Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Bryan Ferry- Olympia
Throughout the 1970's and into the 80's, Bryan Ferry fronted Roxy Music, a seminal art-rock band with gender-bending theatrics and a glam appeal. Ferry is renowned for his dapper stage presence and wildly unique vocal inflections, a cross between Roy Orbison's croon and a seducer's howl. It's always been one of the more distinctive voices in rock music, now exhibiting more restraint with the passage of time. Olympia follows the blueprint of Ferry's first solo record, his only top 10 UK record. Boys and Girls, with a series of back lounge dance numbers about temptation and heartbreak. The album drifts along on his smooth vocals, the characteristic chiming piano notes of his earlier Roxy Music work, and sparse wah-wah guitar fills. Once again, Ferry delivers AOR friendly fare without losing his unique edge.
Buy this record when the your glass is chilled and the house is on fire.