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Roxy Music


Crossover Prog

2.86 | 141 ratings

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2 stars Flesh + Blood ? 1980 (2/5) 7 ? Best Song: My Only Love?

This is the type of commercialism and crass economic posturing that generally sickens me and pushes me away on all levels of artistic merit. Roxy Music went from being one of the tightest and most entertaining bands from the early 1970's to one of the worst and most absolutely incompetent 'cliché-riders' of the 1980's. But let's be fair. When it comes to the 1980's, this stuff is honestly pretty high quality on a consensus basis. I'd take it over Huey Lewis and the News, I would.

I need a new Drug is a bopping song, with soaring vocals and-

'In the Midnight Hour' is the same banal plodding as before on Badifesto, but with more of a sax swerve to it, which means that for all intents and porpoises, Flesh + Blood is an improvement. It's a bloody improvement. Take it home and rub off the bargain bin dust, it's a masterpiece of art and- It's a masterpiece of mid-tempo sleaze pop, that's what it is. Ever song has the same bom bababa, swing to it and the same series of banally obnoxious guitar chords that have been stripped of all their fervor. Goodbye blue sky, make way for dance obsession and anemic production values. The title track doesn't seem far off being a damned Duran Duran B-side. And no, I ain't talking Rio, either. Maybe it's y youth coming about, and maybe it's my desire for honestly plausible melodies for a change, but I like (repeat: like) 'My Only Love' and its tiddly twee, facile piano notes. It's the only thing on the disc with any taste at all. On the other hand, their cover of the Byrds' 'Eight Miles High' is reason enough to pardon serial killings. It's got no soul, no personality, and no merit. It's an improvement!

Alitare | 2/5 |


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