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Formed in 1971 in London, UK - Hiatus 1976/1978 - Disbanded in 1983 - Reunited intermittently 2001/2011

A band Oscar Wilde would certainly have approved of: retro-chic extravaganza, a cross between sophistication and street-wise 20th century dandyism. Their music was scarcely anything more than well-dressed 70's pop, oozing with hollowed-out sensuality and presented via original artwork, stage shows and wild costumes that crystallized the hippest style of the day. Scratch beneath the glamour, however, and you find some very talented artists, some of whom went on to pursue highly successful (if not necessarily prog) solo careers. They were led by composer, singer and visual artist Bryan Ferry. BRIAN ENO (synths), Phil Manzanera (lead guitar), Andrew Mackay (sax and oboe), Graham Simpson (bass) and Paul Thompson (drums) completed the original line-up. Between 1972-82, they released 8 studio albums, 3 live cds and numerous compilation disks as well as a couple of box sets.

Of particular interest to prog fans are the eponymous "Roxy Music" and "For Your Pleasure", a sort of rock music potpourri with Ferry's 50's tinged vocals over distinctive 60's rhythms and 70's electronics. With the departure of Brian Eno, "Stranded" and "Country Life" became less experimental but still remained fairly adventurous. With "Siren", however, the band started abandoning their intoxicating blend of art rock and glam pop to concentrate on Ferry's suave, crooner persona. "Manifesto" and "Flesh and Blood", hardly deemed art-rock albums anymore, are mostly a series of concise pop songs with layers of stylish disco rhythms. With its romantic washes of synthesizers and Ferry's elegant, seductive croon, the band's last album, "Avalon", is a richly textured cd and a most graceful way to end the band's career. Among the live albums, consider "Viva Roxy Roxy Music" (76), a powerful document of the band at their peak featuring a cross-section of their best work, and "Heart Still Beating" (90) which features some of the best guitar solos from Phil Manzanera as a ROXY member.

For a colourful segment of the 70's glam rock phenomenon, the first four albums are a must for any art rock fan.

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ROXY MUSIC top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.06 | 288 ratings
Roxy Music
1972
4.06 | 287 ratings
For Your Pleasure
1973
3.61 | 178 ratings
Stranded
1973
3.66 | 195 ratings
Country Life
1974
3.66 | 164 ratings
Siren
1975
2.76 | 122 ratings
Manifesto
1979
2.85 | 127 ratings
Flesh + Blood
1980
3.67 | 196 ratings
Avalon
1982

ROXY MUSIC Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.78 | 68 ratings
Viva! Roxy Music
1976
2.92 | 23 ratings
Heart Still Beating
1990
2.36 | 8 ratings
Concerto
2001
4.28 | 32 ratings
Live
2003

ROXY MUSIC Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.25 | 9 ratings
The High Road
1983
4.00 | 3 ratings
Total Recall
1989
4.86 | 3 ratings
Musikladen / BeatClub: Live 74-75
2001
4.30 | 17 ratings
Live At The Apollo
2002
3.56 | 7 ratings
The Thrill of It All - A Visual History 1972-1982
2007

ROXY MUSIC Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.36 | 20 ratings
Street Life: 20 Great Hits
1986
3.54 | 11 ratings
The Early Years
1989
4.10 | 13 ratings
The Thrill of it All*
1995
3.02 | 9 ratings
More Than This, The Best Of Bryan Ferry + Roxy Music
1995
3.92 | 12 ratings
The Best Of Roxy Music
2001
4.93 | 5 ratings
The Complete Studio Recordings
2012
5.00 | 2 ratings
The Studio Albums
2015

ROXY MUSIC Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Virginia Plain
1972
0.00 | 0 ratings
Do the Strand
1973
0.00 | 0 ratings
Pyjamarama
1973
0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Is the Drug
1975
0.00 | 0 ratings
Trash
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Angel Eyes
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dance away
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Same Old Scene / Lover
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Oh Yeah
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Take a Chance With Me
1982
3.00 | 1 ratings
More Than This
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
Avalon
1982

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 Roxy Music by ROXY MUSIC album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.06 | 288 ratings

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Roxy Music
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by jamesbaldwin

5 stars Roxy Music debut with the eponymous album was epochal. There had never been any pop songs with such a rate of artistic sophistication. The art-rock was born, which today we consider crossover prog. The band was a breeding ground of talent, as in the tradition of prog was composed by virtuosos: Bryan Ferry invented a decadent dandy singing, then taken up by the vocalists of glam rock and new wave groups, and he was an excellent pianist, as well as the composer of all the tracks. Brian Eno was an electronics pioneer. Phil Manzanera was a brilliant and extravagant guitarist. Andy Mackay was a real virtuos. Graham Simpson and Paul Thompson were a perfect rhythm session.

