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A Dependable Joy,
This review is from: Olympia [Standard Edition] (Audio CD)
Bryan Ferry is showing little sign of slowing down.
At 65 it could be argued that he should know better
but I feel perfectly happy that he seems unwilling to
take to a deckchair on Bournmouth seafront just yet!
I first encountered Mr Ferry at a Roxy Music gig in
a dark and mouldering small-town rock club in 1972.
He was an exotic creature. A peacock. A lothario.
A star! That voice; the screwed down shoulders; the
shiny jackets. He was beyond "glam". He was essential.
'Olympia' may not be prescribed listening for anyone under
forty but I find myself hoping that a new generation
(or two) will pin back their ears and give him a chance.
There are ten tracks in the collection and it's all vintage
stuff. No big surprises and all the better for it!
His vocal skills and inimitable vibrato are remarkably intact
and unravaged by the passing years. It's too late to change now!
Mr Ferry can still strut his stuff on a dancefloor groove
and there are a few crackers to contend with here.
Opening track 'You Can Dance' is as good as anything he's
done in a long and distinguished career. He croons and
simpers and lopes his way through the dark and dangerous and
perfectly groovy arrangement like a cougar circling its prey.
One step away from the kill and savouring every moment!
'Heartache By Numbers' is a classy composition too. The
collaboration with Scissor Sisters seems entirely fitting.
The dream-like pop-anthem finds our hero warbling away as
happy as a sand boy, lost and smiling in the naive melody.
'Shameless' is a shuffling piece of blissed-out staccato funk.
Rhythmically teasing and curiously soulful at the same time.
The cover of Tim Buckley's lovely composition 'Song To The Siren'
is given a humble, simple and simply beautiful interpretation.
For my money it is the album's crowning glory. Stunning stuff!
Final track 'Tender Is The Night' is a curiously fragile piece, it's
constituent parts held together by hoarfrost and silver cobwebs.
The Man In The Moon and Mr Ferry are old friends. With this strangely
affecting ending I suspect that both had stars in their eyes!
'Olympia' and pure JOY are made of the self-same stuff!
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Initial post: 5 Dec 2010 22:44:18 GMT
Cary Port says:
I know exactly what you are driving at, having seen Roxy Music in '72 and being given (the non commercial) "Roxy Music" the first album for a Xmas present. I then realised there was more to Mr Ferry than Virginia Plain - a great single but the haunting themes in that album have always been for me the reason why I find his vocals so special. I look forward to hearing that voice again I stopped listening after Siren and the These Foolish Things album.
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