Monday, April 6, 2015

Album Review: Avonmore by Bryan Ferry

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Then of course there are artists that you are prejudiced to like. Bryan Ferry is one of those artists for me. I've found his stuff to be consistent and solid since Bete Noire back in 1987.  Listening to his latest I found myself quickly falling back into the groove of his music, his sound, his language, but then something happened.

 I started trying to listen to Nickelback and I listened to Kate Pierson and it made me think a bit more critically about Bryan Ferry. In a lot of ways Avonmore has similar problems to the album from Kate Pierson. It is relying too heavily on past successes.  If you are a big Bryan Ferry fan then this album is fine, but it does have some issues.

The biggest issue is his voice.  Ferry has always been this romantic whisperer, but on this album that vocal style loses some of its effect simply because his voice isn't strong enough to pull it off as well as he did even back in 2010 when I reviewed Olympia.  Secondly is that at 69 years old it would be interesting to hear Ferry sing about something different.  I'm also not too keen on his cover of "Send In the Clowns" or "Johnny & Mary."  They don't translate that well to his sound.

Following the Rhapsody rating method I give the album 1 out of 5 stars for Just OK.

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