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Originally Release : '02, includes covers of songs from Bob Dylan, Leadbelly plus new materials co-written with Dave Stewart, with guests Brian Eno & Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead).
Originally Release : '02, includes covers of songs from Bob Dylan, Leadbelly plus new materials co-written with Dave Stewart, with guests Brian Eno & Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead).
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Frantic [Import]
Artist: Bryan Ferry
Format: CD
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Originally Release : '02, includes covers of songs from Bob Dylan, Leadbelly plus new materials co-written with Dave Stewart, with guests Brian Eno & Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead).

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Solo or with Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry's two key strengths have always been his taste in musical collaborators and his chameleon-like ability to inhabit the musical selections while still remaining unmistakably Ferry-esque. Count Frantic an exemplar of both traits.

Dave Stewart serves as Ferry's co-author for several of the album's strongest cuts, including "Cruel" (a sonic and lyrical descendent of Roxy classic "Love Is the Drug") and "Goddess of Love" (imagine if Avalon had been a blues album). Also lending the material impressive heft are guitar warriors Chris Spedding, Mick Green, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood and, in a left-field twist, ancient country-Cajun icon D.L. Menard, who turns up on a loving, Cajun-ized cover of Kurt Cobain's fave Leadbelly song, "Goodnight Irene." For that and two trips here to the Dylan well (a buoyant, strings-laden "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," a stately piano arrangement of "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright") Ferry's trademark yearning, vibrato-dotted warble seems perfectly suited. And by re-imagining Don Nix's old blues-rock barnstormer "Goin' Down" as a slinkysexycool seduction vehicle, Ferry reclaims his throne as one of pop music's most iconoclastic interpreters.

The record also features Brian Eno on both "Goddess of Love" and "I Thought" (the latter bears an Eno co-writing credit and a melody reminiscent of his "I'll Come Running"), Roxy drummer Paul Thompson on a couple of cuts, and Avalon producer Rhett Davis. In lieu of a new Roxy studio album, Frantic steps into the gap quite nicely.

        
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