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.