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Country Life

Roxy Music

1974

Country Life

Album Summary

Country Life is the fourth album by English rock band Roxy Music, released in 1974 by Island Records. It was released by Atco Records in the United States. The album is considered by many critics to be among the band's most sophisticated and consistent. Country Life peaked at number three on the UK albums chart. It also charted at number 37 in the US, becoming their first record to crack the top 40 in the country. The album includes Roxy Music's fourth hit single, "All I Want Is You", which, backed with the B-side "Your Application's Failed", reached number 12 on the UK singles chart. An edited version of "The Thrill of It All", with the same B-side, was released in the US.

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Rating

3.12

Votes

3943

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • New Wave
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4

This album was more than just appealing for its album cover. The songs on this album were unique and caught my ear. I've never heard of this group or the album or any songs on it. I would listen to this album again.

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5

When I listened to For Your Pleasure by Roxy Music two days ago, as part of this challenge/list I concluded by saying I need to hear more of the band. Well my request was answered and I got Country Life by Roxy Music. This is an altogether better album than For Your Pleasure which was in itself great. The thing about this is that the band's music clicks with me and I am now a fan. I never go to listen to this growing up, God knows the reaction my strict father would have had to the baudy artwork. By the time I was old enough to seek them out for myself, to my own detriment I wasn't bothered. I can see now why this band is so influential. Along with the Sparks that same year, Roxy Music transcended glam rock with this album and sewed the seeds of British punk and New Romantic that would follow

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Just think of some of your favorite bands, the ones who bring you the most pleasure… and then glam ‘em all up, heavily, and top it all off with a hot mound of pure hedonistic decadence. Now you’re listening to Roxy Music’s 'Country Life.' For example, the jaunty rockin’ n’ rollin’ ‘Casanova.’ What is that if not a glam take on the Rolling Stones? I can absolutely see the Stones covering this, in 70’s drag. ‘All I Want Is You,’ is what happens when glam and Led Zepplin mix it up. Hey, before you dismiss this as silly, take a listen to the driving, pounding drums Paul Thompson lays down on this song and tell me if that’s not Bonham in bra and panties? (By the way, I mean all this in the most complimentary way- I’ve been a Roxy Music from way back, turned on to them, actually, by a DJ spinning records for an apres ski club in Aspen, CO during the 70s. But that’s another story.) The closer, ‘Prairie Rose,’ offers a double cross dressing with the outer wear being a glam Eagles look, but finally stripped down to the concluding chorus, given plenty of time to develop and gradually fade out to end, which struck me as a very Beatles-esque move to make, like a glam ‘Hey Jude.’ Again, I loved it. And while its true that risk sometimes involves failures along the way, I wouldn’t call the glam blues number at the end of side one, ‘If It Takes All Night,’ a failure, necessarily; but, I will profess my own for glam endurance. This is a lot of glam coming at you, and it makes a fella a little woozy from time to time. Let’s talk Bryan Ferry for a moment. The Pepe Le Pew of pop, resplendent in vocal affectation and lyrically reveling in purely decadent hedonism. ‘Something's got to give,’ a sexually exasperated Ferry cries on the opening, ‘The Thrill of It All,’ and I believe him. He’s not gonna make it for the remaining nine songs on this LP. Somebody needs to attend to this. ‘Casanova, is that your name or do you live there? I know my place is here with you, tonight, but not together (‘Casanova).’ That’s rather sad, don’t you think, the recognition that the cure is not going to necessarily eliminate the dis-ease? Sadder still, he makes the choice nonetheless. Well, as Smiley the bartender (another employee of said Aspen apres ski club) once proclaimed publically, and delivered with pathos (or just plain pathetically, as others perceived it), ‘I’m so horny the crack of dawn isn’t safe.’ I mean, for cryin’ out loud, Ferry actually makes the claim on the LP’s closer that the very state of Texas is seducing him! Or is this just some slick double entendre? Side two begins in contrast to the ascending fun of the first with a descent, creating the feel of the later stages of an all-night party, when the amount of unconscious individuals has overtaken the ones still functioning. ‘Bitter Sweet’ features a Ferry vocal that sounds as if he’s from the earliest decades of 20th century America, and Germany, to boot. ‘To taste, both sweet and dry. These vintage years! Lovers you consume, my friend, as others their wine.’ It’s very sad, and very good. Then, ‘Triptych,’ unbelievably, thrusts the traveling listener to none other than Calvary. Yes, Roxy Music also manages to glam up Easter, but with an innocent heart, paying homage to rather than mockery of, even if in their own unusual way. They simply added a pair of high heels to rest alongside the cast off burial shrouds laying on the dirt floor of the empty tomb. And, the minor key for the duration of the song properly ended in a major, something I don’t typically enjoy, but in this case it worked, conveying the final joy of the resurrection. From there we return to the fun of ‘A Really Good Time.’ Super camp, over the top hedonistic, but never threatening, betraying the fierceness of Ferry’s bark to be greater than his bite? Whatever, it all works. Guitarist Phil Manzanera, saxophonist Andy Mackay, and keyboardist Eddi Jobson all get turns blaring out raucous solos. And John Gustafson travels hither and yon on his bass, yet always returning home, as on ‘Out of the Blue,’ for example. These guys are operating on all levels, lassoing a musical tornado like Pecos Bill and riding it out to the end. Hey, we might as well camp up Texas, too. Roxy Music certainly sings her praises. ‘If I were you,’ Ferry purrs on ‘Out of the Blue,’ ‘I would stay for a little while.’ And then follows with this lil’ tease: ‘If you were me would you walk out in style?’ Thus is the glam yin/yang of Roxy Music’s 'Country Life.'

