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HEART STILL BEATING

Roxy Music

 

Crossover Prog

2.89 | 19 ratings

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Raff
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3 stars I give this album three stars on the strength of most of the songs, but it must be said that it is far from being an essential purchase - unless you're a die-hard fan of the band. The problem with this record is that it feels somewhat cold (which is not a good thing for a live album), and particularly Brian Ferry does not sound very interested in what he's performing. I saw Roxy Music perform live in the early '80s, and from what I remembered they sounded much more exciting than what you can hear here.

That said, McKay and Manzanera are excellent as always, especially on the less commercial songs of Roxy Music's back catalogue. In any case, I quite like some of the more recent tracks which are a bit easier on the ear: "Avalon" is haunting and intriguing, "My Only Love" is one of my all-time favourites from the band, and I'm also quite fond of Ferry's take on John Lennon's "Jealous Guy". Ferry's vocals may not be to everyone's taste, especially when he started sounding more like a '50s crooner than a rock singer; however, I've always found him very good for the band's style. Here, though, he seems a bit too detached from the proceedings for comfort.

A pleasant record overall, but certainly not the best of Roxy Music's live output.

Raff | 3/5 |

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