ARTIST: Roxy Music
TITLE: For Your Pleasure
YEAR RELEASED: 1973
CHART ACTION: #193 US, #4 UK
SINGLES: Do the Strand
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Editions of You, In Every Dream Home a Heartache
LINEUP: Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, Paul Thompson, John Porter.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Roxy Music’s second album is an improvement in both songwriting and production.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Roxy Music’s second album became a touchstone for glam, new wave, and even punk rockers with its arty style, dedication to their craft, and the ability to cross through to many audiences. It’s also weird.
Brian Eno’s very involved here, with solos and effects blaring out of his VC3. Andy Mackay’s saxophone is untamed at times, blaring over the songs with abandon. Yet, Bryan Ferry remains calm and cool as usual, crooning over the mayhem but lifting his voice when it calls for (like in the choruses of “Do the Strand”). Ferry’s vocals during the mayhem of the title cut, and the outlandishness of “In Every Dream Home a Heartache” also warrent mention. Paul Thompson’s strong drumming also anchors the tunes.
The issue in the US is that glam was just a fad, and Eno’s and MacKay’s wanderings weren’t received well. Yet it was our loss. The album may not have been able to break the airwaves, but it’s combo of art and glam make for an exciting listen, even during some of the artier sections.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: As usual in the UK, the lead single “Pyjamarama” wasn’t on the album. That hit #10 on the charts over there.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A: There’s some arty bo-ho stuff that makes my head wander, but this is a solid album for glam and new wavers.