"Roxy Music" starts with "Re-Make/Re-Model" (vote 8,5/9), a manifesto song: it's a rave up with whimsical rhythm, where the singer and every instrumentalist are singing or playing as if they were soloists. One of the most striking incipits in the history of rock. The second song "Ladytron" (vote 7,5) continues with the sustained rhythm of the first, but in a more classical way: by ascending the instrumental incursions alternating with those of the singing.

The third, "If There Is Something" (vote 9+) touches one of the peaks of the music of 1972. It is an absolute masterpiece. Part like a catchy pop song, sung with mocking joy, and gradually becomes more and more melancholy and mournful thanks to instrumental solos (Mackay divine), and in fact the singing of Ferry gradually transforms, becomes an increasingly neurotic crooning and suffered. Absolute masterpiece that is worth, with its six and a half minutes, much more in terms of pure inspiration, creativity and pathos (I don't say in terms of compositional effort), of all or almost the suites of the great or minor prog rock band of 1972 (includes "Close To the Edge" and "Supper's Ready"). "Virginia Plain" (absent in the UK version, vote 8) is an experimental electronic song, where Eno shows his creativity as an electronic pioneer. But let's not forget to praise Bryan Ferry, who is the creator of all these pieces: he is the Roxy Music factotum, and he is an extremely gifted musician, who is often underestimated as an author and singer. "Virginia Plain" in its brevity is a brilliant and innovative song, due to the collaboration between Ferry and Eno. "2HB", which ends the first side of the album, is a more relaxed, almost resigned ballad (vote 7), which has its best moments in the instrumental parts. End a first side by applause.

Side B opens with "The Bob [medley]", almost six minutes: another experimental song (vote 8) with strange sound, rumours of war, cacophony. Then comes a catchy melody, to the rhythm of rave up, as in the first song, then the anguish returns. Cerebral song. The second track ("Chance Meeting", three minutes, vote 7+) immediately appears heartbreaking, poignant, and Ferry singing is imposed as one of the most characteristic of an era. The arrangement is minimal but very effective in emphasizing the pathos. Short but well-made song. There comes "Would You Believe" (vote 7,5) a happy and disengaged rhythm (I wonder, in fact: until Roxy Music manage to maintain such a high quality level?) which then unleashes another raveful rhythm, and the party starts again.

"Sea Breezes" (seven minutes) is a slow piece, absorbed, with excellent solos of Manzanera, a very raised bass, a more meditative development. It does not reach the peaks of the first side (vote 8+) but is more than good. The final "Bitter's End" (two minutes) is a goodbye song in chorus, as at a party, with the saxophone in evidence. A touch of lightness (vote 6,5).

The second side is slightly inferior to the first, and contains songs that hit less at first listen, on the whole more painful and sought. However, overall the album remains a must for its beauty and for its historical reach. The progressive has moved both in the direction of symphonic music (the suites) and in the direction of writing high-class pop songs, where, and this for me counts, the rate of theatricality, vocal interpretation, arrangements, helps to create deep emotions: like in this case.

Masterpiece. Medium quality of the songs (without Bitter's End): 7,94. Vote album: 9+. Rating: Five Stars.

 Avalon by ROXY MUSIC album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.67 | 196 ratings

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Avalon
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Roxy Music is one band that I loved through all of their line-ups and styles. In my opinion, they made all of their style adjustments in a sophisticated manner. From the extreme prog music of their early days, to their sophisticated, lush sounds at the end of their discography, I think their music rises above so many others that tried to adjust their sound to reflect the present day. Yes, it's true that the music on "Avalon" has got that certain "romantic, dance style" and inspired somewhat to the disco sounds of the time, they weren't satisfied to just make run of the mill dance music, they rose above it, perfected and improved on it. The end result is this near perfect album of mature, sophisticated rock, and it remains, in my opinion, deserving of the progressive rock status because of their ability to take a genre of music above the norm.

