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Siren Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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This 1975 release boasted the hit single Love Is the Drug .

Released before Roxy Music became a de facto Bryan Ferry project, but after their Brian Eno-influenced art-rock stage, Siren is a snapshot of a band in flux, and loving it. There's little of the boundary-pushing primitivism that marked their self-titled debut. Still, Ferry's youthful edge and the band's rough-hewn melodicism will shock those expecting to hear the adult-contemporary silkiness found on 1982's massive-selling Avalon. Both camps should nevertheless admire this record for so recklessly and beautifully straddling that massive stylistic gap. Featuring their first modest hit in the U.S., "Love Is the Drug," the record overflows with choruses that reveal their hooks slowly while drawing on sunny, spare instrumentation and Ferry's loopy, still-developing croon. As the band wrestles between glam-pop, sleek dance tunes, and shiny, Moody Blues-esque rock & roll, they don't sound at all like a band running from its past. Ferry and his cohorts are just taking back the reins, revealing the brisk melodies and strong songwriting that were the one constant in Roxy Music's lifespan. --Matthew Cooke
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 14, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1975
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000256KK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Doug Anderson VINE VOICE on November 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The self titled debut Roxy Music(72) and its follow-up For Your Pleasure(73) gave the band a reputation as being a kind of English Velvet Underground. By discs three and four, Stranded(73) and Country Life(74), the bands sound was more under control, but still their sound from record to record changed so much that it was hard to know exactly where or how to categorize them. Siren(75) is their fifth record and apparently was one the band was never completely happy with. However like everything else Roxy Music did between 72-75 it has a certain unique appeal. Siren is a combination of rock and very melodic pop. Which might not sound like a very infectious or exciting listening experience but it is because its done so well. Some of the early Roxy records are brilliant but kind of patchy and some of the later ones feather light disco. Siren is a solid listening experience all the way through. If you want kitschy art collages get those first two records. If you want Roxy Music the thinking mans refined rock show get Stranded or Country Life or the live Viva. But if you want a solid batch of classic and listenable pop melodies that will not insult your intelligence but will please your ears over and over again, Siren like its name is irresistable. Everything in my opinion the band did up to 75 is worth your time. After 75 Avalon is the only one you need.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mark Devey on March 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"Siren" is the best of all of Roxy Music's CDs. If you have not heard or bought any Roxy Music albums this is the place to start. When this album came out in 1975 I was very surprised that it was not a hit. It has catchy, radio-friendly songs like "Love is the Drug" and "She Sells" as well as more FM rock like "Both Ends Burning" and "Whirlwind". Roxy Music's "Art Rock" is more in line with 1970s David Bowie than Yes or Rush, both of which stress long, meandering strong structures and instrumental prowess over self-contained songs. While the players here (especially Paul Thompson on drums and Phil Manzanera on guitars) are virtuosos on their instruments their virtuosity never gets in the way of melody or strong song structures. The audio effects, such as the synthesizer swirls and guitar feedback that open "Sentimental Fool" or "Both Ends Burning" are at the service of the songs and not visa versa. Vocalist Bryan Ferry's distant and ironic interpretations of these songs tend to heighten lyrics obsessed with loneliness and the search for love. Now about the cover: the "siren" here is a young Jerry Hall currently (?) Mrs. Mick Jagger and then Bryan Ferry's girlfriend.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 2003
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Start to finish, I think this is Roxy Music's most entertaining album. It moves, it grooves, and it's gorgeous pop music at its best. In recent years, more people seem to gravitate towards "Country Life" (the one made before "Siren") as the better album, but I still prefer "Siren." Nothing against "Country Life," it's a very good album, more eclectic than "Siren," and Roxy Music rocks ferociously on the opening and closing numbers of that album. However, there are spots on "Country Life" where the music gets a little dull. Start to finish, "Siren" doesn't let up, and not only does it rock, it's also a good dance album. Traces of disco can be found on most of the songs, and it's pretty impressive how easily this band mixes those elements with their art-rock ambitions. Though this a far more accessible and mainstream sound than the one heard on "For Your Pleasure" (also recommended), they still retain an edgy, chaotic element in this music, particularly in the arrangements, which is immediately apparent on "Love Is The Drug." It never sounds too soft or too safe.
What clinches this album for me is the closer. The band gets lauded quite a bit for its style and experimentation, and they can come off as being real cool (in a good way), but they are capable of some real tender moments, too. That's what you hear on "Just Another High." Right off the bat, you hear this hard, metallic sounding guitar playing a gorgeous melody, and that sets the tone of the song. It's a break-up song, full of bitterness and regret, and while it does begin with some biting, sarcastic lines, this is a genuinely felt performance without a trace of irony. It's a perfect marriage of lyrics, performance (one of Ferry's best vocals), and music, and possibly the emotional high point of their entire catalog.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rochambeau Fan on August 21, 2003
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It's safe to say that the New Wave/New Romantic Movement of the late 1970's straight through to the mid-1980's would not exist without Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music. Their mark is everywhere. That mark is personified in 1975's SIREN.
It is with this album that ROXY MUSIC bridged the gap between their brash, earlier Art-Rock albums to their soulful and ... later works. It's safe to call this album transitional, but one also has to call it brilliant.
We all know LOVE IS THE DRUG- possibly ROXY MUSIC's greatest hit. Musically and lyrically, this song sets the pace for the rest of the album. Each of the eight finely crafted songs that follow go back and forth between hard-rocking tales of debauchery and haunting ballads of desperation. While the former is best represented in a song like the fiery and wild "Both Ends Burning," the latter is best represented by the eerie and ironic "Sentimental Fool."
What Ferry and Co. do, though, is take everything one step further at the end of the album. The beautiful "Just Another High" is Roxy Music at their finest- a song that, in the course of nearly seven minutes, brings together all the debauchery, hedonism, heartache and emotion.
When Ferry croons, "I'm just another crazy guy...Playing with love was another high," one senses the despair of a man who gambled with passion and tempted fate a bit too much. It's incredibly powerful and touching. (Ironically, the song foresees the messy and painful demise of Ferry's relationship with model Jerry Hall, who is also featured on the cover of the album).
While it's tough to pick the one single ROXY MUSIC album, I think SIREN is the album that may very well capture the band at a peak. If someone were new to ROXY MUSIC, I would tell them that SIREN, along with the later AVALON, are the two places to start.
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