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STRANDED

Roxy Music

 

Crossover Prog

3.54 | 123 ratings

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Alitare
3 stars Stranded ? 1973 (3.4/5) 11 ? Best Song: Just Like You

Thus commences the loss of Brian Eno once and for all, and I say that it's a positive thing, because we get his solo career AND another musical smash from Roxy Music. It's as if Jesus ran away from home and never came back, but invented a religion that was even better than Catholicism. Wait a second! Look here, I am not some drug-addled fan of the band. I don't think they're melodic masters (obviously the bands weakest facet), but I do dig a great style when one comes around every few years, and I can't help that I went most of my life without hearing a single Roxy Music tune.

The biggest alteration in the group's production is how the attack of the songs will hit your ears in an entirely new manner. And I think it's a big difference in a track like 'Amazona', which now lacks the bubbling bleeps and electronic stretching. That happened to be my favorite aspect to the group. Well, that is to say my favorite behind Ferry's crooning. They still experiment, but it's in a much more raw and unfocused means. With Amazona, the guitars freak out near the end and are run through a phasing that makes them more shrill. It's effective, but would it have killed them to be a tad more imaginative?

Okay, so I've spent the past few paragraphs lamenting the changes, but what about the good? Well, when the band wants to construct a rocker, they do a damn fine job with it. 'Mother of Pearl' is a menacing beast of a tune. From what I see, most harder rock fans will prefer this phase of the group, due to their emphasis on guitars and energy as opposed to an overall mood. The balladry is as wet and engaging as could be. 'Just Like You' beats the Cars at their own game, half a decade before the fact. 'Serenade' has a rollicking flow, and you gotta admire the verve, but me, I miss the melodrama and the synth washes. But all that is minor, the boys still know what it takes to make an exciting show.

Alitare | 3/5 |

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