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4

As a Brian Eno fan, I’ve heard and enjoyed the first two Roxy records, but they never really made their way in my rotation, aside from a few songs hear and there. Never really took the time to listen to Roxy Music without Eno until now (except for Avalon, which I do not care for). Country Life is a solid and enjoyable art-rock record with some fantastic high points. Opener “The Thrill of It All” goes hard out of the gate and feels a bit like a sister song to “Remake/Re-Model” from their debut. If you’ll excuse the comparison, “All I Want is You” has a Bowie-esque swagger that sits comfortably between Bowie’s glam-era and plastic soul-era and probably had some influence. Things get psychedelic and funky on “Out of the Blue”. “Prairie Rose” closes things out in style with slide guitars, funky bass and horns and great double tracked guitar solo courtesy of Phil Manzanera. The album dips in the middle for me. There are excursions into boogie rock, medieval tinged prog and some shouting in German that don’t really work for me, but the band’s playing and ability still carries the songs well. I don’t consider them bad songs, by any means…just not for me. This record is a high 3/5 for me, but I’m rounding up today, so let’s call it a 4. RIYL: Bowie circa Aladdin Sane/Diamond Dogs, Brian Eno’s “Here Come the Warm Jets”.

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Now I know what this album sounds like I can confirm that my dad just had this for the baps

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4

Great mix of sound, really tried alot of different music and nailed alot of it

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4

It rocks! Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno arguing over how to spell their name.

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4

Surprisingly good. I especially liked some of the more subtle touches underneath what could pass for pretty standard rock-fare on a superficial listen. The cover art is pretty weird for a music album - I wonder how it affected sales numbers.

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4

Theatrical, orchestral, campy and nothing like what I expected from the album cover

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4

More rocking than one expects – especially the opener and the sizzling solo on “Out of the Blue” (one can hear Ultravox and early 80s guitars that were on the way). And just great fun all the way around (“If It Takes All Night,” “Casanova”). A lot more than meets the eye beyond the cover (which was a favorite and first stop on visits to any record store in any mall for this teenage boy).

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5

Insane. Brilliant. Absolute stormer

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5

Never heard of them before, but I was into it

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5

Great album. Roxy Music is kind of a blind spot for me.

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5

Casi le doy un 4 o un 3. Pero lo escuché de nuevo y ...¡5!

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5

british art rock w complex synths

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5

Really dug this one. They have one of my favorite weird finds that was featured on Mindhunter

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5

Love Roxy Music with or without Eno. The godfathers of art-rock. So ahead of their time.

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5

The height of glam rock, and my favorite Roxy album so far! "Bitter-Sweet" is epic!

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5

This rules

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5

I liked it a lot. Very eclectic

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5

Sweet, songs for dancing to and songs for vibing!

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Capa polémica, som interessante

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5

Weird, in a cool way

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I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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5

Naw, I wasn't about to use that lame US album cover. This cover is much more interesting. "Country Life" is Roxy Music's fourth album and is named after the glossy British magazine with the same name. This album is regarded by some as their most diverse with styles in funk, country, blues, psychedelic, medieval and some of chanting in German. I definitely appreciated all those styles as it made for a great album. Although, I will say that you know it is Roxy Music in every song with their distinct sound. That was never totally lost. The original album cover of German models, Constance Karoli and Eveline Grunwald, was censored in some countries including the US and Spain with a different cover put in its place. Lyrically a lot of songs are about women or relationships but not all. Bryan Ferry seems to at times compare music to women or at least leave that intrepretation open. "The Thrill of It All" starts off the album and was the first single. The song is fast paced with the band thrusting forward. Great drama with the big sound of Roxy Music. "Out of The Blue" is one of my favorite Roxy Music songs. It starts slowly and softly and quickly ignites as the band kicks in. Great drumming and bass. And a spiraling, psychedelic ending highlighted by Phil Manzanera's guitar. "Casanova" amps up the funk for the group and is one of their more unique songs. Actually, this whole second side is unique with songs about the crucifixion of Jesus, the state of Texas and that song with the German chanting. This is my second Roxy Music album to come up in the 1,001 along with their debut. I would give the slight edge to the debut for its more experimental nature. But, "Country Life" is an outstanding album and a great listen.

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5

Yo there are nips on the cover! Don’t get much better than that

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5

Quite an interesting listen at times, bridging the gap between Pop and Prog The highlights include the tender but odd 'Bitter Sweet', 'Three and Nine' with interesting chord changes and spooky backing, 'Out of The Blue' which interchanges uptempo rock and trippy instrumental interludes whilst 'Triptych' almost sounds medieval at times. All in all, it's a very weird but enjoyable album, probably best sampled with a beer or three. Shame about the awful cover because it actually has put me off listening to this fab record. A Roger Dean designed cover would have been much more apt.

