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This review is from: Stranded (Audio CD)
For those of you who know Roxy Music from 1979 onwards this album and its predecessors will have passed you by, as they could have been made by a completely different band, such is the difference in style. To not listen to them because of this would be a tragedy and in particular this album, which is quite simply one of their finest works. Having been original Glam rockers they rose above the more commercial sound and created there very own tangent. This album is the definitive fusion between the bands original art rock weirdness and an unstoppable tidal wave of creativeness, which makes it near impossible to pigeon hole this band into a music genre. Opening with Street Life,, Ferry's complaint about the pop star lifestyle, through to the hippyesque overtones of Amazona, passing through Psalm which wouldn't sound out of place at a New Orleans funeral, to the moody Piaf european inspired whimsy of A song for Europe, this album contains a lot of diverse musical sounds and styles. Mother of Pearl is simply a masterpiece of how to blend many different styles of music, instruments and lyrics. On first listen it will probably sound no more than average and even annoying in places, but give it time, listen to it without distraction, and you will hear a whole new world open. A unique band, an influential band, pushing the boundaries of what was conventional back in the seventies, and still relevant today.