LP review #22
Roxy Music—Stranded

In between the time Brian Eno left and Brian Ferry turned them into a smooth dance band, Roxy Music made this album, which I and, oddly enough, Eno, think is their best. The twitchiness and showing off of the first two albums is gone, and the slickness of their later work hasn’t yet taken hold, which leaves a bunch of great songs and some of the eeriest musical effects (like the electric waterfall in “Amazona”) you’ll ever hear. This album is like a doorway to another, nonexistent world, one both fascinating and a little scary. My favorites are “Mother of Pearl” which presents both a party and the morning after, and “Street Life”, with it’s inspiring couplet “Just passing through Harvard and Yale/Only window shopping, it’s strictly no sale.”

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