Roxy Music is the debut studio album by the English rock band Roxy Music. It was released on 16 June 1972. It was generally well received by contemporary critics and made it to number 10 in the UK Albums Chart.Wikipedia
big up Virginia Plain. Literally no idea what any of these songs are about and I refuse to learn. vibes only
The first few songs have a bit of a Grateful Dead meets David Bowie feel before the prog/art rock really takes hold. Brian Eno’s contribution is immense and hints at his ambient music aspirations. Frankly this album absolutely blew me away. The suite like nature of the album plays best as a whole and the genre fluidity works very well for them. This album is way ahead of its time and parts of it sound like it could have been released by contemporary independent artists.
The saying, "Don't just a book by its cover" doesn't usually apply to albums. Generally speaking, you WANT your album covers to give people an indication of what they're getting into. Before I hit play on this one, I had a definite idea of what I was about to be listening to. I was wrong. This was ... good. The Wiki article has this pegged as "glam rock" and "prog rock" but, to me, it felt like proto-punk. In a good way. I don't know. Whatever it is, I dig it. Docked a star because a lot of the second half is too damn Brian Eno for my liking. Also, WTF is up with that last track? It's a rip off of the damn Monster Mash. Why would you do that?
Solid 4 from a band I've never heard of. Feels ahead of its time in 1971
I liked this for the most part. I had no idea what I was going into with this one, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Loved the experimental and eclectic sound. Also loved the way that this album felt like a story without the use of skits, very cohesive and has musical through lines.
It's so weird, I love it!
Debut album from Roxy Music and along with their next album "For Your Pleasue" are the only albums with keyboardist Brian Eno. Descriptions of this music and this album are avant-garde, innovative, experimental, glam...I would agree to all that; at this point, this music is hard to define. I hear jazz, prog rock, 50's and early 60's rock and glam rock. Their latter albums have a more distinct style, a "Roxy Music" feel. A thing you do hear throughout are major contributions from each of their members. Every member seems to standout at different times from the sax, drums, guitar, Eno's keyboards and Bryan Ferry's piano and voice. The lyrics are mostly about romance or some aspect of a relationship. This album is considered a major influence on future rock and punk. I do hear that. The album kicks off with "Re-Make/Re-Model" which has a lot going on. Fast drumming, interesting guitar and guitar solo and at times sounds like jazz. It also sounds like a song perfectly fitting on a late 70's Talking Heads' album. On the next song, "Ladytron", I hear a lot of Gary Numan. Brian Eno makes his synthesizers sound like outer space. One of the best songs on the album. "Chance Meeting" is another song dominated by Eno. The US release (not UK) had "Virginia Plain," one of my favorite Roxy Music songs, and their only single connected with the album. It's a more traditional rock song structure with the Roxy Music style you'd hear later that decade. This album is considered one of the best debut albums and I think rightfully so. It showcases an immensely talented band and their initial unique sound.
I talked about this before when I reviewed Roxy Music’s other album this is just a really incredible experience every song hits hard as fuck 10/10
Some sort of mix between Bowie and Pink Floyd. First half was very good, second half reminded me of The Wall.
Great drums, great guitar, unique vocals, and uniqueness everywhere... what's not to like? Solid find for me.
Loved this album! Can't believe I never got to it before. They must be an influence for Talking Heads.
I don't really know what it is. Rock/punk? This one really can't be judged by its cover, but it is a solid 4 stars.
This album is really astonishing for the time when it was made. It sounds like a post-punk album but was made before anything but the earliest punk albums had been released. The music can be a bit much at times, but overall it's a really fun listen and sounds way ahead of its time 4/5
Nevrr listened to this before. I just don't know. Was it good? Was it bad? I think it kind of was good, but I'm scared. Let's say it was.
Dad rock. Virgin Records? More like Made by Virgins, lmao
Es un disco chistoso. Suena sexy. Suena misterioso. Suena pasado de lanza, exagerado, campy se podría decir. Es inteligente, es tonto. Es profundo y superficialmente brillante. Phil Manzanera elevó la guitarra en este disco a otro nivel, wow. Brian Ferry canta como un viejo cochino, me encanta. 5 de 5 y así.
Британцы, 1972, дебютный альбом. Детище Брайана Ферри, первая группа Брайана Ино. Арт-рок, глэм-рок.
Did not expect this to be as good as it was. That's on me.
The perfect debut - The first five Roxy Musis albums are all 5 star albums - this is one is a super 5-star album.
Impossible to really rate an album on first listen alone so I am rating based on how interesting I find it and how likely I am to relisten to it and the band/artist's other work. Overall this album was very enjoyable. The mix of simple song structure with some more experimental sounds reminded me of David Bowie. Also got some King Crimson vibes from the woodwinds. 2HB, The Bob and Chance Meeting was the highlight for me. The drums in 2HB sound so good. Definitely giving this album another listen and checking out the band's other albums.
Great starter album - always thought this was Ian drury!
