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Roxy Music


Crossover Prog

4.05 | 275 ratings

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4 stars Who'd have thunk that you could cross-pollenate prog, pop, and overall pompousness into one cohesive unit? Roxy Music is this type of band and the one that could pull off this effort quite effectively. Leader Brian Ferry must have had visions of art-pop success dancing in his head, and you could argue that it's the prevailing style here; it's Manzanera, Thompson and MacKay that balance the art out with loud rocking when needed.

When the group puts you in a swaying, soft mood like that on ''Strictly Confidential'' and ''Grey Lagoons'', it works quite effectively. But the band also proves they can rebound into dancier territories which explain long-lasting catchiness of ''Do the Strand'' and ''Editions of You''. This concoction of pompous artsy-fartsy, pop sensibilities, hard-rocking backbone rhythms and the occasional outside indulgences (Krautrock on ''The Bogus Man''; Eno really makes his stamp here) sounds fresh and enjoyable even today. The mystique at the end of each side is haunting and mesmerizing with the title track evoking the feel if ''Crime of the Century'' just faded out into obscurity.

If ''Beauty Queen'' was left on the cutting room floor, I think FOR YOUR PLEASURE is a bona fide masterpiece.

Sinusoid | 4/5 |


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