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5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art!, 3 May 2011
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This review is from: Olympia (2CD+DVD+Hardback Book) (Audio CD)
Bryan Ferry's Olympia 3 disc box set is a work of art. Stunning photography, great art work, high quality printing and a superb concept which perfectly accompanies the music contained within. Olympia is a reference to the Manet painting of the same name which featured a 16 (17th?) century femme fatale and Ferry clearly had Kate Moss in mind as the modern equivalent of notorious, yet glamorous beauty. I'm not a Kate Moss fan but she looks incredible and enticing in the colour and monochrome images on featured on the artwork and cover. Sound wise the album is the most sophisticated, soulfull, heartfelt record ferry has produced to date. This is what Avalon would have sounded like if recorder in 2010! Ferry's voice is superb, the playing wonderful and the lyrics interesting, playful and seductive. (Ferry's love of word play is also present and correct - "i'd can can if i could" {You Can Dance}). Some of the songs have dense soundscapes made up of many different artists and instruments which could easily have sounded a mish/mash and yet somehow works incredible well. With each new listen you hear something new.Ferry/Roxy fans are often as interested in the visuals and art work as they are the music and if thats your thing then Olympia will not disappoint. The second CD features some very enjoyable dance style remixes. I'm not normally a fan of such things but they work well here. Overall a major achievement from all concerned! 10/10!
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