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5

Country Life is arguably the best album Roxy Music ever made. The band has refined a lot of the more experimental/proggy aspects of their sound here, resulting in a really stylish, richly composed group of songs. But it's also still really musically diverse and full of all kinds of surprises. The band uses all the elements you might find in more mainstream music at that time - the bluesy piano, the saxophone, the guitar solo, the funky bass, the soulful vocals. But the band is painting with different brushes here. Their sound is more dramatic, artful, sensual, campy and strange. It elevated expectations for what you could do in in a rock or pop record in ways that changed how music would sound for years. This is the kind of album you can listen to endlessly and never get bored with it. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Out of the Blue, Casanova, The Thrill of It All, Triptych, Bitter-Sweet, Prairie Rose, A Really Good Time, All I Want is You, Three and Nine, If It Takes All Night

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4

Out of the blue is perfect. The whole album could be a Bowie album.

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4

Peppy, kinda funky, but fun.

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4

somewhat of an uninspired start but theres a lot of great songs here

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Production: 14/20 Songwriting: 13/20 Innovation: 14/20 Bangers: 10/20 Emotional response: 15/20 =66 Lovely stuff Ferryman

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4

Virtuosic performances and good songs that stuck with me after just one listen--what's not to like? Maybe Brian's voice, but I like it.

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4

Really cool! I loved the leads. Would listen again

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4

Superb. Proper grower.

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4

Нормальная тема, немного душит.

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немного слушал их раньше — довольно заходило. Сейчас только утвердился в этом. Хз, мне такое нравится прям, вроде и есть элементы устаревшего дженерик роцкенрола и психодела, но че-то так поданы прям пиздато. Звук хороший опять же. Ну и экспериментальные моменты однозначно присутствуют. Вообще подумывал сначала и девяточку дать, но всё ж If It Takes All Night значительно попортила настроение, вообще не коррелирует с остальным альбомом, лучше б убрали. И немного странные цирковые вставки в Bitter Sweet оптимизма не добавили, ибо звучало как ранняя Агата Кристи. Но в остальном прям очень хорошо иногда было, на 8 тянет, думаю вернуться погонять ещё для себя потом.

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4

It's a really solid album that shows Roxy Music could do commercial music whilst keeping true to their original image.

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4

Nice variety and made me want to listen to more.

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4

Some really wild bass and guitar stuff going on. I dig this a lot.

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Great.

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4

The Thrill Of It All, Casanova, Out Of The Blue, If It Takes All Night, A Really Good Time

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4

Fantastic album. Need to listen to this some more. Really like the sound and the overall vibe.

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4

How have I never heard if them?

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4

BOOBIES YAY YAY YAY YAY!!!

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4

I liked this album more than the previous album on the list "For Your Pleasure". Still not a perfect album though, strange ending.

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4

There is something unique about Roxy Music. It's definitely rock and roll, yet it has those Eno avant garde vibes, a bit of glam English camp... Always works for me.

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Casanova, Prairie rose

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I'm just here for the album cover. Solid album, solid vibes, solid titties. Big fun.

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4

It’s crazy how ahead of its time this album is. It’s both glam and Proto-new wave. They were playing around with sonic vibes and FX that wouldn’t get popular for another 10 yrs. Lots of big sounds, electronic soundscapes. The guitar solo that sounds like violin on Out of The Blue is epic. Rocy music has such an interesting vibe, they seem to take themselves half seriously, but sound like the coolest kids in the room at a club, most of the time it works for them, other times it lands a bit too goofy. DEVO owes everything to Roxy Music. This album, like many of their albums has a lot of great songs and a few bad ones. I like Roxy Music a lot but they never hit that, perfect album echelon IMO, however they’ve got a sick greatest hits album library. Brian Eno would go into to better things and 5 rated albums in his solo career, but this doesn’t get there: 4.

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Count Dracula & the Grave Diggers made a pretty fantastic record. This one took a minute to set in, but I think I get it, and I think I love it. It's pop music but with enough oddity and risk and satire to be called art rock. Maybe. Doesn't matter. The groove is there. The band is messy. It's a hit. 1001 doesn't require criticism but unprompted there's still a track or two that's not for me due to that English baroque circus nightmare aesthetic that leans heavily on harpsichord and tuba. I VANT to VASH your VINDOWS. I VANT to GIVE a FIVE but. A

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Hace muchos años, cuando de niño iba a Mixup, odiaba a Roxy Music porque cuando veía su disco significaba que ya había checado todos los de Roxette y no había nada nuevo (sin internet era la única forma de saber si había novedades). Creo que en parte por eso jamás había escuchado más de una o dos de sus rolas y ninguna de este disco. Me pareció un disco muy entretenido y que se va rapidísimo: lo puse creo que tres veces y ni cuenta me di. Te hace mover un poco, tatarear un poco y en general gozar de música agradable.

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4

Great stuff

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I really enjoyed this. I was more familiar with Roxy's musics first two albums (with their wild Eno-isms and sideways approach to art-rock), and the later Ferry-led super-slick radio hits. This album, I really enjoyed. Great recording, still rockin', a bit of weird edge, great tunes. Track highlights; Thrill OF It All, Casanova

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Lekker, met name Casanova

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Buenísimo, me ha encantado. Guardadito T:7 P:8 G:8

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4/5. Proto nu-wave. Not every track totally slaps, but I get it

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Nisam ovo očekivao, album je tako jebeno krenuo i prve 4 pjesme su melem za uši, druga polovica se morale cak 2 prebacit jebiga, navučena četvorka iako nije, al zbog prve polovice mi žao dat išta manje.

