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For Your Pleasure

Roxy Music

1973

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For Your Pleasure
Album Summary

For Your Pleasure is the second album by English rock band Roxy Music, released by Island Records in 1973. It was their last to feature synthesiser and sound specialist Brian Eno.

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Mon Apr 19 2021
3

That cover deserves a better album

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Never heard of this band or album, but apparently Brian Eno was a member so I'm intrigued. We're back across the pond now, but this one's quite cool, innit? There's a strange urgency to the singer's voice that I really like, and the instrumentals are the dog's bollocks (that's a good thing). I'd honestly put this over both Bowie albums we've heard so far. It sounds surprisingly modern--if someone told me this was made in this century, I might have believed that. As I'm writing this, I just hit the "but you blew my mind" transition of "In Every Dream Home a Heartache." My god. I'm interested to hear more from this band. Given that they're British, I think this list will grant my wish. Favorite tracks: Beauty Queen, In Every Dream Home a Heartache, Grey Lagoons. Album art: Never seen this before, but I liked it straight away. The combination of photography and drawing is absolutely mental. The woman is real, but for how long? And the panther on a leash is a wild sight. I'm having a hard time looking away. I must note that seeing a woman on the cover, paired with the name Roxy Music, I thought we'd finally have an album by a female artist or female-led band. Alas, not yet. 4/5

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

What a striking album cover. An all-black white woman with a panther on a leash as if she can control one of the kings of the jungle. I like the album cover but I’m nervous about this album. It’s 70’s rock I haven’t heard of and it’s only 8 songs at 42 minutes so these will be longer songs it looks like. I already don’t like the first song. The band is called Roxy Music, I’m trying to see if they are British, as they certainly sound like it. “Oi Gov, we’re puttin out a’notha album?” “Yeh Mate, collin it for ya pleasha! The ladies will be drippin. A real saucy experience. Trus me.” “Right but..deres hundreds a rock bands out there…will anyone even listen to us?” “Camon mate, even a drop in the bucket gone cause ripples, innit?” “Oh sha tup, Brian, I’m sick o dis band. I bet we end up on some list where American pricks are saying how shite we are.” “Nah mate, were goin down in istory!” I imagine the conversation kind of went like that before recording this album. And despite that conversation being very silly, I still enjoyed writing it more than I did listening to this album. I’ll just highlight the Bogus Man and suggest they’d call this album the Bogus Album.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
1

A reviewer described Bryan Ferry's voice as an "elegant, seductive croon." Umm... agree to disagree on that one.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
2

Some interesting production from ENO but man is Brian Ferry’s voice annoying

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Tue Jul 27 2021
5

My favorite Roxy Music album and Brian Eno's last album with band. Opening with "Do the Strand", the band launch into a crazy dance song (sure to replace the mambo) with and driving instrumental break in the middle. The second track "Beauty Queen" is a slower ballad but still contains an exciting instrumental break between the verses that features Eno and Manzanera. The third track "Strictly Confidential" is an easy one to overlook but after a few careful listens the desperation and guilt in the lyrics come through and show just how brilliant the song is. "Editions of You" is the rocking 4th track. This features a siren solo by Eno during the instrumental break which comes right before the lyric that references sirens. The end of side one and fifth track is one Roxy Music's greatest tracks: "In Every Dream Home A Heartache." A song about a man's love for his blow-up doll, it depressingly depicts a lonely twisted man that appears to live in a paradise but with a deep dark secret. Side two starts with "The Bogus Man", another often overlooked track on the album (mainly due to its length). The song seems to depict the point of view of a serial killer and the instrumental breaks in the song just add to the insanity of it. "Grey Lagoons", the second track on side 2 is probably the weakest track on the album but it's still a great track. Just a fun rocker between two serious and dark tracks. It's placement on the album helps keep the mood shifting and not remaining too dark for long. The final track on the album is the epic title track "For Your Pleasure." The lyrics to me talk of leaving your old life behind, perhaps with a bit of regret, hence the final lyric on the album "Ta-Ra" repeating over and over again as it fades until the Judy Dench voice at the end saying "You don't ask. You don't ask why." Roxy Music found themselves on this album and it is by far their most experimental. The risks paid off however.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

