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The Financial Times OCTOBER 22, 2010 - by Ludovic Hunter-Tilney
BRYAN FERRY: OLYMPIA
Bryan Ferry's first album of new material in eight years opens with the sixty-five-year-old singer in lounge lizard mode, murmuring absurd come-ons to a dancer in a nightclub over moody guitars; the presence of no fewer than three bassists, including Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, adds to the comical aura of decadence.
Elsewhere in the VIP area that constitutes Ferry's imagination we find a better mix of languor and desire. Song To The Siren, a Tim Buckley cover featuring an all-star cast of Jonny Greenwood, David Gilmour and ex-Roxy Music colleagues Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay and Brian Eno, has a beautifully polished sense of melancholy, while closing song Tender Is the Night is a woozy ballad about alienation.
The lounge lizard of the opening track turns into a lost and yearning soul: the role suits Ferry's trembling vocals better.