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Somehow a big gap in my 70s rock knowledge is/was Roxy Music. I think before this all I knew was their later single "Love is The Drug" and their - to me - very tepid "Avalon" so my impression before putting this on was that it would be smooth crooner type songs. Obviously right off the top "The Thrill of It All" is a high-energy rock tune which although may not be exactly ground-breaking, is just a good rock song. After that "Three And Nine" changes gears a bit - there's the Bryan Ferry as crooner I sort of expected. This is an odd one - almost at first listen it seems "normal" but there's a lot going on in each song. e.g. "Out Of The Blue" is a rocker but takes a few weird directions closing with a weird synth? (electric violin type sound) solo closing it out. I like it. "Bitter Sweet" has some unsettling Peter Gabriel meets Gong vibe to it. "Casanova" is a compelling funky galloping swaggering beat matched with Ferry's odd Bowie-like vocals (which i like much better than Bowie). Sum: weirdly diverse early 70s art-rock album. I feel like this is gonna take a few listens to sink in (or not) which I'm willing to give - I'm not yet sure what to think but this is far more than I'd expected which is always nice. 7/10 4 stars.

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i debated on giving this a 3 or 4 but when else am I going to give something i’ve never listened to something high? I really enjoyed this album. It was new but nothing completely crazy; I just thought it was a good vibe overall.

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Unfortunate cover, unexpectedly heavy; the mix is extraordinarily fresh and the arrangements rich and well-crafted, with great playing and exciting sound Harmonies are sometimes surprising and memorable It doesn't sound like an album released in 1974, but maybe in the '80s or even 90s There're twists even in the blues songs; some proggier songs on side B

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I actually liked it , thought I wouldn't Also damn those bodies are hot ngl 4/5

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Fun Rock

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4

Liked it not amazing

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Unexpectedly enjoyed that

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An album I knew more from the cover than the music inside, but it was fascinating to hear the burgeoning soundscapes of Eno and Ferry forming into the distinctive Roxy Music style.

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Not as wild as earlier stuff, but supremely polished and wry. Dig it.

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As good as the two Eno Roxy albums are, the next two after he left are better. Overall I think 'Stranded' is better than 'Country Life' (although I prefer this album cover!). Still tonnes of great songs on this one though. 'The Thrill of it All' is an incredible album opener. The second half isn't as strong as the first and 'If It Takes All Night' and 'Bitter Sweet' are weak moments . Interested to see what other Roxy albums appear on this list, as it could be most of them. The later 70s albums might get given a bad time but they sound like a bunch of bands who were big in the last decade. And I'll always have time for 'Avalon'.

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Country Life by Roxy Music (1974) This is my first experience with Roxy Music, and I can’t help but observe that British art rock from the 1970s is well represented in this lushly composed and arranged treat—a nice demonstration of how good a group can sound after saying ‘no’ to Brian Eno (who left the group in 1973 to do his laundry—yeah, look it up). I guess excellent rock has room for only one oversized ego. Songwriter/lead vocalist Bryan Ferry’s lyrics are thoughtful and inventive enough, treating standard themes, if one can take one’s eyes off the cover in order to read the words while listening (I had to play the album twice. Well, three times. Thank God for only giving women two hands). There’s lots of flanging, phase shifting, chorus, echo, synth, and other effects deftly adding color to the soundscape (listen to “Out of the Blue”—this, kids, is how it’s done). Easy on the ears without being ‘easy listening’ elevator music. Lovers of thrash, punk, and head-banging rock will probably think this album is not that good, but I would invite them to consider the musicality of Roxy Music. At least try to be impressed. For those who like the history of avant-garde (oxymoron?), there’s “Bittersweet”, a Bertolt Brecht/Kurt Weil-styled kiss-off to a failed love. Well, at least it’s not violent. Listen to “If It Takes All Night” and hear what a saxophone sounds like when it’s in tune (with a dazzling solo on “Prairie Rose”). Of course reed horn player Andy Mackay was also an oboist, hence he had both ear and embouchure, but I listened hard for oboe and could only hear it on the aforementioned “Bittersweet”, a really really cool track. We hear superior guitar performances by Phil Manzanera, such as on “All I Want Is You”, “Out of the Blue” (wow!) and “Casanova”. And there are very nice orchestrations, (especially on “The Thrill of It All” and “A Really Good Time”, where the strings save this song from being the album’s only clunker). Listening to this album for the first time, I can only lament missing out on it when it came out. I think I bought something by Three Dog Night instead. Silly me. 4/5

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POP! ART!! POP ART!! Rushing headlong through a glamorama, Ferry is gloriously arch in front of a wonderful backdrop of sounds

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4

overall good sound. Don't like the temptation of the album cover.

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4

Roxy Music sets the bar for the 80s sound with this album.

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4

Superb.

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Another one of those albums I really didn’t expect. So good!

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Reading about this album introduces me to the genre title “British art-rock”, of which I have heard before with David Bowie, The Smiths, etc. This is the first I’ve listened to Roxy Music. I enjoy the combination of distorted guitar sounds and punk influence in these more traditional types of written songs. “Out of the Blue” stuck with me as a standout track, really improving on all the things that make this record great.