Falls into the same trap as S/T before it - several stunners on here, but buried in between overlong ballads or operatic tracks that well overstay their welcome. Still manages to be much more entertaining overall than its predecessor, though

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Wed Jul 07 2021
5

Big fan of the early Roxy Music output. They were a brilliant band up until Eno left them, at which point they transformed into almost unlistenable.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
5

Really interesting album. I never listened to this album before even though I'm familiar with some Roxy Music songs (e.g., Virginia Plain). I found it amusing that the 1001 Albums book describes In Every Dream Home a Heartache as "plain ponderous." I really enjoyed that track! Other standouts were The Bogus Man and For Your Pleasure. The sounds used in the latter track make me think a lot of Eno's solo work. Do the Strand and Beauty Queen have that classic glam sound. Love Phil Manzanera's guitar solos in Editions of You and Grey Lagoons. Bryan Ferry is a great and unique singer and I see he's credited with writing all the songs. There isn't a weak track in the bunch.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

When I was about 15 I started collecting records, spurred on by my mate Lewis and my LP hoarding uncle. My dad, however, thought records were crap and belonged in the past where they'd been left. That's obviously changed seeing as he now has a Garrard and about 7 Kallax cubes. But there was a point right around the start when he saw the albums I was listening to and must have realised that I was just as impressionable as he was at 15... and it came to my 16th, (I think! Maybe I was younger...) where he gave me two albums, AM by the Arctic Monkeys and For Your Pleasure. Those who know my dad know he is quiet, outspoken, hard-working, but if you truly find something to share and talk about, you would be surprisingly endeared. I remember talking to dad about AM, why my uncle refused to listen to it, and I truly got the impression my dad thought it to be one of the great British Rock albums - like it truly defines a place and an attitude. He didn't exactly say that, mind you, the conversation was much more curt and pointed... but his quiet conviction made me believe that's how he really felt. I was really pleased to get the Arctic Monkeys. I fucking hated For Your Pleasure. I'm sure I told my dad I liked it, but I really wasn't for the SQUEEK SQUUUANK SQUORK that Brian Eno felt like he had to apply to the most basic harmonica, and Bryan Ferry's warbling, death bird cry. It's not an easy album apart from maybe a few songs, but I think how truly different it was made me want to understand it at some point, whether that was then or now. Now, I truly love it. When I was younger, I would tell myself I didn't like Rap, I didn't like Country, this, that... it's so easy to define things as being out of your wheelhouse if you're convinced they truly are bad. If I'd given For Your Pleasure even five minutes on Spotify when I was 15, I probably wouldn't be listening to Roxy now, but instead I had the LP and had to sit through every second of The Bogus Man. Fucking hell, I'm paying good money to hopefully see them play The Bogus Man in Glasgow tonight. These two LPs represent great change. Both bands created a mammoth of an album, and both bands had to change because it was the peak of what they could achieve in that form. For each group, a magnum opus, and in reality they had to fall apart and reform otherwise they would fail to reach the same great heights. To the same extent, I have changed and learned to appreciate more deeply things that sound bad... to the extent they become beautiful. I wouldn't have that if it weren't for my dad, and probably this album too. I love both, they are dear to my heart.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
4

Am I just a sucker for raunchy saxophones and sinister sounding music?