A classy album, this one. It's so classy, you can use the cover model's pubes as dental floss. But yes, this is a sophisticated album intended for we sophisticated cats. The ideal circumstance for listening to this album is whilst sitting beside a roaring fireplace, reading Nabokov's Pale Fire, lazily swirling some Rémy Martin around the glass and being fellated by the woman on the front of that month's Vogue. Indeed, that's how Bryan Ferry ends his Wednesdays. I'm quite a fan of Roxy Music. I love them in a similar way to how I love the Happy Mondays. I love their inventiveness, their oddball discernment, their magpie ransacking of any and all music trends that took their fancy, their unabashed hedonism (which led to both Roxy and the Mondays putting underdressed lovelies on their album covers; neither group could remotely be called feminist). Also like the Mondays, Roxy moderately pissed on their reputational chips with later demerits, leading T-Rex/the Stone Roses to nab more than their fair share of glam/baggy kudos. But this is their first album, so let's save that story for the last Roxy album on the list (Country Life, if you're wondering). Roxy Music gestated in that classic incubator for smart British bands, the art college. In fact, Roxy Music may well qualify as the quintessential art college band. Bryan Ferry, the son of a Geordie miner, was magnetically drawn to the Fine Art department of Newcastle University (not technically an art college, but it's not as if he studied chemical engineering). Under the tutelage of Richard Hamilton (who designed the cover of the Beatles White Album), Ferry became devoted to living a life governed by elegance, taste and flair, seeking to unite his idols Marcel Duchamp, Humphrey Bogart and Otis Redding. Brian Eno, the son of an Essex postman, immersed himself in the then-nascent postmodern attitude of questioning every assumption that British art colleges had fostered. Wielding a post-structuralist arsenal of hypotheses and approaches, Eno sought to put art theory into music practice. (One oddity about Roxy Music is that, for all their assertions that they were creating a new aristocracy, along with Bryan Ferry's latter penchants for foxhunting and Eton, the band members' backgrounds were almost all firmly working-class. The ony posh one in the group was public-school-educated guitar ace Phil Manzanera, the son of a man who worked for a British airline and who might have been a spy working throughout Latin America). Roxy Music was Bryan's baby, but though he was unquestionably the leader (one constant source of resentment within the group was Bryan's insistence that he be credited with "words and music" on the album, meaning he'd get the bulk of the royalties), Bryan needed the rest of the group to construct his vision. Also, Brian had gallons of ideas of his own, and though Bryan and Brian would battle in part over who had the biggest avant-garde chops (also, Bryan got miffed at the remarkable quantity of ladies who bounced upon Brian), on the first two Roxy albums one can feel how synergistic Bryan and Brian were. These ideas, which can't be attributed solely to Bryan or to Brian, include a pop-art derived rejection of high-low culture boundaries. In the first track, Re-make/Re-model, has each band member play an excerpt from another piece of music: Graham Simpson, the soon-departing bassist plays the riff from Day Tripper, Andy Mackay, the saxophonist and oboist (and son of a London gas man) plays Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, etcetry etcetry. This was at a time when prog rock was trying to build its own high-low culture barrier, putting itself on the high side. This is surely a reason to love Roxy Music: they pointed out, musically and comically, that those prog popinjays were a phananx of wankers. If I had to single out a curious factor from this album, it would be its romanticism. Yes, it's a romanticism that's been dolled up with camp and irony, but it's still romanticism under the cosmetics. This is due to Bryan, not Brian. Whereas Brian would nick prodigiously from the past because the very idea of such theft interested him, Bryan truly venerated the matinee idols and soul singers of his youth, and he was clever enough to clock that he could be simultaneously arch and sincere. So, we get his paean to Bogart (2HB), his three-part vignette on love discovered, consummated and recalled (If There Is Something), and his doo-wop pastiche (Bitter Ends). That said, Bryan's romanticism (which occasionally veered into chauvinism) is only one facet of this great album, and I wish I'd said more about Andy and Phil (I don't know what the drummer Paul Thompson's dad did for a living). But there's so much to devour here, and I've wittered on enough already, so why not find out yourself? Play this album, it's dead classy.
What a start to Eno's storied career. Roxy Music is brash , unforgiving, creative, and yet relatable. It doesn't take a music genius to hear what makes this album such a delight. Every bit of flavor on top of the beautiful vocals and driving guitars pulls this album up from being a 'pretty good' 70s bop to a greatest album of all time. rarely does it drag and in the times it does I can find solace in knowing it will be payed off. beautiful project. for starting Brian Enos career and still being a banger of an album. 9.9/10
What a strange, curious and immensely enjoyable experience this turned out to be. Roxy Music treads a line between wry and weird that very few manage successfully - Sparks, perhaps? But more than that, Roxy Music is the questing sound of a bunch of outsiders pulling apart and examining tropes of rock and roll in real time. And, of course, the hand of Bryan Ferry means that there are moments of warped romanticism to be found, too. Heady stuff.
Prefs: Re-Make/Re-Model, Ladytron, If There Is Something, Virginia Plain, 2 H.B., The Bob (Medley), Would You Believe?, Sea Breezes, Bitters End Moins pref: Chance Meeting (still good)
Likte kje så godt Roxy når eg va sånn 12, men no e da et av mine favorittband
I do love Roxy Music, this is a belter!
