As a young waver, I didn’t really know much about Roxy Music. Still don’t, to be quite honest. But what I did know is that Avalon, Roxy Music’s 1982 masterpiece, was the waver equivalent of Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On.
Something about the soft textures, sultry backup singers and Ferry’s mournfully aroused voice just perfectly set the mood for awkward teen intimacy.
The album is chock full of guest stars too, such as Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Mani of The Stone Roses and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. And yes, that’s Kate Moss on the cover.
So with all that firepower, is the album any good? “Shameless” hints that Ferry still has some vitality left:
Unfortunately, most of the time he tries too hard to capture the sensuality that used to come so effortlessly. It’s definitely not an album to get lost in… there are too many dead ends along the way.
But you’ve got to give it to the man, even at 65 he looks good and sure knows how to cast a video: