The fourth album
from Roxy Music – and quite possibly the best to date! The album
has the group moving strongly past the Eno years, into a tighter frame
work that still contains many of the darker themes of earlier record
s. Ferry's lead vocals are incredibly majestic – rising to heights to match the European greats of years past who were his inspiration – and the group's tight blend of reeds, guitar, and moody keyboards gives the whole album
an off-kilter sense of instrumentation that really sets it apart from the pack. There's an artfulness here that's never overdone, and the whole thing comes together with a magic that's impossible to describe, but which is Roxy at their best. Titles include "Out Of The Blue", "The Thrill Of It All", "Three & Nine", "Triptych", "Casanova", and "Prairie Rose".
(US pressing on Atco in the uncensored cover, including the printed inner sleeve.)