This album is simply beautiful music. "Avalon" is the perfect song, with the background vocals of Yanick Etienne, who they discovered when she was with her own band in the same studio. Ferry was so impressed with her vocals, that he knew her voice was exactly the thing needed to make that song perfect. She was added in at the last moment, not even understanding a word of English they completed the final recording the next day. Not only that, but the song "More Than This" is the perfect example of Roxy Music in their last days. A perfect album opener, introducing the listener to the lushness and rhythmic sound that this album has to offer. Other great highlights are "The Main Thing", "The Space Between", "While My Heart is Still Beating" and even the shorter, transitory tracks are even great. This is the perfect Progressive Pop.

The main lineup was down to 3 people for this album including Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzanera and his stylistic guitar layers and sounds, and Andy Mackay with his lush and never overbearing sax. Along with session musicians, they turned this into a beautiful experience, with all instruments and vocals working together to create not just music, but a feeling of sophisticated rock, with plenty of ambience and emotion that buries you into the sound. It makes you want to just float in the sound that is created.

I know there were a lot of Roxy fans that didn't like the new sound, and that is the risk that you run when you explore different sounds. But I find it just as inventive as their previous sounds. I absolutely hate disco music, but I love this album and all of their music that had that same style. Like I said, they perfected the sound and gave it personality and life. It's just so smooth. It's like it's own sub genre; sophisti-prog. If only more bands could have taken this cue to expand and improve on the sounds of the era, and yes there were a few, like "Icehouse" and "Talk Talk" that did so. I can't give this album anything less that a 5 star rating, essential in the fact that it inspired a lot of music made in the decade of the 80s and definite masterpiece in that it was the best in the style of music it inspired.

 More Than This by ROXY MUSIC album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1982
3.00 | 1 ratings

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More Than This
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars It's more than two years since the latest Roxy Music review! I just added a bunch of singles into their discography, here's a look at one of them. Some think they were at their very best in the early, and, admittedly, more innovative Art Rock years (1972 -- ?), while music listeners such as me prefer the radio-friendly charm of the early 80's. I have enjoyed their succesful album Avalon since my teens; I was 12 or 13 when I must have heard my sister playing it.

This beautifully coated single (the original painting is by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, I presume) seems to contain two unedited tracks from Avalon. 'More Than This' opens the album, and what a charming pop song it is. The production is really the finest there were at the time. The song is relaxed, elegant and romantically airy. I don't mind if some think it's cheesy and yuppish.

'India' is a brief (1:45) instrumental built on a percussive riff. Nice, not spectacular. As a little anti-commercial study with arty nuances, it would be most interesting non-album B-sider on the New Wave era, but being an album track naturally doesn't make it worse. On Avalon it serves as a prelude to the seamlessly following melancholic song 'While My Heart Is Still Beating'.

 Roxy Music by ROXY MUSIC album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.06 | 288 ratings

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Roxy Music
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

5 stars ROXY MUSIC had some interesting origins. It was, of course, founded by vocalist Bryan Ferry who lost his job while teaching ceramics and taking breaks to listen to record albums in class. After this he decided to find some musical mates and hooked up with bass player Graham Simpson. In 1970 he auditioned for lead vocalist in King Crimson to replace Greg Lake and although they didn't find Ferry's vocals suitable for their style, they nonetheless were impressed and helped him form ROXY MUSIC and got them an instant contract with E.G. Records. The name ROXY MUSIC along with the parade of high-class women posing on the early album covers symbolizes a ROXY, which is a showgirl name with plenty of moxie which perfectly sums up both the band's image and aggressive inventive entertaining energy.

The band hit it big time instantly as the public had never heard the perfect blend of glammy art rock mixed with proto-punk energy all laced with progressive rock touches. It was somewhere in the ballpark of David Bowie's catchy glam rockers but more aggressive and in-yer-face. Bryan Ferry's throwback to 50's rock'n'roll making me think of an anachronistic version of Elvis Presley who somehow emerged 20 years later laced with Phil Manzanera's rockin-the-house hard driving guitar riffs that are boosted by the groovy bass lines of Graham Simpson delivering strong and powerful hooks and rhythmic forces are the true ingredients that allow all those rock-n-roll fantasies to emerge. The aspects that really put the music over the top however is the inclusion of Andy Mackay's oboe and sax runs that give the overall sound of that good ole rock'n'roll retro feel from a previous era and of course the mind-blowing futuristic sounds of Brian Eno's VCS3 synthesizer attacks and tape loop effects that treat us to one of the most deliciously unique hybridizations of musical forces in all of rock history.

While the music is firmly rooted in the art rock / pop world with ridiculously catchy hooks and melodies to instantly reel in the listener, all of the subtle details are ever so brilliant as well. Brian Eno was famous for not only dishing out his duties as a straight-on musical performer but was also a pioneer in the art of operating the mixing desk which processed the band's individual parts with his VCS3 synthesizer and tape recorders as well as contributing backing vocals. The slides and effects may seem like they are an inherent part of the music but actually give the whole production value a much smoother "cool cat" feel than they would otherwise, all of which is amplified by Bryan Ferry's crooning charismatic vocal style. The net effect of the groovy bass and jazzy sax and oboe sequences mixed with the passionate vocals and guitar parts all coincide to produce some of the most unique sounds to emerge in the outrageously musically rich year of 1972. The only aspect of this music that doesn't blow me away is the lazy keep-the-beat-and-not-much-else drumming style of Paul Thompson. However while he may not blow me away, he does the adequate job as percussionist-in-chief and allows the focus to remain on the melodic aspects of the music.

There was magic afoot on this one! It's one of those perfectly executed albums where all the elements are in cahoots with super-strong songwriting leaving a steadfast and enduring impression. The album has actually had different versions over the years with the Top 10 UK hit "Virginia Plain" not appearing on the original LP releases but is pretty much included on US releases and subsequent pressings. I was a latecomer to this debut because i didn't care for some of the later releases but once you lay ears on this magnificent debut it is apparent what all the fuss is about. Masterpiece! A good ten years ahead of their time before all the post-punk and new wave bands flooded the 80s. All that inspiration began with this single release but nothing i've ever heard surpasses the innovation and perfect execution delivered here.

 The Complete Studio Recordings by ROXY MUSIC album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2012
4.93 | 5 ratings

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The Complete Studio Recordings
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by uduwudu

5 stars This box set is an excellent addition to a rock and a progressive rock collection.

The complete studio recordings give the indication of a band that were ahead and yet of it's time. The more avant garde approach of the first album; it's far more accessible successor and the understated styling of the next two (especially Siren) followed with a more mainstream approach but with still enough odd harmonies and sounds happening to continue what is clearly a subversive approach to music. The more overt abrasions give way to the occasional ones on later albums. But Phil Manzanera's guitar harmonies are so perfectly chosen and timed it is a real delight to go from Ladytron to Dance Away on these alone.

Roxy found a way of getting into people's music and quietly upsetting the apple cart in their own way. Like Bowie they knew a pop audience buys into an image; the music is second. Underlining this is the absence of the book that most box sets would have inside. I'm sure Ferry and Co know very well a book would be part of the overview; I think it's absence is a statement that Roxy Music were all about their music not the image. Perhaps the band are hoping either the image fans or detractors will get the idea that this superb outfit really is and was all about the music.

So what follows are what are "straight transfers" of the original tapes. N.B. There is a box set "5 Original Albums" that are a different mastering (Bob Ludwig). Some, like me, may find these more immediately enjoyable as they sit more suitably in a digital reproductive environment. But this box set is just fine audio wise, a few listens to adjust perhaps, not a problem. Perhaps the vinyl junkies from years ago (even your truly included there...) may appreciate the sound instantly which should do all record enthusiasts proud. Unless you really do want the sound of needles, dust and scratches. Not me though and these albums have never sounded so good as now.

Unlike the vinyl versions of these you get a 2 CD set of outtakes, B Sides and rare tracks. Details above and this set only with the box at least at this time of writing. Apparently 24 bit hi resolution audio versions were considered but subsequently vetoed; keep costs down perhaps? I do understand if the hi res might be the deciding factor but perhaps the surround options were not suitable. All I can say if you like the music, the albums then no matter that this is only superb 16 bit audio then this is a pretty good choice. If the set is going for a reasonable price (as determined by you) then it's worth it for the outtake set - provided you are familiar with Roxy Music. I do wonder how Love Is The Drug fans would get on with Sultanesque?

