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SIREN

Roxy Music

 

Crossover Prog

3.66 | 156 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars What will Roxy deliver with "Siren" ?

The first four wonderful minutes are just INCREDIBLE. Of course everybody loves this song (or not ?). Pop, melodious, with great saxing from Mackay. An absolute "chef d'oeuvre". One of their best track ever and the fifth great opener in five albums. It will reach number two on the UK charts (being held off the Nr. one by the re-release of "Space Oddity" from ... Mr. David Bowie). It has been played in every Ferry and Roxy tour since it's release.

The very croony "End Of The Line" is also a very Roxy (Ferry?) song. Omnipresent bass and nice piano. This mellow song has a catchy melody and Ferry sounds pretty decadent in this number (as Roxy was on stage). The pleasure goes on...

"Sentimental Fool" is a very nice ballad, again highlighting Ferry's crooning style. It starts with pretty weird sounds for about 2'30" or so (it reminds the atmosphere of their first album very much). I love that track very much. It opened up Roxy usic's Siren tour in 1975

"Whirlwind" is another gigantic Roxy song : incredible rythm and feeling. Manzarena at his best : one the few hard rock tune from Roxy. "She Sells" is probably the weakest track on "Siren" : rather funky, but still not bad at all. "Could It Happen To Me?" is, again, a very good song : commercial, pop with nice rythm and, again, a great backing band (piano in particular).

IMO, the best is yet to come. "Both Ends Burning" is one of my top five from Roxy : incredible Mackay, great bass from Gustafson, superb vocal interpretation as always. This is a great moment of music. All genres, all periods being considered. This rather long song (over five minutes) for Roxy could have lasted for ever. Such a gorgeous five minutes, man !

"Nightingale" is also very good and keeps the quality of this album at "just another high". I can't help : I just love this Roxy sound ! It's one of the few Manzarena / Ferry compositions. This leads us to the closing number which is ..."Just Another High" ! This closing number is another highlight of this very good album. It will never be played live though.

So, yes, Roxy managed to release another great album after the fantastic "Country Life". This is probably the easiest Roxy album. The bad news is that Roxy decided to disband after this album. Each member pursuing their respective solo careers. The band has left an indelible mark on the seventies : full of creativity and innovation. Each of their first five studio effort ranges from good to sublime. They will come back soon. So, the Roxy adventure is not over yet. Four stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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