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4

Very good, top guitar work and not as arty or as wanky as I expected it to be!

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This is the third album from Roxy Music that I get on this list and it's very impressive how different they are from each other. This one it's absolutely the best one. Very sharp melodies and good experimentation without loss of quality on the songs where they are more "classic". I probably need to go back and listen to again "Roxy Music" and "For Your Pleasure", just to check if I lost something the first time because this band really rocks (apparently)!

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4

Broad, sprawling epic album.

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First time listening to a Roxy music album. Really enjoyed this good mix of catchy and weird songs and a mix of types of music, I assumed this was an 80’s album even more impressive it came out in 1974 clearly ahead of its time.

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its very artsy alternative rock, reminds me a lot of steely dan

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Liked it alot more than I liked the Last Roxy Music Album. Pretty solid.

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Very solid and enjoyable. Songs are varied, layered, and have a great rock energy. Casanova, Out of the Blue are some of the most enjoyable. Bitter-Sweet and Triptych are a little strange, but still have their positive aspects.

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4

Very enjoyable to listen to; favorite songs: Three and Nine and Out of the Blue

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4

Something drew me to this album...can't quite put my finger on twat it was though

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Lost my notes again. In short, frontman is a great songwriter and the band can keep up. Also, not country music.

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4

Good one

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Great music, not a fan of the album artwork!

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4

Great album

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I enjoyed this one! Great energy and performances.

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Pretty funky, I liked it

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8/10. Roxy Music doesn't disappoint, though it never blows me entirely away either.

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https://youtu.be/loqsnJtq87M

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what an album cover that is. Album is decent too.

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Country Life is an intricate and classy album by the 70s British rock band Roxy Music. Bryan Ferry, the lead singer / songwriter, has a very unique singing style. You will hear great guitar work by Phil Manzanera and how many rock bands have a resident oboeist (Andy Mackay)? Cool Album!

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4

Great early Roxy, delightful and off beat

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Though long aware of the sleeve art's notoriety, I was fully expecting some more of the glam peacocking of For Your Pleasure, but arrived at much more introspective tunes, lush strings and a very different vocal style.

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Have floated around Roxy all this time but never truly dove in for whatever reason. Daft because I would clearly love it. This is one of the albums I've never even listened to once. Well, this is great. Thrill of it all, and Out of the Blue, both superb. The whole last half of the album.

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It was fine, all the songs sounded similar. Was not the biggest fan of this.

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1974. Key Songs: The Thrill Of It All, Prairie Rose

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Gött lite rock-ösigt med tydligt 70-tals sound. Gillart.

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Started off strong but kinda lost me towards the end there. Cool to see Bryan Ferry’s roots though

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very good

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New band to me.

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Nice.

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I wasn't familiar with this Roxy Music album, but really like some of their others. This didn't really grab me, and I gave it three listens. I don't know what's missing - it's not quite weird enough maybe? The lack of Eno? Fave track - "Casanova" - it had a little bit of that "In Every Dream Home a Heartache" swagger...

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decent album but nothing spectacular in my opinion. best thing about the album was the cover

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A’ight

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Muy bien producido. Me lo esperaba más pausado.

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3.5

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Normalillo, igual me pilló sin ganas

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Have listened before. Reinforced my opinion that Roxy Music have written some brilliant songs but I I prefer them all in one place on a Greatest Hits album.

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I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. I always had in the back of my mind that Bryan Ferry was a foppish dandy that should be ignored. But the album had more heft than i thought it would

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nothing entirely remarkable about this album, some moments were nice, but this just felt like background filler/grocery store mall music. Not gonna return probably

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pleasant

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Generally nice, but at the same time a bit too indistinguishable from noise (probably due to its rather offensive sound).

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Very fun album. Although I liked the self-titled a little bit more.

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Bonkers but entertaining enough

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Gut bemerkenswert ist das Cover über dessen grad an Chauvinismus ich länger nachdenke als über die Musik. Im Kontext der Zeit und auch nicht eindimensional

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Nie gehört aber gutes Album!

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Enjoyable and interesting. Excellent in parts but a bit grating in others. A pretty solid 3 for me

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Boring

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Missed listening, will review now

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Easy to listen to with a bit of funk.

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not sure

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Ok, not my favorite, but definitely a pretty important sound. They sound like an influence for Tame Impala ona. Few songs with their binaural tuning and stuff, same with some guitar bits. Went to their artist page and found some iconic 80s tunes of theirs and saved them.

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May not be the place for me to start with Roxy Music.

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2nd listen.

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not bad

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ok, too arty for me in parts was ok

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As with a lot of the music from the 70's, this really isn't my jam. With that said, it's not entirely unappealing either. The lead singer's got a decent voice, and the instrumentation is varied enough to keep it interesting. I'm giving this a low-3 stars.

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Disappointed Eno had left Roxy Music by this point. The result is fine, but nothing that sounds very interesting to me.

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I have heard people talk about Roxy Music with great esteem, but I'm not sure I get it.

