Bryan Ferry – Bête Noire (V2474) (1987)

SAM_0182Cut, as they are, from much the same cloth, how you rate Bryan Ferry‘s second post-Roxy Music solo album depends very much on your opinion about Avalon, Roxy’s last studio Lp, and Boys and Girls, the singer’s previous solo record. If you regard a combination of atmosphere, groove and languidity as the height of sophistication, then Bête Noire is, indeed, a good bet. If, however, you believe Ferry’s modus operadi smacks of sterility and melody dearthness, then you’ll want to search elsewhere for your kicks. Though its silken allure begins to wane by the second song on side two, I still like it.

Co-produced by Madonna collaborator Patrick Leonard to very high technical specs. Another £1 VG+ rekkid from Ashford yesterday.SAM_0183

Published in: on November 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. the worst track on “boys and girls” is better than the best on this! although not even close to “b&g”, at least the next originals solo album “mamouna” is a big improvement on “BN”…

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