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Roxy Music


Crossover Prog

3.67 | 205 ratings

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4 stars If you got up to this "SIREN" album , the fifth album in Roxy's discography, I suppose you quiet got the idea, that Roxy was a mutable organism, that moved freely and unattached, even to its "followers" or markets at the time. Therefore, surprises were always welcomed, knowing beforehand, that great and daring performances, were part of the game always. Newcomers, yes you will read the word pop, written on all reviews, that are in PA, I suppose it should sound like BLASPHEMY!!! Well for starters, most proggers only know those 2 terms, POP or PROG. I suppose that "Rock" as such, takes them back to Chuck Berry or Little Richard. BUT no!, The Beatles were "Rock", "Yes" one, was Pop/Rock . Anyway, a "Rock", album that is pushed in a mish-mash of a category, alongside M.Oldfield/Phideaux/Supertramp/Peter Gabriel/ and everyone that doesn't fit anywhere, being that, "Roxy" was born Avant-Garde from day one, if excluded by the then RIO/AG "serious" musicians, now copy-cats of the first two albums,was by luck, BUT yes!!, this band was born Avant- Garde, with the same, " No-Sell-Out " ideology of those RIO musicians. That, they share the same flat with Mr. Oldfield, is just coincidental. as with the other guests. As told, the 5th project, of a never-repeating, always daring, perfect-pitch studio performances and commited, if not always happy, but yes!!, always comitted band founders, Andy Mackay and Phil Manzanera, to Bryan Ferry's visions and muses, and down straight, street experiences, with the girls, and with his haunting-obsessions. A gifted composer who has the attribute of self -demanding evolution ,musically speaking of course, that moves everywhere and nowhere (Manifesto), with impeccable (if not always) great results. Roxy was never a sell-out band, even when they tried, their language, even if highly sophisticated, still carries, the "rebel" torch, like a "birthmark" for good and bad (like the Crimson, they never made "BIG" money, they were not "show-biz" material) the curse of not selling your soul.... So, if you like to explore the 5th offering, well no-speed freak will feel comfortable here..I guess, an "Avant-Garde Jazz/Rock" Roxy-style, tagging will suit. If you have the whim for the "strange", Roxy 1 & 2, will fill it up. SO, cross-over, because Roxy, knows no boundaries, but their own, and their "worlds" either there be "Bogus Man" or "Sentimental Fool" wil always be Roxy's "orbit". So, if not for "Just Another HIgh", the last song (too long & boring), an easy 5 stars, not being the case, ****4.5, almost perfect always searching!, PA-stars!!
admireArt | 4/5 |


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