There is a lot of negative criticism about Roxy Music playing "pop" songs. Their more accessible material is very far from disposable. Well written, well played with exquisite taste and a hint of that smooth subversion ever present). Now, something more dance oriented may seem less demanding than the more intellectual offerings such as Out Of The Blue and Bogus Man to pick a couple of my all time favourites, but it may be that listener has fallen victim to the subversion that is Roxy Music. Odd and even harmonies along with graceful rhythms abound. Ferry sounds great from beginning to end.

New Zealand readers may, if they are unaware, note that the NZ band Netherworld Dancing Toys took their name from Tara finishing the elegant Avalon album. A very influential band in the world of rock and this is more the evidence. Roxy Music are to the old new wave, new romantics and even punk and some RIO oriented prog what Zeppelin are to hard rock, or Sabbath to metal.

The covers are all gatefolds some where none existed before (Jerri Hall in The Siren centrefold for example) or Country Life - none of this unreasonable approach to prurient censorship here. Great, no complaints from the cheap sets round here. They are all housed in the both stylish and sturdy box all reminiscent of the Led Zeppelin box set of CD albums (pre-latest remaster). The CD albums are in a case that slides out and has to be returned correctly or it won't fit. All very nice.

Possibly the next set will be a comprehensive reissue of the live albums CD / DVD / Video sets. I hope so.

If you are a Roxy Music fan then this should be five stars, rock and prog rock fans four stars. If you are wondering if Roxy Music has any value to you then I suggest a smaller (20 greatest hits perhaps) as your entre to the music.

I suppose if this box set were live albums inclusive, with DVDs, Hi Res, books etc then the removal truck delivering that huge set would demand 5 stars alone. Do I knock off a whole 1/2 star for Roxy Music daring to let their music stand on it's own. No. To me it's five, to my fellow mainstream prog fans 4 1/2 and be prepared to upgrade that rating. Perhaps 1 to 3 live albums should be there but they are not so too bad.

 Viva! Roxy Music by ROXY MUSIC album cover Live, 1976
3.78 | 68 ratings

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Viva! Roxy Music
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by Guillermo
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2 stars In 1980 I went to a record shop and I saw this live album there. I also saw other ROXY MUSIC albums there, and they had in common the presence in the covers of very glamorous female fashion models and backing singers. But in the back cover of this live album there were listed in the credits two famous names from other Prog Rock bands: John Wetton and Eddie Jobson. At that time I was listening to the band U.K. and both Wetton and Jobson were members of that band, so I became a bit interested in listening to or in buying this live album one day...a thing I that never did. Why? Some bands like ROXY MUSIC are represented very much in their style of music by only looking to the covers of their albums. I never have been a fan of Glam Rock and for me this style of music was more a fad from the seventies, another attempt to do different things musically, but more influenced by sophisticated or excentric looks, very based in the make ups, posings and fashions of those days. For me, Bryan Ferry based his musical career in these sophisticated looks, fashions, poses and lifestyles. And I confirmed all these "suspicions" when finally years later I listened to this band in the radio with songs like "Avalon" and others and I finally watched to them playing on TV, with or without Brian Eno. So, more by their looks and fashions I never have liked artists like Roxy Music, Brian Eno, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Adrian Belew, and other similar artists. It is curious, but sometimes one really can "judge a book by its cover", and if one does not identify (at least in some way) with some lifestyles, one does not like the music of some artists. In the case of Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music I don`t identify myself with their music and looks because they are "artificial" in many ways. After all, Glam Rock was, in my opinion, a very "artificial" fad in music and looks. Not very authentic for my taste. Sorry. Too much posing, in my opinion.

Well. I finally listened to this album recently. The songs are not bad. All the musicians are very good. And I think that Ferry as a singer is not a bad singer, but i think that he really does not have a very "great" voice. But he sings with a lot of "theatrical" inlfuences. In fact, I think that most of his merits in the music business were and still are to create a very characteristic and personal style of singing and for composing songs (he is the main composer of the songs in this band). He really is very original in all these things. Maybe all these things made him have success in his musical career. But he is the main "star" in this band. Unfortunatley, despite being very good musicians, Thompson, Manzanera and Mackay never have had the same success on their own without being involved in some way with Ferry or with Roxy Music (a similar thing that happened with the musicians in the band called VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR with respect to their singer PETER HAMMILL). So, ROXY MUSIC is mainly Ferry and his music and artistic vision augmented by the contributions of very good musicians which really as a whole define the sound of this band.

