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"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Disc MARCH 24, 1973 - by Caroline Boucher
AT ROXY'S PLEASURE
A huge and lovely improvement on their first album, Roxy Music have in the intervening year, strengthened their strong points, weeded out their weaknesses and come up with what is, on the whole, an outstandingly good album.
It's very cut and dried. Side two was recorded first and is three long tracks, an instrumental called The Bogus Man which I thought the weakest track on the album, a lot of basic rhythm but uninspired embellishment; a great symphony of vocals and echo on a big schmaltz called Grey Lagoons which has an interesting harmonica break; and For Your Pleasure.
Side one is for boppers and crooner swooners - five zappy little numbers that are tight;, neat and easier on the ear. Two are in my favourite Roxy style - that great, driving, energetic style with saxes and piano and guitars and Eno fiddling about electrically all pelting away at once - that's Do The Strand and Editions Of You. Beauty Queen has a lovely opening with Bryan's vocals over slow piano, and Strictly Confident has some beautiful tenor sax and oboe from Andy. In Every Dream Home has some of the best lyrics on the album (and they're crystal clear, it's a lovely production job).
Beautiful cover as usual.