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

Used to think this was the worst Roxy album, sagging under the dumb bloat of Bogus Man and infantilism of Every Dream Home. While those two are still on the wrong side of prog, they're actually closer in quality to the rest of the songs than I remembered, which ocassionally reach very good but mostly coast around just-good. I get the sense Roxy sublimated their fun qualities to whatever they were trying to achieve here. Sadly, that means Ferry's voice isn't as bonkers as on the debut, Eno's weirdo effects play second fiddle to stolid rhythms, and the lyrics veer into absurdist settimentality just a few times, mostly on Beauty Queen, e.g. "Deep in the night / Flying very strange cargo / Our soul-ships pass by / Solo trips to the stars... in the sky". Maybe this should be a two, but I gave that to Tubular Bells which, to be honest, was totally whack and definitely much worse than this. So I'm gonna go three and get back to protecting my two stars from here on out.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

- this is good - yes - damn, cool !! - I listened to this 3 times in a row. Every time I found a new song to be my favorite. -another time the next day

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

This was an unexpected delight. In many ways, it sounds like a seedy alternative to Dark Side Of The Moon. There's some decent songwriting, plenty of analogue electronic sounds with some complex arrangements and plenty of experimentation. It's albums like this that remind us why Prog-Rock was so popular in the early to mid 1970s.

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Sat May 15 2021
3

Roxy Music never really resonated with me for some reason, although I can appreciate the talent, the uniqueness, and the production. I think it's Bryan Ferry's voice that bugs me. This is a good album though, definitely interesting. 3 stars.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
3

I have to say this - never been a big fan of Bryan Ferry's vocals. I'm not sure why they are so off-putting to me, maybe because they are a cross between a crooner and Peter Hammill's. But I have never liked them. The instrumentation is unique, and I liked how the sax blends with the other instruments, but Ferry's vocals just turn me off to the rest. I don't know why, it just does. So 2.5 rounding up to...

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Tue Apr 20 2021
2

Two Roxy Music albums within one week are just too much for me. The first one was OK, this second one feels a bit overwhelming already. Didn't feel like listening to it completely.

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Thu Mar 07 2024
2

I listened to this twice. But I feel like I haven't. Generally like early Roxy Music and this was fine, 'Do the Strand' and 'Editions of You' I knew already, not much esle jumped out... ok maybe some weird Eno synth noises jumped out, probably not in a good way. Probably better than it sounded after 2 listens but not that engaging for me.

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Fri Mar 08 2024
2

Huh, kind of weird. It veered between pretty cool and pretty annoying. I was going to reserve judgement and go with 2.5 rounded up, but the scales were tilted more toward annoyance by the end of it.

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Mon May 10 2021
5

A great album. Blends their art rock sound with the styles of Can

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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

I really liked this album, very nice variation in songs yet very cohesive. Iconic.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

Life-changing album; thanks to Oscar, you blew my mind.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

One of my favourite albums ever. I loved the first album, it was so different from all the other artists out there at the time but this took Roxy Music to a higher level. Could not recommend it more. Would give it six stars if possible.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

1973 was a good year, wasn't it?

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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

From '72-'75 Roxy Music recorded five classic albums; this is album number 2. Its widely known, so not much to say other that than it is yet another iconic pop album from the seventies, like practically every 70s album on this list. (From some reason, after 200+ albums, the generator is still feeding twice as many albums from the seventies than literally every other decade, and all these albums are way better than the average 21st century album on the list.)

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Thu Jun 09 2022
5

Roxy Music is on my all time top five bands and this is one of if not their best. This is their second release and last with Eno. It shows the two directions Roxy was pushing. Ferry's more conventional song structures and Eno's more experimental pitch bending. Both to great effect and hugely influential, albeit different directions.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
5

I listened to their self titled debut and HOLY SHIT I feel like I fucking transcended This album was a little bit different but still incredible and I love it just as much both these amazing albums are a 10/10 I don’t care much for the artwork, it feels like all their albums are just trying to bring in a horny audience and that’s why I went in with low expectations, but Jesus Christ they fucking sounded so much better than I ever could’ve imagined

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Thu Jul 07 2022
5

A perfect introduction to Roxy Music! "Do The Strand," "Editions of You," "In Every Dreamhome a Heartache," and "The Bogus Man" are my fave tracks.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