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So this is my 100th album on this journey. One hundred down and still haven't had anything from The Beatles (or any of their solo work), Bowie, Springsteen, no Led Framing Zeppelin, no Marvin Gaye, or anything Neil Young appears on. I've only had one album from the infamous "Highest Rated Albums" list (Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" and that one is surprisingly too high, pun intended). On the other hand, I've already gone through all Pet Shop Boys albums (all of them are a 3). This isn't a criticism at all. I've given 16 albums a 5 rating, and many others received a 4. I got my third Brian Eno associated album yesterday, and I thought this album would be two Eno's in a row. But this one was after Eno got pissed and left the Roxy World. The opening track slaps, and then I started to miss Brian Eno. I doubt a song as wretched as "Bitter Sweet" would be here with his input. In fact, side 2 is some tough sledding. But there's more Roxy Music and A LOT more Brian Eno to come on this list. Actual rating is 2.5, but it's bumped up for the audacity of that album cover.

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Interesting. Everything started to blur together towards the end, but the energy was pretty good.

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Not bad but just very uneventful

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The album has a good sound, but it fails to have an identity as it sounds like a blend of T Rex and Bowie. It sounds lifeless despite being theatric.

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not bad!

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3.5 | En realidad es dificil buscar mucho que decir. Roxy Music fue una amalgama de experimentos rock, new wave, pop que fueron tremendamente influyentes para todos los 80s y que no se les recuerda mucho. En este disco en particular se sienten mucho más hacia el rock obviamente pero nunca sonando trillados ni cansados y al tomar en cuenta el año incluso adelantados. No puedo realmente dar mucho más porque aunque es un disco tremendamente bien logrado en mi gusto personal se queda un poco en el medio, sé que hay discos de ellos que me gustan bastante más y aunque aquí hay un par de canciones bastante buenas no va a ser algo que entre a mi rotación. A pesar de esto sin duda algo que se debiera conocer para dar un poco de marco a cosas desde los Talking Heads a Franz Ferdinand o Radiohead.

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It’s fun, but it is weird. It’s funny how unconventional Roxy Music were, and how popular they were. But would I listen again..?

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It’s fun, but it is weird. It’s funny how unconventional Roxy Music were, and how popular they were. But would I listen again..?

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bang average, easily forgetable, great cover

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Je n'ai absolument aucune inspiration pour cette review, par consequent je vais vous partager ci-dessous une liste des qualités de mon camarade robtunnelier:

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Je n'ai absolument aucune inspiration pour ce review, je vais donc vous partager ci-dessous une liste des anciennes fréquentations de mon camarade ellebese avec lesquelles je ne suis pas sorti :

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Not a Roxy fan, but that's decent.

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That cover is scandalous! The music is pretty bland. This is another one of those bands that everyone seems to like except me. I have neither positive or negative feelings about this band, it is straight vanilla. Roxy Music always gets lumped into music that I somehow missed and should spend some decent time getting to know. But, even after two listens, it is entirely forgettable. I hear some Beck in there, and some Talking Heads and some Rocky Horror Picture Show. It's kind of all over the place... The music backing up the sing-song-y delivery of the lyrics is decent, specifically Out of The Blue has some great sounds grounding it, but the style of singing is filled with fiber and makes me want to poop. Another album that leaves me asking "Why is this on the list?"

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Segon disc de la banda, on es perd l'impacte de l'estrena però sense baixar massa el nivel.. Art pop en la seva essència més pura. Més a escoltar com a disc sencer i deixar-se emportar pel viatge que proposa que per disfrutar de temes concrets o singles colpidors

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I think this is the most eclectic album I’ve had so far. Each song is completely different from the other but the album as a whole still has a strong identity. Hard to pinpoint fav songs but: bitter sweet

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great uh, album cover.

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what is the point of the cover art i don't understand like the music is sick but the cover art makes me so uncomfy i really do like the music though i am morally conflicted as to how i should rate this

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Bit chaotic. Just didn't love it not sure why

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MMMeennnssseee

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Geinig.

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Muziekaal best creatief en divers. Ik vond dit prima te pruimen. En ook nog een +puntje voor de albumhoes ;-)

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Niet zo kut als ik dacht eigenlijk. Ook niet bijzonder spannend.

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2nd listen. Starting to grow on me. 3/5

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3.5

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Enjoyed Bryan Ferry's interesting singing as always. Didn't blow me away but I dug it for sure

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Interesting sound, I like the upbeat pop overtones. Funky sounds for sure.

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Bueno nomás

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This may have been my first time listening to a full album from Roxy Music. This album did not change my opinion of the band. The music was okay, but I don't imagine that this album will come to mind for a re-listen.

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6/10

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Boobies hehe. Inače, jako mi se dopalo. Laganini album ali u isto vrijeme jako zanimljiv. Mislila sam da će postat dosadan u sredini i pri kraju kako često bude al onda su izvuki bitter sweet i pokazali su oni meni jer je album posto JOŠ BOLJI. Sehr gut, ja ja. Prije ovog albuma je otišao iz benda Ivanov miljenik, Brian Eno, vjerojatno je zato album dobar.

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some glorious moments, but feels like a chrysalis for careers as yet unborn

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A two star album with a four star cover. Let's split the difference.

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What best represents this highly fascinating, sometimes enjoyable yet rarely catchy sound of this unconventional species of art-rock? A couple of boobies, of course.

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Interesting. I knew the name but not the music. Hearing that they were doing this in '74 is what makes it interesting for me: I hear a whole lot of later acts in this, so this band must have influenced a LOT of late-70's and 80's "glam rock" and punk/art-rock influenced bands. It's very well done, some incredible musicians playing on this record; it just sounds a little dated to my ears mostly due to how many bands that followed their time sounded like or tried to sound like them. Impressive.