It's Roxy Music's debut. Banging. This is the album I've actually listened to properly. Reading these reviews I hadn't realised how little cut through Roxy had to the (presumably) American market. Side A is absolutely impeccable. Every song, 6/5. Genuinely one of the best records ever.
I'd never really given Roxy Music a chance and knew little about them. This album, with that in mind, comes as quite a pleasant surprise. While the songs often jump off the rails and lose cohesion, they are a continual feed of ear candy and dynamic shift. The second half of this album is definitely less cohesive and satifsying, but overall, what a debut album. I'll be listening to a lot more Roxy Music, that's for sure.
I hadn’t really listened to Roxy Music much prior to this project, but now I’m on album #2 and it seems that I am quite taken by this eccentric band. The instrumentation is wonderfully wild (Castanets! Oboe solos! Wackadoo synths!). The odd, quavering vocals deliver some pretty interesting lyrics. At times I’m not sure what abuse the guitar is being subjected to to make those noises. Every time I listen I hear more and more. I love it! I’m a fan!
Pleasant, understated, playful. The band fits every instrument but the kitchen sink (I think) into a collection rock songs, without busting open the album form. The outstanding elements are noisy bits which do not grate, distinctly British vocals, and the lack of idle repetition or filler of any other kind. There is a taste of prog composition in the penultimate track, but in a quiet way. Nothing is particularly earworm on first impression.
Really something quite else. I don't think it's ever really been duplicated.
I liked this. Felt like so many of these i kinda knew, but not these versions. Maybe they are covers or covered.
Never heard this self-titled one and, can't really say much other than I love RM.
Close to a 5. Loving the saxophone
1972, glam Rock, Art Rock, progressive Rock, is nice, geht hard
Madrugada hørte visstnok på KUN Roxy music på en hel europaturné en gang. Det er kanskje i overkant. Men mye fint her. Et band jeg definitivt bør stifte bedre bekjentskap til. Virginia plain - særs catchy og artig låt.
Un álbum con muchos moods, y en ese sentido, mucho rouuuck pero con varias cosas alrededor, una mezcolanza quizá no tan atrevida de géneros, pero que sí se distingue. Igual todo me sonó bastante bien. Disfruté mucho la batería en varias canciones y aunque pienso que no hay skips, sí tengo una canción fav: "If There Is Something", gran gran rolón. 9/10
Las primeras 3 canciones y The Bob me emocionaron un buen, quizás por eso las demás me parecieron algo anticlimáticas. De todas formas, bastaron para que disfrutara esta escucha, los vientos de fondo en varias canciones y las partes super alargadas de la guitarras me parece que son lo más valioso del album. Mood: quién es roxy?
A bit unassuming but good! Relistenible, chill, good vibes. 8
7/10. walks the line between fun and annoying pretty well.
Wonderful flow and a dream like quality make this unmissable.
Rock and pop vibes with some fun beats
Pretty good over all. Ladytron is a standout. Falls apart a bit at the end.
Psychelic - P&T liked, Nicki not so much
Uneven but quite good
LOL WOMAN ON COVER MAKING MEN JIZZ SINCE 70'S
I'm pretty familiar with Eno's work but not Roxy Music, and all I knew about it was that they were supposed to be glam rock. I don't know that we get all that much glam here but we do get a near-perfect side A of explorative and wild rock that I'm shocked I've never heard before. Side B fares considerably worse, where the tracks range from "aimless but enjoyable" to "how did this get recorded?" but oh that side A
What if the Spiders from Mars actually sounded like they were from Mars? After the barrage of British new-wave the generator was spitting out, the more experimental (and at times, playful) sounds of Roxy Music were like an oasis. The opener "Re-Make/Re-Model" gives you no real idea as to what the song is about with its title, but it may as well be a mission statement for the entire album, as nearly every song reinvents itself over the course of their runtimes, with Bryan Ferry's erratic, sometimes borderline unhinged singing often the only anchor. Even the shorter songs manage to flip switches on you: Chance Meeting gives you about 30 seconds before the music gives the lyrics a completely different complexion. The second half isn't as captivating as the really strong first side, but at its dullest, it still managed to keep my interest. Key Tracks: Re-Make/Remodel, Ladytron, If There Is Something
P. Good 👍
Loved everything about the album except Ferry’s singing. The bass is ridiculous.
Slaps right from the start. Then the second song sounds like an intro and the rest of the album washes over me. I couldn’t care less for the singing, but it would probably get boring without the vocals.
