Steve Cropper's "In the midnight hour" and the Byrds "Eight Miles High" into this album is beyond me but they are in there and they fit perfectly.
The killer track is Oh Yeah for me but there isn't a bad track on this album. Only bettered for me by Avalon.