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on 25 April 2002
In spite of being a devoted fan I haven't been that enthusiastic about his latest three albums. At least "As Time Goes By" was an interesting intermezzo followed by an excellent live performance. I needed an album with strong and well-defined melodies instead of these many much to etheric and close-to-ambient songs he has made for the last ten years. "Frantic" more than fulfills my desire for this, maybe as a result of his collaboration with other gifted musicians. The songs are a mix between cover versions (we already know his affinity to Dylan), a few nearly folk-like songs, bit of art-rock sound like early Roxy, 80's pop with a classy modern cut and some of the best ballads he has ever made. Filled with delicious production(could it be otherwise)and details like an interlude based on a poem by Richard the Lionhearted, another king who returned from exile.
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.
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