Flowed fairly well. nothing truly banging. 3.5/5
Наконец что-то похожее на хорошую музыку. Действительно хороший альбом. Довольно странно, что до 1001 я о группе вроде даже ничего и не слышал. Звучит как нечто, что по праву должно иметь признание в культурных кругах. Судя по Вики, оно так и вышло, но до меня как-то эхо признания не добралось. Перед нами первый альбом коллектива. Звучит довольно профессионально и зрело, качество записи весьма на уровне. Альбом комплексный, много всяких жанров завезли, какие-то – по кайфу, как прог- и психоделик-, какие-то ¬– душат, как глэм-рок. Занимательно, что второй же заметкой об альбоме я написал «Virginia Plain заёбывает». Хм-м… интересно, какой же единственный трек вышел синглом альбома? Думаю, когда-нибудь смогу составить список худших треков альбомов, что становятся синглами. Также к душным трекам можно отнести 2HB, Would You Believe? звучит довольно навязчиво. Да и при многократном переслушивании даже неплохие треки душить начинают, вроде The Bob. И подобное отталкивает от глубокого знакомства с творчеством коллектива. Но есть прям неоспоримая годнота вроде Re-Make/Re-Model, If There Is Something, Sea Breezes. Такие треки прям тащат. Особенно в душу запал If There Is Something с его панковским вокалом и прогрессивным, арт- инструменталом. Но всего этого словно мало для благоговения перед альбомом. Ещё занимательно, что обложка показалась весьма проходной и какой-то пустой, мейкап у тян отвратительный, да и одежда безвкусная. А ведь чуть ли не благодаря обложке группе удалось подписать контракт на издание альбома. По итогу имеем просто хороший, крепкий альбом. Хотя бы с оценкой не приходится сомневаться, ровно 4 из 5.
wild pastiche with bizarre instrumentation. fun stuff!
Brilliant piece of work. Virginia Plain gets the 4 stars alone
Wrong album. Stranded (the third Roxy Music album) is easily the best. But this is still very good - even avant garde in its day,
Side one is approaching masterpiece status. One great song after another. Unfortunately side 2 slows down appreciably but not to the extent to give this great debut anything but a great score 4.5 stars
Art rock en la seva forma més recomenable: composicions extraordinàries però digeribles, arranjaments creatius i avantgardistes però agradables a l'oïda i cançons que per més que les escoltes sempre acabes trobant elements nous per disfrutar-les. Tot i les clares diferències, em recorda el que també aconseguiria Talking Heads als pocs anys. Unes formes d'art de molt alt nivell que no estan dirigides només a estudiants de conservatori o crítics amb ínfules
Glam-rock muy animado.
De stem van Brian Ferry, heerlijk. Niet hun beste album vind ik overigens
Elska þetta stöff!
A brave debut. Bounces around all sorts of genres and the band don't really give a fuck what you think. And it works.
I wasn't really feeling much until the second half of the album, which was very strong IMO. It wasn't so bad that I was going to try to stop listening (I haven't gotten to that point with that many albums yet) but I felt so-so until a few songs in. Sometimes, that's all you need.
4.4 - Bryan Ferry’s vibrato, cushy bass lines, jangly extended saxophone solos, songs that descend into colorful chaos…and Brian Eno pulls it all together with his studio wizardry.
The soundtrack for an unofficial gang bang that escalated into a mass suicide.
I'm happy I'm listened twice to this one - the first time it faded into the background a bit when playing on my speaker as I worked. Really interesting sound, I especially liked the use of sax and synth (early for it's time I believe). I found it hard to pick a top choice, but I'm going with 'If There Is Something'. As an aside, I really like the album art too!
I never knew how Bowie-y they were towards the beginning. This was great
A brilliant debut though they got much better later.
J'avais peur au départ. Jusqu'à maintenant, à chaque fois qu'on parlait d'un chanteur en le comparant à Brian Ferry, je n'aimais pas ça. Voici donc enfin le temps d'entendre ce qu'il fait. Et bien c'est pas si mal. Il y a son tremolo qui peut venir agaçant, mais dans l'ensemble, avec cette formation, ça passe bien. Le style théâtral n'est pas trop dérangeant avec la masse de sons qu'on retrouve dans plusieurs pièces et la façon que la voix est mixée. Ensuite, en approchant cet album en terme de face A et B comme à sa sortie, la face A est vraiment super bonne. L'intro du disque m'a fait penser à un mix de l'intro de Tales From the Punchbowl et du Brown Album de Primus. Peut-être des clins d'oeil à cet album. Après on est dans un rock vraiment pas plate. Le mix sax, guitare et synthétiseur de la première chanson est fantastique. Dans son ensemble, j'aime le côté que Brian Eno apporte au groupe. La face B s'essouffle un peu et à partir de Chance Meeting, mon intérêt s'en allait tranquillement, du moins à la première écoute. Par contre à la fin de l'album, j'avais envie de le remettre. Je ne connais pas les autres disques du groupe, mais pour un premier album, ça part vraiment fort. Un album que je vais assurément revisiter. Pièce préférée: Re-Make/Re-Model
Connaissais juste de nom. Pleins de trucs full intéressants! Du hautbois encore 😄 des sons de synth vraiment cool, des structures atypiques, mélodies de bass sur du noise full lyrique, d'autre fois presque atonal sur qqch de plus conssonnant. Souvent le pitch est rough (le piano qui embarque après le solo de sax soprano... ischhhh ça passe raide. Le son est pas malade ça sonne boxy bien souvent , un peu garage mais avec des citations de Ravel😄 Les tounes plus rock n roll sont moins l'fun. Les voix sont pas malades...surtout celui qui vibrate à la Julien Clair Ça mérite d'être sur cette liste amplement !
