"Craft is what enables you to be successful
when you're not inspired." - Brian Eno
Record Mirror APRIL 14, 1973 - by Val Mabbs
ROXY PLUM DEPTHS
Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure
Having just seen Roxy live and also on the Old Grey Whistle Test, this album is already fairly familiar to me. I just wish that had been the case when seeing the group live, because there are some great lyrical depths here which would have given their performance a further dimension. Bryan Ferry doesn't have the greatest of voices (though he does manage to incorporate a beautifully sinister feel into it), but his lyrics are often superbly amusing, cynical and show a great insight. Somewhat computerised, says Bob Harris, and it's easy to see why, particularly as Roxy rely a good deal on synthesised sounds and tapes. But listen more and more and they'll capture your soul and lure yon into the depths of their lair! Do The Strand is a great uptempo number and for a real delve into the murky depths of suburban life give a listen to In Every Dream A Heartache, all about a deluxe and delightful inflatable lady. "I blew up your body, but you blew my mind!" says Ferry. Great stuff from a band fast becoming a cult.