I don`t know what Wetton and Jobson were doing in this band, really. Both are very good musicians to be in this band acting as Ferry`s backing musicians. Maybe they needed temporal jobs and they agreed to play with this band. Both sound very well in this band but their talents sound a bit "diluted", acting more like session musicians, but anyway doing very good jobs. Together some years later they founded U.K., a more Progressive Rock band than ROXY MUSIC. I really could not find very much Progressive Rock elements in this album apart from some very good improvisations by Jobson on his electric violin and keyboards. For the most part, the music in this album in my opínion is Pop Rock and Glam Rock. I don`t consider this band as Prog Rock in style.

For collectors and fans only.

 Live by ROXY MUSIC album cover Live, 2003
4.28 | 32 ratings

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Live
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by sinslice

5 stars One of the fundamental aspects of the live shows is to choose properly the list of songs, including the order. Actually, I believe that with skill Ferry and suitable companions made that selection. Throughout the concert, the group will generate a special atmosphere with its classic and others not so much.

The band sounds homogeneous and pure, with good chemistry. It has not lost any of its recognized energy. Ferry's voice and charisma still intact, obviously with more maturity. The sound quality is more than noticeable.

When announcing a meeting of this kind of group for a tour, we bow eyebrows. Looking at the result, I do not have anything but praise. One of the legendary bands that fortunately gave us music of the late previous decade, adding to its already extensive and excellent discography, the best legacy live on stage There is no song or section on or missing. And I find no compelling reason to not qualify this offer as great.

 Avalon by ROXY MUSIC album cover Studio Album, 1982
3.67 | 196 ratings

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Avalon
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars After reuniting for the rather limp Manifesto and Flesh + Blood, Roxy Music regrouped and reimagined themselves for this glorious swansong. The secret to the band getting their groove back was that they realised that the New Romantic crowd were a) looking back to the classic era of Roxy Music for inspiration and b) coming up with some damn fine ideas themselves.

In a way, Avalon is a sort of surrender - Bryan Ferry and his Knights of the Roxy Table passing on the sword to a new generation by embracing that generation's aesthetic and the smooth sophisti-pop tones whilst still creating a space for Ferry's emotive lyrics, Manzanera's guitar work (which is more complex and intricate on this album than you might imagine at a first listen, and Andy Mackay's soulful sax.

It's delicious enough on first listen, but both in the context of Roxy's own discography and the sophisti-synthpop sounds of the time, it feels rather overpolished and tamed - Roxy Music dancing to someone else's beat rather than blazing their own trail as they had from their debut up to Siren. It's not an embarrassing send-off, but it isn't a last-minute triumph either.

 Siren by ROXY MUSIC album cover Studio Album, 1975
3.66 | 164 ratings

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Siren
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars The last album of Roxy Music's first incarnation (before a temporary split, a few mediocre comeback albums, and the swansong of Avalon) feels like it's a concept album in disguise; Bryan Ferry begins the album declaring that "Love is the Drug" for him, but by the end he's realised that it was "Just Another High". Although the band's art rock stylings begin to fray at the edges at some points, at other stages they're as strong as ever - Love Is the Drug is a great, muscular album over which manages to hide some fascinating twists and textures within an illusion of apparent simplicity, in particular - and if they'd never reunited at this point this would have been as good a last gasp as any.
 Country Life by ROXY MUSIC album cover Studio Album, 1974
3.66 | 195 ratings

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Country Life
Roxy Music Crossover Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars If Roxy Music had proved that they could produce an interesting progressive-glam amalgam without Brian Eno on Stranded, they perfected it on Country Life. Bryan Ferry goes full crooner more often than on any previous Roxy Music album, but thanks to Eddie Jobson's more prominent contributions the band's art rock credentials never take a dent. And with the combination of tight compositions and genuine emotional resonance taking the place of the cool detachment of preceding albums, the band were clearly going places. Plus despite all, the band can still get weird; check out Prairie Rose, the album closer, for a perfect mix of new Roxy cool and old Roxy neurosis.
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