An interesting album that is over the place, but also offers a glimpse of the brilliance that was to come in subsequent albums.
Wow, I'm surprised how fresh this sounds despite being over 50 years old. Must have been unreal at the time. great use of non-musical sound effects without sounding too busy or gimmicky. Sea Breezes is a lovely change, showing the band's diversity. Holy shit, I can't believe this was a debut!
I liked this a lot more than the other albums I've had by them. I thought I gave both previous ones a 2, but apparently one of them got a 3. I don't remember that one at all, but I probably like this one better. 3.5/5
crazy like a rox
What amazing debut album. Perfect glam played by a band that looked the part and played the part unlike the other brickies in lipstick that doomed the genre. Four stars for this one though as it was in many ways a band still discovering their sound. The experimenting feeling disjointed stacked against Re-Make/Re-Model and Ladytron
Cosmic Rock? Yeh. Would this be worse if you listen to the version without 'Virginia's Plain'? Also yeh. Did I enjoy this? Too bloody yeh.
I love all of Roxy Music's catalog. This is definitely during their more experimental years with Brian Eno's strange compositions & Bryan Ferry's drug fueled cabaret style vocals. I deeply appreciate this band & their influence on rock n roll.
I didn't give this the attention it deserved the first time around, so I skimmed through it again before writing this. My initial impressions were correct: Roxy Music is weird and wonderful. Honestly, I was thrown from the get-go, trying to come up with some sort of context while listening to the first track, "Re-Make/Re-Model," and I finally landed on "the Stooges meets Talking Heads." Granted, the Talking Heads came came after Roxy Music, but Ferry's vocals have a David Byrne feel to them at times. Things only got weirder and harder to categorize as the album continued, but this is clearly some high-level '70s rock, heavy on the glam. There's some fantastic guitar in here--and fantastic everything else, too. Discovering the Brian Eno was a part of the band at this time certainly explained some things. There's a lot to process here, and I'm going to dive in again in the near future. I'm impressed.
-Re-Make/Re-Model" is a great tune and the trade-off solos across a bunch of instruments is fun -"Would You Believe" starts off kinda boring but then kicks in and becomes a great tune. I like the old school distorted guitar -Rest of the songs were pretty dang plain. A very weak 4
Not bad purdy good
Alot going on here. But I like chaotic/weird music so this is right up my alley. Great album in terms of the music. The band sounds GREAT here. Not a perfect album by any means, but really solid stuff here. It got better on my second listen. This is an album you have to be in a specific mood in, but I can see myself revisiting this.
Wow. This is one of the most exciting debut records I’ve heard. That opening track! It’s all over the place, it takes some pretty large leaps and, for me, absolutely sticks the landings. I will have to return to their subsequent albums to see if I have a new appreciation for them because this album was an amazing surprise.
Great album. Not my genre of music but it was a vibe
Not my favorite Roxy Music album. but pretty good.
Me gusto mucho
How have I never heard of Roxy Music? Even my Alex refused to play this album - "Do you want to hear rocket music on Pandora"? I do not. "Playing Avalon by Roxy Music". Closer. I had to listen on my laptop. What is this? 2005? But the good news is that using the Music app allowed me to see the bitchin' moving art work on the album cover. It's like we're living in Harry Potter land, if Harry Potter the offspring of Mick Jagger and, uh, I don't even know - some early rock saxophone prodigy. "Re-make/Re-model" made me happy; I have no freaking idea what it is, but wow that's catchy. And a short Beatles homage (pronounced without the 'h', of course) in the middle? Wow. But at the same time it's like they're saying "We ain't your grandpa's Beatles", except the Beatles weren't grandpas and were clearly on the top of their wave. I don't love every tune, but Ladytron and Virginia Plain are particular standouts. The rest can be a combination of the Partridge Family + David Bowe + 70's TV chase music, on acid. So I'm gonna let Alexa have her way and play "Avalon", which I learned is the band's last album. EDIT - I knew this reminded me of something, but I couldn't figure out what. Well, boys. I figured it out - it reminds me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VsmF9m_Nt8 . This is an Italian dude in the 70's who wrote a gibberish dance song that sounds like English to non-English speakers. It was widely successful. Alright!
When I saw the cover and heard the vocals, I grunted and thought of how unsexy this is. But then I heard the instruments. j i z z z
Really surprised by this one. Lots of fun, really dynamic electronic sounds for the time and a nice bowie feeling to the performances.
Never been the biggest Roxy Music fan but their debut album definitely still packs a punch after all this time. The contrasting Eno/Ferry dynamic seems to work in perfect synchrony here, but the reality is that both of them would go on to far better things afterwards. The second half of this album is dominated by Eno’s experimentalism and is all the better for it, but there’s no getting away from how influential this album has become. Hard to add much more, while I prefer their later stuff and am unlikely to return to this record any time soon, it has plenty to offer a wide spectrum of listeners.
love the vibes, some bangers, some stuff i wasn’t crazy about. all in all good!
