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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Bryan Ferry does his equivalent of Bowie's Pin Ups on this interesting album. I Put A Spell On You and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow get the ultra smooth treatment with ghostly keyboards lending an eerie feel to the arrangements. Answer Me has similar atmospheric synth flashes, whilst the guitar and organ on Just One Look make it special.
The song Rescue Me has muffled vocal samples, swirling keyboards and an infectious rhythm track with Ferry's vocal wrapping itself around every musical turn and twist; this is a highlight of the album. His version of All Tomorrow's Parties has an unexpected arrangement, not lilting and flowing but jagged and halting.
Old style rock 'n roll guitar opens Girl Of My Best Friend and Ferry sings a bit like that too, with more emotion and passion. The up-tempo Amazing Grace is another unusual interpretation, restrained vocals with impressive organ embellishments and a lively rhythm.
The title track is introduced by the sound of rain and car horns and turns into quite a soulful tale of lost love, whilst the short last track Because You're Mine (the only Ferry original) is like a rock symphony with obscure but dramatic voices in the brooding instrumental mix.
Taxi is Bryan Ferry at his smoothest, but with some surprises in his unusual takes on All Tomorrow's Parties and Amazing Grace. It is a very stylish album but do not expect anything like his version of Hard Rain's Gonna Fall (my favourite Ferry number) or the driving pop-rock of early Roxy Music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2010
Anyone mildly interested in exploring the music of Bryan Ferry would be well advised to start elsewhere - ideally with The Bride Stripped Bare, Frantic or anything he did with Roxy Music.
This album, while under-rated at the time of its release, is probably for die-hards only. Recorded during one of his many periods of writer's block, it consists of nine cover versions (including the title track, J Blackfoot's fabulous 80s soul rarity) and only one original composition, Because You're Mine.
Some attempts are more successful than others but try opening track I Put A Spell On You: if that lights your candle then you'll certainly savour the rest of the album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Bryan Ferry does his equivalent of Bowie’s Pin Ups on this interesting album. I Put A Spell On You and Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow get the ultra smooth treatment with ghostly keyboards lending an eerie feel to the arrangements. Answer Me has similar atmospheric synth flashes, whilst the guitar and organ on Just One Look make it special.
The song Rescue Me has muffled vocal samples, swirling keyboards and an infectious rhythm track with Ferry’s vocal wrapping itself around every musical turn and twist; this is a highlight of the album. His version of All Tomorrow’s Parties has an unexpected arrangement, not lilting and flowing but jagged and halting.
Old style rock ‘n roll guitar opens Girl Of My Best Friend and Ferry sings a bit like that too, with more emotion and passion. The up-tempo Amazing Grace is another unusual interpretation, restrained vocals with impressive organ embellishments and a lively rhythm.
The title track is introduced by the sound of rain and car horns and turns into quite a soulful tale of lost love, whilst the short last track Because You’re Mine (the only Ferry original) is like a rock symphony with obscure but dramatic voices in the brooding instrumental mix.
Taxi is Bryan Ferry at his smoothest, but with some surprises in his unusual takes on All Tomorrow’s Parties and Amazing Grace. It is a very stylish album but do not expect anything like his version of Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall (my favourite Ferry number) or the driving pop-rock of early Roxy Music.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2001
Here is Bryan Ferry at his best, an easy listening collection of songs, long forgotten, brought back to memory in his inimitable style. From the somewhat sinister opening track "I put a spell on you" to the blues-orientated version of "Amazing Grace" there's something for just about everyone. Perhaps the best track on the CD..."Taxi".
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on 2 March 2014
I order music for my invalid son so can only say thanks for sending item in good condition and in good time and i'm sure he enjoyed the music or he would have let me know
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on 30 July 2014
Bryan is the man. Most of his solo work outstrips the albums he did as Roxy !
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 4 February 2008
Shame but best to avoid.
Yes the musicianship is excellent and the choice of cover versions is varied.
However it just does not seem to work, by turns you are left thinking -it's all a bit "twee", and the sound is rather obvious, and why did he bother.
Unusually there are no stand out tracks to save the c.d.
It is almost like a "Bryan Ferry by numbers" CD, and probably "what treading water sounds like", even though it probably took ages to record and finish to get the Ferry-esque polish.
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on 1 August 2014
Good service and all was as promised
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2009
Taxi. What a thoroughly depressing album. Ferry seems to be stuck in the 80s somewhere between 'Avalon' & 'Boys & Girls', deperately trying to recapture the magic. This dreadful collection of songs stinks to high heaven. Way too much texture, not enough guts. Tragic. But hey, the covers nice though!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2012
As a songwriter Bryan Ferry is well below avarage but as an interpreter he showed a special knack of reconstructing a song right from A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall.
Only his covers interest me though his version of Amazing Grace is simply not very good
Trivia note> Ferry became the 2nd Geordie to revive I Put A Spell On You
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