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COUNTRY LIFE

Roxy Music

 

Crossover Prog

3.64 | 163 ratings

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UMUR
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3 stars Country Life is the fourth full-length studio album by UK pop/ rock act Roxy Music. And if you should forget about that itīs also printed on the inner sleeve on my CD version that itīs the fourth Roxy Music album. John Gustafson, who played some of the bass on the predecessor to Country Life called Stranded (1973), is now a full-time member of the band and the lineup would actually remain steady for the next album Siren (1975) as well.

The more mainstram pop/ rock approach which was initiated on Stranded is continued on Country Life but with greater success IMO. Stranded was a pretty good album but this one is a bit more memorable. Thereīs the trademark Roxy Music rockīnīroll style in a song like The Thrill of It All but songs like Bitter Sweet, Out of the Blue and Triptych all show that Roxy Music has something else up the sleeve as well. Intelligent and sophisticated pop/ rock.

The musicianship is great. Eddie Jobsonīs contributions on synths/ keybaords and violin really suit the music well. Bryan Ferry is an aquired taste but his weird vibratto outbursts are more rare than they used to be. Great sax playing from Andy Mackay while guitarist Phil Manzanera becomes more and more prominent with each album. The rythm section needs a special mention as well. Powerful and tight interplay.

The production is really enjoyable. Warm and pleasant but with an edge when that is needed.

Roxy Music have just taken a step up in my book. Country Life is definitely one of the better albums from the band that I have heard. A big 3 star rating is deserved.

UMUR | 3/5 |

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