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'A Brilliantly Done But Rather Specialist Novelty Piece'
on 29 August 2017
'The Jazz Age' is a pretty unusual 'novelty' as far as albums go and for that reason, while it may well appeal to Roxy/Ferry devotees of long standing who know all of the songs here like the back of their hand, to more casual fans I fear it may prove a 'play once and file' project.
To give credit where credit is due all of the instrumentals here really do sound as if they were recorded in the 1920's (bar the lack of a few hisses, cracks and pops) and it is quite fun listening to the interpretations of songs like 'Love Is The Drug' that are familiar classics. Lesser known Ferry songs like 'I Thought', 'Just Like You' etc though might as well be from the 1920's as far as the casual listener is concerned as, unless you are familiar with the originals, its impossible to recognise the changes...
Overall, 'The Jazz Age' is an incredibly well-done pastiche of the 'Roaring 20's' and the version of 'Virginia Plain' is a delightful hoot but unless you love Jazz or cannot live without anything Roxy/Ferry produce its an album unlikely to get repeated plays.