This was an album whose ideas formed two tribes, Brian Eno with experiments and synthesisers and Bryan Ferry’s glam rock direction and almost crooner-like style of vocal delivery. These two tribes fight with each other yearning for a split that was ultimately delivered after this album. These two distinct styles both did and did not work well together and that’s what makes this album incredible. The general unease of it all regarding subject matter, themes and instrumentation makes for a fascinating and unique listen that must be undertaken by anyone who considers themselves “into their music” at least once in their respective lives.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Great and weird, loved the saxophone, I particularly enjoyed "Do The Strand", "The Bogus Man" and "Grey Lagoons" I listened to this twice so yes I would definitely listen again

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Roxy Music at their best. One criticism, I'm not sure the first 6 minutes of the bogus man have enough going on to justify the length.

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Wed Mar 15 2023
5

What an amazing album, and such a unique sound. Very happy to have discovered this.

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Fri Apr 21 2023
5

One of my all time favourite albums

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Fri May 05 2023
5

Art school music done right. Very right.

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Sun May 07 2023
5

What a great album and a joy to listen to. Clever music, very rocky and with lyrics that actually made me laugh.

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Mon May 22 2023
5

Have been putting off reviewing this and have listened to it a few times to try and make sense of it. It's campy and a bit punk and I very interesting.

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Fri May 26 2023
5

Brian Eno and proto-Dresden/post-Doors sonicism in a blender with 80s new wave come in a decade early.

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Sun Jul 09 2023
5

Pretty fun lots of cool grooves

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Mon Sep 25 2023
5

On this album the band was finding their sound just a bit more. Do The Strand being the main and only single here. The rest of the album feels a bit more experimental and the sounds get weird! That being said, the songs are very cohesive and work extremely well. Brilliant band. 8,5 out of 10

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Fri Sep 29 2023
5

Darker then I expected this record to be. But it’s so great that it does not matter.

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Thu Nov 02 2023
5

Sinister, seedy, campy, eerie. One of the best art rock albums ever. Beauty Queen is probably the best song Bryan Ferry ever wrote. This album sounds like nothing else, it’s truly an original.

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Fri Nov 03 2023
5

Five stars just for "In Every Dream Home A Heartache". No, wait - five stars just for Bryan Ferry's pronunciation of the word "deluxe" from "In Every Dream Home A Heartache"! 😆 This really hits the weirdness sweet spot for me - plenty to come back to and enjoy again and again. Fave track - well, as well as "In Every Dream Home A Heartache", I really dug the psychedelic outro of the title track!

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Sun Dec 03 2023
5

Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno made this Roxy Music a masterpiece of an album.

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Fri Dec 15 2023
5

Roxy Music have plastered a massive dopey grin on my mouth, stuck on with sleaze and grease. I'm not sure when I'll be able to wipe it off. I'm not sure I'll ever want to.

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Thu Jan 18 2024
5

sicodelico se escucha bien me gusto

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Sun Jan 28 2024
5

This project has made me a Roxy Music fan and this album is one of the best I’ve listened to from them so far! There’s some great quirkiness in the songs and lyrics that really appealed to me from the opening new dance craze “Do The Strand” to that very weird ending “For Your Pleasure” featuring Judy Dench (!!!). The Amanda Lear cover totally seals the deal for me. Fantastic!

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Thu Feb 01 2024
5

This is a fantastic album, every track is a winner, though standouts include 'Do The Strand' and 'In Every Home...' Sadly this was the last Roxy Music album with the great Brian Eno.

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Mon Feb 12 2024
5

Listen to it with the woman that I spent the night with lying in bed the next morning with coffee. She loved it

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Sun Feb 18 2024
5

I was in love when this came out , I'm still in love!

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Thu Feb 29 2024
5

Greatest song ever written about a blow-up doll.

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Fri Mar 01 2024
5

I love this first phase of Roxy Music (with and without Eno). Art rock that actually rocks. Everything is just a bit weird and sideways, without being completely off the wall. I have checked my collection, and I don't own a copy of this record, which is strange because I am really familiar with the record (especially side 1). I don't remember where I came across it; did a friend recommend it to me? Did a flatmate play it incessantly? Was it a favorite of an ex-girlfriend? Was it playing at some pivotal life moment? Not that I can think of, but I _know_ this record somehow. It's a mystery... This album fits right into the pocket for me. It's amusingly weird without losing sight of the need to actually rock and have a few tunes you can sing along with. The band is pretty powerful, and they can rock along in an unpredictable way without getting too clever-clogs. It's a got enough Eno in it to be surprising, without having completely disappeared up its own backside. It's a smart record you can dance to, and it's hard to ask for more than that. For some reason, side 2 felt like I hadn't heard it so much, and I enjoyed the krautrock-lite stretching out of Bogus Man. This is going on my "to buy" list. I don't understand why I don't already own this record...

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Fri Mar 01 2024
5

Das sind natürlich ganz klar 5 Punkte für mich. Und das, obwohl ich das erste und das dritte Album von Roxy Music noch besser finde.

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Fri Mar 01 2024
5

This is great. So weird. Vampires playing Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Wed Mar 06 2024
5

Art rock / glam rock classic, with songs about undefinable dances, blow-up dolls and weird stalkers. Bryan Ferry's histrionic vocals are an acquired taste, but once you *do* acquire it, it becomes easy to see its merits. And the same goes for some goofy chord successions here and there and the intricate instrumentation everywhere (with quie a lot of saxophone!). "Do The Strand", " Edition Of You", "Grey Lagoons" slap in their own idiosyncratic ways--leaving some classic glam rock moments in their trail--but it's when Roxy Music fully embrace their art-rock DNA that they make this record the "legend" that is is (eerie "In Every Dream Home A Heartache", Krautrock-adjacent "The Bogus Man", "For Your Pleasure" and its proto-"ambient" conclusion). Those track probably owe a lot to synth whizz Brian Eno, about to leave for a stellar solo career, here foretold in many salient points of those "experimental" tracks. For our pleasure indeed. Number of albums left to review: less than 300, approximately (I've temporarily lost count here) Number of albums I'll include in my own list: half so far, approximately (including this one) Number of albums I *might*  include: a quarter, approximately. Number of albums I'll never include: another quarter (many others are more important to me)

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Mon Mar 11 2024
5

Elegant and strange, alluringly sleazy, mildly challenging, effortlessly cool. Toeing the line between prog and soulful pop, inventing a whole new sound in the process. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Editions of You, Beauty Queen, Do the Strand, In Every Dream Home a Heartache, For Your Pleasure, The Bogus Man, Grey Lagoons, Strictly Confidential

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Wed Mar 13 2024
5

Great album. Loved listening to it. I like the clarinet in background and unexpected sound

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Mon Apr 01 2024
5

Over the grey lagoons, the Bogus Man and I had a conversation. Escaping from every dream home where there is heartache, we explored all the directions to where we could go next. I cannot tell you much about that, for it was strictly confidential. I will say this, though: a beauty queen strode by towards the end of our talk; another fine edition of you. She stopped by to tell us to Do the Strand. "For Your Pleasure" she said.

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Wed Apr 03 2024
5

Not sure why I bought this album instead of Roxy Music's first album back in the day, but I'm so glad that I did. From the opening "Do the Strand", to "In Every Dream Home a Heartache", "The Bogus Man", and the closing title track "For Your Pleasure", this still remains one of my all time favourite albums.

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Fri Apr 12 2024
5

If this is what all glam rock sounded like, it would still be at the forefront of the music scene. Brilliant stiff. A

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Tue Nov 10 2020
4

Really like this album. Smooth as a tiger in a tuxedo!

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Roxy did great singles and great weirdness

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

A lot of really good songs on here. Was very unsure if I'd enjoy Roxy Music, pretty delighted by it. "Do the Strand", "In Every Dream Home a Heartache" and the closing track, "For Your Pleasure", with its eerie fade-out

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Sat Apr 17 2021
4

Very strong Eno in this iteration of Roxy Music. With his typical operatic flourishes which are always interesting to me, though not quite pop.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

was pretty good. Should listen to more of T.Rex!!!

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

Super interesting! I'm still not sure if I enjoyed it but I'll give it more listens later on

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Divertidíssima música, animada e tal!

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

There is just something silly/fun about listening to Roxy Music. I enjoy this album, if just for ambience.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

What a fun surprise this was! If Bowie & Elvis parented a child and named it Roxy this would be the genius result. The singer in Beauty Queen sounded like Elvis had entered the building. Super ziggy album cover. I feel like there were other songs they held hostage somewhere, to be released in the future, that represented the Killer Cat image. The strength of the panther totally subdued by the killer woman was so deep. Reversed power- very slick. I had several favorites: Beauty Queen, Gray Lagoon, Bogus Man, The Strand. Exceptional beat through out the album. Even if I stopped listening the the lyrics, I found myself tapping the beat. Definitely right up there with all that I enjoy of Bowie’s work. Well done Roxy.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Really enjoying listening to this one.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Some very fun artsy and punky glam. And those synths are absolutely going wild!

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this album!

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Fun experience. Not a perfect album, but a couple of really cool tracks (The Bogus Man).

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

weird shit but good you know

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

3.5.... but I think it's the first one in awhile to tip upwards on the scale. I just don't feel good about only a 3. It has that funky vocal style that's not too grating or in your face, good tunes behind it, really good album.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Sick album. Ferry is a genius. Great lyrics and a musical tour de force. I think this will only grow in my estimation.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

Wonderful, reminds me Zappa. Oboe didn't quite fit my taste in the sound, but I really appreciated the ensamble.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
4

Ahh classic Roxy with Eno and Manzanera before they sold out and started playing elevator music. The guitar solo after “but you blew my mind” In Every home a heartache and then the fade out/ reprise is a highlight for me. This was Roxy near its best, if this album had my fav track Both Ends Burning I would have given it a 5

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Sun Sep 12 2021
4

The combination of Andy McKay on sax and Brian Eno on synthesizers gave them a different sound than most of the other bands kicking around at the time. Do the Strand and Editions of You are classics, and I remember them from back in the day. In Every Dream Home a Heart Ache is dark and eclectic, but I especially like the last 3 minutes of For Your Pleasure which gets quite experimental yet melodic.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

Saugut weil nicht greifbar. Saugut weil quasi unfassbar, vor allem wie das 1973 stattgefunden haben soll… Was will das eigentlich genau sein? Vor allem zu Anfang steht hier nix fest; Anhobi/Anthony Hegarty muss sich bei „Strictly Confidential“ das kehlige abgehorcht haben. Sonst viel Glanzrock, aber ohne komplett auf Glitzer auszurutschen. Ab „Bogus Man“ krautet man irre um sich, dann schmatzt es mal wieder hedonistisch durch die „Grey Lagoons“, ehe diese sich durch die Rockgeschichte jammen. Finale: Just etwas for my pleasure?! Indeed !! Blew up my mind 4.1

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Devo essere onesto questo è un altro di quei casi in cui ero partito abbastanza prevenuto. Non conosco il gruppo, forse solo di nome, però la copertina mi aveva subito suggerito un qualcosa di Glam un po' cringe, l'unica speranza era l'anno 1973 (invece che ottanta). Devo dire invece di essere rimasto positivamente sorpreso e di essermi divertito molto con questo album. Ho lasciato un po' di tempo prima del voto perché non ero sicuro ma anche riascoltando un po' di pezzi sparsi l'idea che mi sono fatto è di un album Glam come si deve, auto-ironico ma anche punk, non il Glam che non si capisce se si prenda sul serio e finisce per essere cringe (i Judas Priest secondo me, anche se ufficialmente non Glam, rientrano in questa categoria). Anche gli assoli di chitarra su questo album sono fatti bene riuscendo dove molti gruppi più pretenziosi finora hanno fallito. Per me è un 3.6 che promuovo a 4 per la simpatia e l'originalità.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Ho avuto una sensazione simile a quando ascolto musica anni '80 (pur non essendo di quel periodo), ma solo per i primi secondi! Alla fine si è rivelato un album bomba, un sax che qua per esempio non si accolla, ma comunque in generale l'uso di tutti gli strumenti, voce inclusa, mi è sembrato interessante. A tratti mi hanno ricordato i Queens of the Stone Age.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Some of it got a little out there for me but overall I really like this. It is a long way between this and Avalon but you can hear the seeds of that sound in here just a bit. Cool to hear.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Good enough that I bought it

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Nice album, easy to listen to songs. Bit short, but that's the norm for that time period.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

4/5. Favorite Roxy Music, Eno goes off. Ferry’s vocals are irritating still

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Sun Jan 16 2022
4

Coming with no expectations, this was the album that introduced me to Roxy Music. It's nothing like their other albums, this one is quite avant-garde, gothic before punk came around, incorporating elements of free jazz and early synths, what I consider to be Eno's first masterpiece. I noticed For Your Pleasure tends to be critics' favorite, but it's not usually the pick by fans. That may go to Siren, Stranded, or even Avalon. However, this is actually my favorite Roxy Music album. I don't think I'm biased for it being my first. I love how chaotic and dark the songs are. The opener "Do the Strand" best exemplifies what I love about the album, from the unexpected and immediate opening line and sax, it grabs your attention out of nowhere. "Beauty Queen" is a great follow-up that reminds me a lot of their Avalon soft rock album. I really like how it feels like his voice has two personalities, a Jekyll and Hyde situation, which is carried on through the entire album. "Editions of You" picks up the pace, reminding us this is a glam rock band, with a sick sax / synth solo engrained in my mind. "In Every Dream a Heartache" is a peculiar highlight, and I'm surprised it's the most-played on Spotify. For three minutes, it's creepy monotonous vocals with atmospheric sounds, not really something to appeal to people compared to other tracks, but I guess by that 3 minute mark it just explodes into a spectacle, dies down, then the instrumental randomly picks up again. According to the Wikipedia, it's been covered a ton of times and featured in Mindhunters so that must be why. Deserves its place as one of their best songs, but still 8 million plays is unusually high. My favorite track is for sure "The Bogus Man." It's haunting and a bit claustrophobic. Love everything from the one-ear sax to the creepy echoey vocals that surround me to the exotic synth effects. It's my favorite blend of rock and free jazz. And it goes for nearly 10 minutes. Last highlight for me is the closing title track with the combination of the extended instrumental. It's a solid album, with no filler, appropriate track order, coherent theme, and an intriguing yet non-excessive experimentation.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Another of those bands that I appreciate are really good, really influential etc but never got into beyond the singles. This album is great and I don't recall having listened to it before. Wierd thing is I can hear how Bryan Ferry's voice influenced Nick Cave's vocal styling. A connection I had never made before. Really they are a band I should listen too more

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

maybe a 3.7 feels a bit like guys who feel like they're more in the know than most and a bit snobbish about it and music would like this. But I enjoyed listening to the album overall

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Trudne do oceny. Nie znałem zbytnio Roxy Music poza paroma hitami. Mi się wokal podobał, album był na tyle eksperymentalny, że się nie nudził. Jednocześnie nie wiem czy do niego będę wracał często. Idealne byłoby 3.5, tutaj dam 4 bo jak na 1973 bardzo nietypowe.

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