First time listening to Roxy music. I actually really enjoyed it.
Held out for a long time - they were just too much in the 80s, but now seeing the genius of the early stuff
It's a classic! It's a banger!
The one with Virginia Plain, which is enough to merit being on the list. But it's also the one with If There Is Something, which turns out to be...wait for it...better than something. It's such a Goddamn great, epic song that bleeds right into the aforementioned Virginia Plain. Maybe the most impressive part of this album is that at no point whatsoever could you pinpoint the year it was released (unless you knew the year already, which would be cheating). This in no way sounds anything like 1972, or even 1982. It somehow sounds fresh. Turns out their debut album was as good as it ever get for Roxy. I'd give this thing a 5 if not for the debate over Virginia Plain not being on the original UK release of the album. Plus it does lose a little steam towards the end.
Ok Roxy Music has no right to be this enjoyable. Knowing nothing about it except for the album cover I was expecting dated tracks I could appreciate but not be invested in; next thing I knew I had listened to the whole thing like 3 times 😅. I wish I had the technical or historical knowledge to explain why this record sounds the way it does: it reminds me of 50’s music but also of a lot of stuff that came after, even of music outside the U.S. like Sui Generis. I’m really looking forward to tackling “For Your Pleasure” and delving deeper into Brian Eno’s other musical projects.
Didn't know this band and enjoyed that a lot 4.3
I really liked the first track and a couple others. Other than that, it was alright. Wasn’t a fan of his vocals a few times, but it wasn’t as jarring as *ahem* other artists *ahem*. I can see the early punk influences and how it fits into the larger music canon but wasn’t really my thing.
Enjoyed this album overall, though some parts more than others. Good musicianship, lots of interesting ideas, and can clearly see why it was so influential. Not sure how much I would be likely to revisit, although it seems like it could be a grower.
Not too bad - definitely had that 70's alternative, art rock sort of feel.
I enjoyed that far more than I anticipated. Something about Ferry always creeped me out. My sister was a fan when I was a kid, every time I heard his voice or saw him on TV I'd cringe, there seemed something wrong about him. Musically this band are great though, that dampens the cringing down enough to somewhat enjoy the stuff.
Some good tracks, interesting tunes. Nothing mind blowing.
couple decent songs but a lot of just noise
I like some of their other stuff better, but still good.
i don't want to give it a full four because there were some songs where i was like ok hmmm this is too weird for me but some of them were just weird enough where i was really enjoying it. the first half of the album was super fun and unique to listen to, they have their own sound and have fun experimenting with it. if i could give 3.5 i would, if the latter half of the album didn't go off the rails it would be 4
Not bad. Like a mix of David Byrne's voice, David Bowie's weirdness, and a little sprinkle of 50's era Rock n Roll
Psychedelic and weird
It was okay, some songs were fun
Fun and bouncy. Not overly memorable though.
I reckon I'm at 0 when it comes to Roxy Music, one of those legendary bands I've never got around to pay attention to. At first I thought it was going to be too bombastic, but thankfully it stopped short of "too". Nice eclectic mix, a couple of fillers, but overall a good album, very creative.
Some great tunes
started off really poorly and I was ready to rate low, but it picked up! Again, not really a fan and don't intend to listen again, but its interesting to see early experimentation into artpop and artrock. Glad they did this for future bands, but still not an album for me.
I thought the first and third songs were pretty hype but everything else was boring at best. 6
From the Wikipedia article, I got that Roxy music has great importance in music history, but their songs are too basic for my taste. Good songs but just it.
I originally didn't think I would like this, but there was enough weirdness, and actually really solid drumming that kept me interested. Has a little more going on than a typical 1970s classic rock album. I like it.
I had really high expectations for this album because a lot of music critics I like regard it highly and it's one of Brian Eno's first projects so I was hype to hear his influence. Then "If There Is Something," came on and I'm like is this the Grateful Dead, what is going on? And that "huh, what is this?" vibe continued for me throughout the album. Mind you I don't hate the Grateful Dead but it was just unexpected, which I think was kind of the vibe they were going for on this album. A lot of cool experimentation for pop songs that I can tell influenced future artists, but it definitely could of used some refining.
My first introduction to Roxy Music was visual. I spent my early teens hanging out at the Northland Mall in Worthington, MN (side note -Joe Exotic once held an animal showing there!) Many mall hours were whiled away flipping g through every available album in the Musicland record store, and the Roxy Music covers got my attention. It wasn’t until college that I paid attention to the tunes. This is a good album. I really like the guitars on the opening track and throughout. “Virginia Plain” was the hit, and the rest is pretty listenable, especially “If There Is Something” and “The Bob”. Album rates a strong 3.5 stars, but I have to round down due to “Sea Breezes” which stumbles into Pere Ubu territory.
Liked it more than I though but that still only warrants a 3 star
Really interesting instrumentation. At once almost like a jazz ensemble, passing solos around while a chord progression repeats underneath...but then one song borders on classic country rock, at least until the vocals come in. And all the oboe? And even an English horn??
Roxy Music is kind of in a league of it's own, in that it's hard for me to find strong comparisons. That, combined with the strong show of compositions, makes me adore this album's presence. It's pretty weird, but also loud and fun! It also takes time to wind down and get pretty lowkey, which is always welcome for pacing purposes as long as the songs don't suck (they're fine here). Pretty good overall!
Production: 14/20 Songwriting: 15/20 Innovation: 13/20 Bangers: 4/20 Emotional response: 12/20 =58
Putting it in the context of 1972 its definitely a cool mix of pop and experimental sounds.
Art rock at its artiest. BT: Re-make/Re-model, If There is Something, Would You Believe?
This one was very interesting. More experimental than other albums from its time. It's not as good as other glam albums, but it marks where the whole genre would shift from there.
Good intro to the Roxy style and clearly an "important" album, but it didn't really grab me. I kind of agree with Bryan Ferry's displeasure with the arrangements of some of these tunes.
Do all Brian Eno produced albums end badly?
New to me. Pleasant surprise. Wild flavors, reminiscent of Rocky Horror; deliciously somber notes of Eno. 💘
Enjoyable and interesting. Excellent in parts but a bit grating in others. A pretty solid 3 for me
Fun arty and weird vibes. Definitely an album for a specific time and mindset, but excellent if it is what I am craving that day.
Pretty cool. Knew of them, never listened. Kinda Bowie-esque.
Me lembrou um Talking Heads e nao era nem um pouco o que eu esperava (julgando o livro pela capa do album)
Meh, it's not bad, but Roxy Music has never hooked me.
Wiec dowiedzialem sie, ze thinkpadowa klawka ma super fukcje zmiany stronki zaraz obok klawiszy strzlkowych, a nie bede drugi raz pisal tego samego do czego co juz wiem, to zebym tylko mial z czym kojarzyc roxowy music jedno stwierdzenie musi pasc, Brian Eno Top
сколько там, полгода прошло с прошлой ревьюхи? за это время пытался прогнать альбом ну раз пять наверное. и, при всей привлекательности на бумаге, так и не мог найти для него место в сердце, ну просто тупо мало хорошего контента, хотя начинается как раз с козырей. первую песню всегда отмечал очень положительно. а потом как-то все сливалось, вроде вокалист своей саркастической харизмой приязнь вызывает, но его в песнях по минимуму, куда больше места занимают унылые проигрыши и дрочьба в пустоту. сонграйтинг тоже не передовой, разных партий в песнях много, но над ними не проведено работы, они не склеены и не перерастают друг в друга, просто есть и довольные торчат как заноза в жопе. потом, буквально с неделю назад, смотрел фильм Бархатная Золотая Жила, и там услышал песню Ladytron. и внезапно понял, несколько она мне нравится. прямо такой: ну все, надо собраться с силами, переслушать и проникнуться окончательно. переслушал - и понял, что все, нахуй надо. ну не идёт никак, не западают остальные песни в голову. Что-то в каждой есть, но не так много, чтобы внимание этому уделять. поэтому ставлю прямо середняру - 5/10, да и бог с ними, хороших песен у них все равно достаточно, неуклюжий дебют вполне можно простить
Never heard these guys but heard of them. I know it's that early glam rock stuff. Might be ok, might suck. Gets pretty spacey at times but also rocks, I guess Bowie comparisons? Got a bit long towards the end, couldn't honestly remember any of it even an hour or two later, but still 3/5 for not pissing me off at the time haha.
Musically very interesting, just not my cup of tea really, style wise. Not a fan of this typically 70s instrumental cacophony :)
Wel leuk in het begin, maar verveelt nogal snel
I'd heard this once before and generally enjoyed listening again- though I think the first half of the album is much stronger. Remake/Remodel is an excellent, chaotic, humourous introduction to the band, with a driving, insistent beat and number-plate backing vocals and pop music allusions galore. This seems to pre-empt the spirit of art-punk five years early and carries through to other tracks like Ladytron, If There is Something and parts of Bob Medley. The doo-wop closer is pleasant but a bit lightweight, and other longer tracks like Sea Breezes and Bob Medley end up feeling a bit disjointed rather than adventurous. I'd still like to hear this again though and think it may grow on me.
Promising start. Moments of fun. But overall, I just find Roxy Music irritating - purely personal preference, can't quite put my finger on why.
Half gedraaid, eigenlijk beter dan ik dacht. Toch nog eens wat vaker proberen.
Really enjoyed. Not a fan of the vocals but the music is well written and enjoyed a lot
Some great tunes on here, can certainly hear how they have influenced later artists
Certainly an ambitious and interesting debut album. Ahead of its time in a lot of ways for 1972. I have a hard time getting past Bryan Ferry's creepy vocal stylings though - just not appealing to me. 3 stars.
I thought Roxy Music were 90s electro, so this was surprising. Some good, some bad. Didn't set my world alight.
I'm surprised how much Bryan Ferry sounds like David Byrne here, but perhaps it's more accurate to say that David Byrne sounds like Bryan Ferry. There's something special about the sound of this album. Sometimes it feels like it's very much a product of the early 1970s with echoes of the '60s, but other times it feels lightyears ahead, forging bold new paths and kind of inventing its own genre. Spotify had the American version with "Virginia Plain" among the tracklist and I'm happy with that.
I was ready to write that no second side so spectacularly fails to fulfil the promise of its first, but then I, you know, listened to it again. Know what? Those last five songs are nowhere near as disappointing as I remembered. The Bob is silly but tolerable and Chance Meeting can go, but Would You Believe? Sea Breezes and Bitters End can stay. Sure, they're not as fabulously daft or mesmeric as the gay Dylan we get on side one, but they still belong to the cocktail party Ferry & co. construct out of their seventies dream of romantic liberation and industrial quantities of hair gel.
This ROX, ok maybe not it was fine. Favourite songs: If There Is Something, Would You Believe?, Bitters End
Sounds like they sat down to listen to Bowie and their main takeaway was, "We should be weird like him!" Some of it worked and some of it very much did not. Best track: Virginia Plain
Okej album, nije me ništa previše dirnulo. Skužio sam kad sam mamuran sam baš zao što se tiče rejtanja albuma. Al bit ću dobar.
Roxy Music debuts strongly with a series of artsy tracks characterized by its glam rock influence, creative synths by the emerging Eno, and a sound that stands out from anything else from the early 70s, opening the gate for a kind of crisp and clean sound rock is capable of in later alternative music of the decade. The first half is fantastic, among the best in their discography, indicating how far they'll take these ideas into their dark sequel For Your Pleasure. Not only does the band come together, but the synths and sax are incorporated so well despite them not being very common at the time. Not to mention Bryan Ferry's voice, very glam-like and pop-oriented, used for so many purposes in a single track. The second half is severely lacking, with some highlights, but no coherent songs to carry the impressive display of the former.
meh.... not sure what kind of music it was. not bad, but it all sounded the same.
Also weirder than I was expecting but I didn't really care for it. But it's more Brian Eno. And I wanted to.
Good but not great.
Rock. Un poco extraño a veces .
A bit kitsch for my liking, but some interesting sounds here
I feel like the 2nd half drags a bit. First track is awesome!
First listen. Super strong start and love the instrumentals, horns and sound effects. Once I realized it was Brian Eno made sense. Wish the singer's voice was stronger on some tracks.
As a great man once said "I have no strong feelings one way or the other".
glamorous rock indeed
I have friends into Roxy Music and honestly was a little disappointed. Maybe it's a first album thing or I missed something.
I have no idea who the target audience for this music is. A bit more proggy that I was expecting and I liked the off balance bass work on Sea Breezes and obviously I'm happy that this is the version of the album with Virginia Plain on it. However, The Bob just makes me wonder who they were writing for. There ain't no faded glamour in that track. Ferry just about stays on the right side of bleating, so that was ok. Generally weird.
It was fair, maybe just heard a bunch of others who followed in path.
Dang, not quite back to back from Roxy Music but pretty close! I'd put this between the two we've had in terms of how much I like it. Doesn't pack as much of a punch as For Your Pleasure, but has that weird, whimsical edge that Country Life lacked (I'm guessing that's an Eno touch). This one's good, but it doesn't quite have the strength or staying power that I wish it did. I do like this band though, after hearing three albums I'd consider myself something of a fan (despite the mixed results). The singer has that wavering, alarming voice that I honestly enjoy. Cool band, very British, but cool nonetheless. Favorite tracks: 2 HB, If There is Something, Sea Breezes. Album art: That's three in a row from them featuring women on the cover. This one's less striking than the other two, but still pretty good. The lady looks pained. 3.5/5
I didn't like it as much as their other music I've heard
This happened and I listened
Brian Eno tu commences a nous les briser toi et ton groupe de merde.
Je serais prêt à parier que Brian Eno ne savait pas au moment de l'enregistrement de cet album qu'il composerait six ans plus tard la bande-son de tous les aéroports du globe.
Weak 3, I enjoyed this
Upon hearing the first song, I thought maybe this was the missing link between VU and Devo! I should love this, right? The rest of the songs kind of sound like Sparks. I like the use of synthesizer and Mellotron. There are interesting sounds and a pleasant variation of tunes but nothing here quite sticks to my palate for longer than the length of each song. On occasion it veers into Rocky Horror Picture Show territory and that's where I begin to lose my appetite.
Pretty cool album. Feels like a Wolf Parade precursor.
Not a fan of the vocals, but the music was very interesting and fun to listen to.
Classic British Rock. 4/10
Full disclosure, I have COVID, so I'm a bit grumpy. There is some good stuff on here, and usually I'm okay with it, but Bryan Ferry's mannered delivery was just getting on my nerves today. Like an unfunny Viv Stanshall. I'm bumping it to 3/5 because I feel like I'd give it one more on a day where I'm not locked inside with grotty lungs.