Frantic Hybrid SACD, SACD, Import
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However this critically acclaimed album is far more than one song. Variously described as Ferry's finest album for ten years or since "The Bride Stripped Bare" (1978), this sees Ferry embrace a range of musical styles far wider than anything he has done before, leaving those critics who considered he was destined to refine the sound of Roxy Music's "Avalon" ad infinitum foundering. The album comprises a half dozen covers including two fine but contrasting Dylan numbers - the guitar blazing "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" and a poignant, piano accompanied "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright". These rub shoulders with Leadbelly's Cajun laced "Goodnight Irene" and seven Ferry originals which see a return to the complex lyrics of yore, most notably on the Citizen Kane inspired "San Simeon". Thirteen songs including the new single "Goddess Of Love". A fine way to spend 47 minutes.
The 30's cover album, and the tour with Roxy must have done Ferry a lot of good. He's really singing again, and obviously having a lot of fun! Which is great to listen to. The years seem to have flown, and flown off him!
He's managed to break out of what must have become a cloying style, and he's experimenting again - with different collaborators and different styles.
His voice seems to have an even smoother edge these days, but more articulate - no more slurring, moody whispers.
An excellent, diverse album that should please every Ferry fan - old and new.
If one song should be particularly praised it must be "I thought" written with Eno. This is another perfect last-song-on-the-album made for dim light, cigarette in hand, reminiscing lost loves. If anybody was ever a master of this it was Bryan Ferry.
An album to be thankful for - and still it is growing.
This album has style, edge, great vocals, superb musicians, quality production and grows on you with every listen.
Quality songwiting, and original cover versions and some great collaborations show that Ferry really had alot of fun making Frantic.
From someone who was never a Ferry or Roxy fan, I'll definately be looking into the back catalogue now.
For someone who isn't a Bob Dylan fan (please don't flame), Baby Blue is a welcome surprise - Ferry's voice is complemented by the string arrangements compared to the earlier interpretation It Ain't Me Babe, where his voice is almost forced along by the brass section.
Whilst the other Dylan interpretation (Don't Think Twice, It's Alright) is less rocky - the only elements being voice and piano - it still repays repeated listening, which is also true of Goodnight Irene (a Leadbelly song) where Ferry possibly indicates that he found the music of O Brother, Where Art Thou an influence to return to some of his old 78 collection of blues classics.
The cover of Goin' Down chuggs along in a manner reminiscent of some of JJ Cale's best work - play it immediately after Cajun Moon, you'll see what I mean - and One Way Love could have been a worthwhile addition to Taxi.
But when push comes to shove, the main reason for waiting patiiently for eight years is to listen to some original songs from one of the most influential singer/songwriters of the past 30 years and happily the wait is well worth it.
The new songs are a mixture of solo efforts (A Fool For Love/Hiroshima...) and collaborations with Brian Eno (I Thought) - how good to hear them in tandem again - Colin Good and Richard Coeur de Lion ? (Ja Nun Hons Pris), more commonly, Dave Stewart (Cruel/Goddess Of Love/Nobody Loves Me/San Simeon).
Particularly impressive are Cruel - as close to a protest song that you'll get from Ferry - San Simeon (a cross between the fetishist's favourite In Every Dream Home A Heartache and the marathon love song Mother Of Pearl) and Hiroshima...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All was well and as described delivered early and in good conditionPublished 24 months ago by Michael John Schofield
I rated this album accordingly as its a great collection of original work.
The productionis very good and consistent with the artists reputation.
Particularmente no soy fan aserrimo de Bryan Ferry, mas bien llego a mis manos este disco por una busqueda del formato en el cual se presenta (DVD-AUDIO, Multicanal). Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2011 by Jose Luis Mora Martinez
Oh dear. Save your pennies! This dreadful offering sounds like Ferry spent a misguided night in a studio with Chas & Dave! Read morePublished on 10 Sept. 2009 by the AC chrysalis
Probably his best solo album for quite a while, but sadly that is not much of a recommendation.
Having said that, it certainly has its moments. Read more
This is one awesome record speaking as a wee cheeky young thing, well 20 something, who grew up listening to and admiring the man's music. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2004 by cheeky