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To paraphrase an old Steve Martin joke, did you know that Roxy Music NEVER wrote me back? And after all the time I spent holding up this album with one hand. But let's not be juvenile, we're here to review the music. I think I would probably be a Roxy Music fan if it wasn't for Bryan Ferry's vocals. I just find them vaguely creepy. I like the music, the songwriting, and the production though. They definitely had their own style. 3 stars.

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Had no idea what to expect here; knew absolutely nothing about the band going in. It was decent. Not life changing by any means, but mostly enjoyable. Yet another 3.5 star album imo.

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"All I want is you" and "Out of the Blue" are the two songs that stuck with me more after first listening. I feel this is an album that can potentially grow on me, but for now, no first love.

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It's okay. Inoffensive background music.

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I'm not really getting on with his voice, and it gets a bit too weird in an uninteresting way in the 2nd half of the album. Will probably not put this on again, but was also not offended by it.

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Didn't hate it... Didn't love it.

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There was a nice mix of different sounds and styles. A good listen

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It's not a bad album. But without Eno they clearly had to hit the cheap shock tactics to keep people interested. Out goes the exciting bizarre music of before, in with more standard, but listenable, FM rock with a crooner over the top. It's not bad, but you'd struggle to love anything here.

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Not bad. Never really listened to Roxy Music much before. Would listen again, but wouldn’t buy it.

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3.5 stars

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Gross cover

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This is put together a bit better than their self-titled debut (appeared earlier on this list).

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I had never heard of Roxy Music. The album was good. Might give it another go to see if anything pops out.

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I want to love this so much, if only because of the album cover. The first song to truly sound "country" is "If It Takes All NIght". But that's not my problem. Ferry is such a fine crooner, but he's really all over the place here... and the rest is a bit too extremental...yeah, I created something new as well.

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Good voice, good easy listen

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A good listen but not memorable for me. Art rock.

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Somewhere in the same velocity of Bowie and Sparks (and T. Rex). Where Bowie went weird and spacey with it, these guys seemed to keep it tight. The production on this thing is cacophonous, feeling like you can actively hear every single instrument used. Favorite tracks: "Out of the Blue", "Casanova"

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Another from Roxy! Apparently this one is after Brian Eno's departure, so they don't quite have the same edge they did in the last album we heard. Still, some solid tracks here and there. I wish it were more memorable is all. Favorite tracks: Three and Nine, Bitter Sweet. Album art: AWOOOOGA, hello! Interesting that these ladies are the girlfriend and sister of a musician in Can, another band we've had. I can't imagine he likes looking at this one. Very racy, but very memorable, much more than the music within. I'm almost relieved that this isn't my favorite Roxy Music album, because if I were to buy one I'd feel a little scared getting this. 3/5

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Not bad, another Roxy Music album full of weird Brian Ferry-isms.

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Liked "if it takes all night" especially, overall was alreet

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Wasn't really listening until Bitter Sweet. That one peaked my attention a bit. The rest of the album felt alright. Others have gone over similar ground in more compelling ways (Bowie, Queen, Danny Elfman, et al).

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I enjoyed listening to this album. Some of the guitar riffs and vocal style contained elements that reminded me of punk and post punk. Stand out tracks for me were "Three and Nine", "Out of the Blue" and "Bitter Sweet"

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Really enjoyed Bitter Sweet and Casanova and more than a few songs reminded me of Bowie. Will definitely listen again.

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Fine, 80s pop music. Exploitative cover art.

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Pretty nice

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Pretty good arty glam rock. I think I prefer For Your Pleasure that I reviewed a few months ago. Listenable nonetheless.

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It was fine

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A bewildered man shouting at a cloud

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Kids LOVED dancing to the fourth track.

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Every song sounded different, but none were highly memorable. Appreciated the instrumentals - good guitar leads, fun basslines, and a nice mix of supporting instruments (violin, saxophone, harmonica, synths, piano). Vocal performance did nothing for me.

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I’ve had 2 Roxy Music albums already and I really disliked them. This offering seemed much more palatable. I think maybe Brian Ferry has tempered his vocals a little or maybe I was in a better mode because last time it really grated on me. Better without Eno, who would have funk it?

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It was cool. There was some songs I really liked but overall it was just fine, not something I’ll go back to.

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Pretty good. Sounds like a precursor to Britpop. Album cover would give Marco Rubio a conniption which is a plus. 3/5

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Pretty good, never listened to roxy music before. Glad I've heard them and really enjoyed a few songs. I enjoyed the album but I won't be listening to this a ton. Favorite songs: * Prairie Rose * Out of the Blue (Mark Mothersbaugh vibes) * Casanova Rating: 3 (good).... album cover is a 5 though, amirite guys?? 😉

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Never really listened to them but I've seen this infamous cover. It's pretty enjoyable. Catchy with nice riffs and some great arrangements.

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Absolutely all over the place. Some of it ("Out of the Blue") I really like, some of it is just chaos.

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A bit too pompous and not many standout songs.

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Not terrible, nothing special?

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Ummmm, disjointed, boring... first album I couldn’t finish.

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Kind of a random mix. I enjoyed the once over, but not something I'd listen to again. Felt folk/punkish

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Eh. Cover art to the album was the best part of it.

