Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Best of the 80's: Avalon by Roxy Music

AvalonI'm not the biggest Roxy Music fan by any means.  Their art rock doesn't do a lot for me, but they finished out their run with their most mainstream album in 1982, Avalon, and created a brilliant piece of art. 

My memories of this album begin six years after its release in 1988.  A friend made a copy for me and I put that tape in one night after work at Wendy's.  It was a rainy dreary night and I was feeling a bit wired.  I drove the rain drenched streets of Lexington with this album playing behind me and moved through the 10 tracks as in a dream.  That is the power of this album.  It pulls you into its world from the opening track and never lets go.

There is something about the production that labels this as an early 80's album, but it has aged extremely well. There really isn't a bad spot anywhere on the album and it's the best set of songs Bryan Ferry ever put together.  Ferry is joked about as being the mature yuppy make out music king, well Avalon kicked that whole label off.

Great for late night drives or for setting a mood after the kids have gone to bed.

Following the Rhapsody rating method I give it 5 out of 5 stars for Great.  Currently this album sits at number 53 on the Best of the 80's list. 

1 comment: