by Roxy Music


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Returning to action after four years of solo projects, Roxy Music redefined its sound and agenda on Manifesto. More than ever, Roxy sounds like Bryan Ferry's backing band, as the group strips away its art rock influences, edits out the instrumental interludes in favor of concise pop songs, and adds layers of stylish disco rhythms. Although the songwriting is distressingly inconsistent, there are a number of wonderful moments on the record, particularly in the sighing "Angel Eyes" and the heartbroken "Dance Away." Still, trading sonic adventure for lush, accessible disco-pop isn't entirely satisfactory, even if it is momentarily seductive.

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Release Date: 04/01/2013
Label: Universal Uk
UPC: 0724384745820
catalogNumber: 4745820
Rank: 35990

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Manifesto [Half-Speed Mastered] [LP] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
All I can say is...WOW! I will admit that this was the beginning of the end for RM, but I now have a better appreciation of this album, as it paves the way not only for their final two albums (Flesh + Blood, and of course, Avalon), but it signals the pre-New Wave movement that would include the likes of Spandau Ballet and (most especially, in my opinion) Duran Duran...I absolutely LOVE "Trash" even if it is a brief song, and even "Angel Eyes" sounds more "rock" versus the eventual version that was done for the accompanying music video. The rest of the album doesn't sound bad, but that is my personal opinion. Worth a listen if only for curiosity sake.