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Not there best work but does have a couple of goodish songs.
on 24 December 2017
This is the late sedate Roxy, playing by numbers and not experimenting. With the exception of Space Between (eerie and languid) & the long version of The Main Thing which has a more direct & driving menace the rest of the songs are boring middle of the road dross.
In my books i rank the Roxy Music catalogue from exceptionally brilliant to worse.
1. For Your Pleasure 1973 (their peak album of experimentation and art rock sophistication with Eno)
2 Roxy Music 1972 (inspired amateurs their 1st with Eno and the 1st postmodern music)
3 Stranded 1973 (beautiful lush romantic European atmosphere to the max & brilliant even without Eno)
4 Here Comes the Warm Jets 1973 (although technically it is an Eno solo it has all of Roxy except Ferry playing & even co writing songs)
5 Manifesto 1979 (probably is the greatest come back album ever & still has the exceptional original drummer P. Thompson)
6 Country Life 1974 (6 brilliant songs 4 so so songs)
7 Avalon 1982 (ok it was meant to be rockier but blanded out)
8 Viva 1976 (live album incoherent & should have been brilliant exchanging a live F.Y. Pleasure for Both ends Burning makes it better)
9 Flesh & Blood 1980 (experimentation has been jettisoned for bland m.o. road meandering)
10 Siren 1975 (more time spent on cover than songcraft & moving into bored & tired disco)