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There is a racing intensity to Bryan Ferry's interpretations of the
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  • Audio CD (10 May 2004)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD, Import
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000646MG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 518,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Richard Swift on 1 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you're thinking about buying this album then it will be worth the purchase price for one song alone - the wonderful "A Fool For Love". Ferry has written some complex, deep, inventive and witty lyrics in the past but the words to this ballad are remarkably straightforward by comparison. Straightforward, but incredibly heart-rending. Ferry's voice has rarely been quite so moving and lovelorn as this and his performance is superbly complemented by magnificent musicianship in particular from Martin Wheatley, Chris Spedding, Pete Glenister and Mick Green on guitars, Julia Thornton on harp and Mary Nelson providing a wonderful soprano. In the words of the song you will feel "twisted up inside" after hearing this - it's a song that deserves a wider audience than an album track and hopefully it will see the light of day as a single.
However this critically acclaimed album is far more than one song. Variously described as Ferry's finest album for ten years or since "The Bride Stripped Bare" (1978), this sees Ferry embrace a range of musical styles far wider than anything he has done before, leaving those critics who considered he was destined to refine the sound of Roxy Music's "Avalon" ad infinitum foundering. The album comprises a half dozen covers including two fine but contrasting Dylan numbers - the guitar blazing "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" and a poignant, piano accompanied "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright". These rub shoulders with Leadbelly's Cajun laced "Goodnight Irene" and seven Ferry originals which see a return to the complex lyrics of yore, most notably on the Citizen Kane inspired "San Simeon". Thirteen songs including the new single "Goddess Of Love". A fine way to spend 47 minutes.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "kwacker900" on 14 Aug. 2002
Format: Audio CD
As a Roxy fan from day one, I couldnt fault the music up until Flesh and Blood. My tiny brain couldnt fathom why such a superb songwriter was so keen for cover versions, and dare I say it, drifted away from Ferry's music. After hearing this totally amazing CD its made me realise that I have a bit of catching up to do. All the tracks (including covers!) get better each time they are listened to, and proves the guy has still got it, big time. Any 'early' Roxy fan will appreciate this release, the bonus being the variety of music that has been put together (I defy anyone not to be charmed by 'I Thought') More please!
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
I thought that a new album was never going to come! And then there's two in a year!
The 30's cover album, and the tour with Roxy must have done Ferry a lot of good. He's really singing again, and obviously having a lot of fun! Which is great to listen to. The years seem to have flown, and flown off him!
He's managed to break out of what must have become a cloying style, and he's experimenting again - with different collaborators and different styles.
His voice seems to have an even smoother edge these days, but more articulate - no more slurring, moody whispers.
An excellent, diverse album that should please every Ferry fan - old and new.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
I bought this on the strength of one track called "Cruel" that I heard played on Radio 2, and I was definately not dissapointed in the least!
This album has style, edge, great vocals, superb musicians, quality production and grows on you with every listen.
Quality songwiting, and original cover versions and some great collaborations show that Ferry really had alot of fun making Frantic.
From someone who was never a Ferry or Roxy fan, I'll definately be looking into the back catalogue now.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By cheeky on 24 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is one awesome record speaking as a wee cheeky young thing, well 20 something, who grew up listening to and admiring the man's music. Fool For Love is a stunning song and the cover of It's All Over Now Baby Blue is a stomper in the vein of fellow Dylan cover It's A Hard Rain That's Gonna Fall. Hiroshima shows him trying to stretch himself a bit and he succeeds. Would love to hear him collaborate with an act like Goldfrapp or The Neptunes or do an unplugged set.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 April 2002
Format: Audio CD
In spite of being a devoted fan I haven't been that enthusiastic about his latest three albums. At least "As Time Goes By" was an interesting intermezzo followed by an excellent live performance. I needed an album with strong and well-defined melodies instead of these many much to etheric and close-to-ambient songs he has made for the last ten years. "Frantic" more than fulfills my desire for this, maybe as a result of his collaboration with other gifted musicians. The songs are a mix between cover versions (we already know his affinity to Dylan), a few nearly folk-like songs, bit of art-rock sound like early Roxy, 80's pop with a classy modern cut and some of the best ballads he has ever made. Filled with delicious production(could it be otherwise)and details like an interlude based on a poem by Richard the Lionhearted, another king who returned from exile.
If one song should be particularly praised it must be "I thought" written with Eno. This is another perfect last-song-on-the-album made for dim light, cigarette in hand, reminiscing lost loves. If anybody was ever a master of this it was Bryan Ferry.
An album to be thankful for - and still it is growing.
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