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This did not really speak to me in any way. It was fine from beginning to end. I know Brian Ferry and David Bowie get compared a lot, and I just don't hear it.

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Not particularly interesting, except for the German bit.

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First of all hugely confusing but great cover! Need to try and rate this on its own merit, rather than against the glory that was purple rain. It has its moments (couple of decent rock songs and "if it takes all night" is great) but then goes off in german at which point i began to struggle. Brought it back a bit with "a really good time" & "Praire rose". But more that i don't like then i do here. 2/5

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This was okay actually. Nothing was brilliant. But perfectly fine.

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Apparently I find roxy music a bit dull. Second 2 for them

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Okay... not for repeating.

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Ok

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Done.

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Good first song.... downhill after that.....

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Bit all over the place

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not bad, not my favorite thing; at times, it sounds like nickelback could be the ones doing it, and i don't like that. no track feels truly remarkable for me, some guitar solos are cool and at times it gets bluesy and interesting; again, it's not bad, and i would've loved it if i had heard it earlier in my life when i listened to a lot of Bowie, but now i personally still very much prefer roxy's sound in the 80s.

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meh

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This feels like a disgraced Tory MP is trying to reinvent himself by restarting the band from his old Uni days and is trying hard to come across as a bit "edgy" an mysterious.

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His voice sucks but good instrumentals

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Didn't blow me away. Listenable, I suppose.

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thought I'd like this more than I did. Bit weird and all over the place.

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Some of this album is fine. I really enjoyed If It Takes All Night. And then there is Bitter Sweet, which is borderline unlistenable especially so during the German verses. In general, the album just feels like there is an attempt to be too artsy with too many influences.

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This album cover, which I couldn't leave on my screen at work while listening to this, caused quite the reaction from prude Americans in 1974. We weren't alone - Spain and the Netherlands censored the cover too. America is a country of violence, while doing all we can to shield innocent eyes from nipples and other things that are far more shocking than murders on the evening news. We gotta keep the kids from thinking about sex. That's why we have the lowest teen pregnancy rate in the developed world. What's that you say? That's not true? So it would've been ok to let people see these models' nipples without going on some kind of sexual assault bender? Oh... we have unusually high rates of assault anyway. Ah, f*$% it. I should listen to this album again so I can effectively review the songs I listened to yesterday, but I don't want to.

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Didn’t like it

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matig, niks van onthouden

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Dit ging een beetje aan mij voorbij. Ook iets te weird naar mijn smaak.

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boobs, hehe. uglavnom na ovom albumu nisam našao ništa što mi pravo paše. krenuo je taj neki niz niskog rejtinga, možda je aplikacija prepoznala da dajem dobre ocjene šakom i kapom.

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2/5 nothing memorable

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Meh. Not particularly interesting and featuring just one, distinctly average, single.

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Not terrible but not my thing

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Not for me thanks

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Weird piano stuff

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I was never a fan of Roxy Music

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Not great

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not for me

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03/16/2022 Even my gay ass loves that cover; if only the album was even half good.

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Esperava mais pela capa.

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Eh. Not really a fan of this.

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I enjoyed the last Roxy album but this one I did not. This was an interesting week of second albums for bands from this list and most didn't hit the mark as much as the first. I'm not sure what they were going for and their songs felt a little all over the place.

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Bit of a mixed bag this album, with only some tracks, e.g. Thrill Of It All and Out Of The Blue, hitting the feeling of corrupted glamour I was expecting. Most of the rest of the album was less interesting and missed something to temper the baroque excess.

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The music was largely unremarkable. It wasn't that long of an album which was helpful. There were some songs that were a little weird. No need to revisit the album.

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This is English rock band Roxy Music's fourth album and it is considered by many to be the band's best. The art rock album has sophisticated tracks of good music and lyrics that would accompany a relaxing evening nicely. I liked some of the songs, but other ones didn't fancy me as much. The cover art was controversial - obviously - and was covered, or even changed in some countries. All together this was an interesting album and I'm glad I listened to it.

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The least memorable of the Roxy albums - oddball genre attempts and a lack of melodic/thematic consistency means this one falls in the bland, standard-issue Britpop pile.

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All I Want Is You 5/10 Overall 5/10

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It was alright. Cover art kept distracting me. 😐 2.5

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I was really not bothered. I listened to it two days ago and it made no impression at all.

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Was enjoyable but nothing to get excited about. Loses points for sexist cover.

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kjedelig - for objektifiserande album cover

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Meh

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Just boring nonsense. 2/10.

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I mean I didn’t hate it, but... I would best describe this album as a list of pop tracks suffering from adhd. Most of them are just too much noise and confusion and not enough coherent music. It’s like all the different instruments are competing with each other for ultimate supremacy...yet they all failed. It gets to the point you look forward to one of the rare ballad like songs just for some peace and quiet. The vocals didn’t match the sound most the time either, which is a shame because vocals are this albums strong point. I found it hard to work out what this band was exactly trying to achieve on this lp. It left me confused but more so nauseas. 1 Star!

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Blé

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такое

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Boring

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So boring I don’t remember anything but the album cover.

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Arty farty rock

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Couldn’t do it.

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Nothing special . I’m sure in the 70’s it sold only due to the album cover. Gods marketing nothing special in musical enrichment

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Didn’t like

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