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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Siren Song
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...
Published on November 19, 2001 by Doug Anderson

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3.0 out of 5 stars Wall of talent
3 1/2

Unarguably talented in what they do, I guess the only argument lies within the sincerity of the songs, in which I feel this falls a little flat. Every track on here helps continue the legacy that this band has gained, but the problem with me lies in a lot of the in-between moments. While delivering song after song of well constructed, seamlessly executed,...
Published on July 10, 2006 by IRate


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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Siren Song, November 19, 2001
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Doug Anderson (Miami Beach, Florida United States) - See all my reviews
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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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Roxy Music CD, March 19, 2000
This review is from: Siren (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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pop masterpiece from Roxy Music, 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Seeds of the New Romantic Movement, August 21, 2003
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Rochambeau Fan "AJ" (Seymour Avenue, Cleveland) - See all my reviews
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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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album the start of a more mature Roxy, July 23, 2005
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E. D. Daniels (tampa, florida United States) - See all my reviews
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This is one of my favorite Roxy albums period, atomspheric, rocking smooth perfect for it's time and place.This is where Roxy Music grew up as a band. It's glam, art- rock, dance music for hipsters and where I really got into them after listening to Avalon. My favorite songs on this album is "End of the line", for it's folk/lounge singer guality lyrics by Ferry as always and the Violin intro by Jobson is amongst my favorite Roxy Song. "Love is the Drug" for it's faux dance- funk rhythms with Mackay's sax counterpoint the rocking "Whirlwind" with Ferry and Phil Manzanera(so underrated a guitarist)rocking out like a banshee. Siren indicates a change in the Roxy sound (which would piss off fans to this day)those who prefer the first 5 albums as true "Roxy Music" albums as opposed to the Manifesto - Avalon albums as the band became a Bryan Ferry solo venture. This band deserves to be in the Rock - n- Roll hall of fame for the groundbreaking albums they released between 1972- 1982. Siren being their midway benchmark for their artistic vison. I would tell anyone to get this album & Avalon first. it's a great introduction to a great band
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1970s SIREN song is alluring you, February 27, 2007
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There is no deadly crash on the rocks listening to ROXY MUSIC'S masterpiece SIREN (and that is 1970s top model Jerry Hall posed on the cover as the siren of the title). It is simply one of the most superbly realized Pop Rock albums ever, with 9 perfect songs, including ROXY MUSIC's only USA charting top 40 hit in 1976, "Love Is The Drug" which presages the New Wave as viable product for general consumption by at least three years. Interestingly, that disturbingly insightful tune is without doubt the weakest track on this wonderful album, which says a lot. Followed by "End Of The Line" an unintended and ironic comment upon the band's measured success and eventual decline, that tune subtly segues into the eerie opening of "Sentimental Fool," more Bryan Ferry ennui, which is sumptuously distracting, and then the stunning guitar slash of "Whirlwind" or for that matter "Both Ends Burning" (heavily borrowed by the one-hit-wonder STARBUCK for their huge hit "Moonlight Feels Right" in 1976.) All these songs are tied together thematically in an unprecedented and unexpectedly sleek production that ROXY MUSIC as a band had every right to expect would finally crack the USA market that nonetheless, and unfortunately, went largely overlooked stateside.
Including stunners like "She Sells," the heart-breaking "Could It Happen To Me," and just plain gorgeous "Nightingale," SIREN is a treasure trove of some of Bryan Ferry's best tunes that does lack the unique artiness of earlier ROXY MUSIC releases, and perhaps has a kind of weird, polished desperation to its commercialism. But nonetheless the record demonstrates a band working in the context, and confines, of its era, and exceeds any and all expectations, to yield a finely crafted album that was immediately recognized as a pop masterpiece by those in the know. Ending with "Just Another High," which this album was, ROXY MUSIC never again attained the glories of this record or their earlier releases. Bands simply do not anymore make records as precise, tuneful, and catchy as this landmark album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Roxy, February 16, 2001
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jgc (Charlottesville, VA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Siren (Audio CD)
For many years, the prevailing opinion here in the States was that 'Siren' was Roxy's best. So I was surprised to find that this album has a pretty poor reputation in Roxy's native UK, and that the bandmembers themselves find it a second-rate effort -- made too quickly because the record company rushed them. To my mind, it's the band's best studio job (go to the astonishing live album 'Viva!' to hear their very best). This occupies the middleground in Roxy's portfolio, stuck between three gorgeously eccentric albums from the early 70s and, on the other side, the three later albums that saw them into the 80s, only one of which ('Avalon') matched the power of their early work. 'Siren' displays the best qualities of both the early and late Roxy: this is where the delirious rock of "Whirlwind" and the lunar landscape of "Sentimental Fool" can meet the elegant dancefloor pop of "Both Ends Burning" and "Love Is the Drug." Even deceptively minor tracks like "Nightingale" have an incredible power.
Roxy was always such a high-concept affair that, almost unavoidably, they lacked stamina: their great music amounts to a scant few hours. But when it did work for them, good lordy, they were great.
Two more things: (1.) The remastered sound is, hands down, the best I have heard for any music from the 70s on CD. (2.) The cover shot -- Jerry Hall clad only in shells, scales, and cadaverously blue body paint -- is one of that decade's classic photos.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Roxy, February 16, 2001
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jgc (Charlottesville, VA United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Siren (Audio CD)
For many years, the prevailing opinion here in the States was that 'Siren' was Roxy's best. So I was surprised to find that this album has a pretty poor reputation in Roxy's native UK, and that the bandmembers themselves find it a second-rate effort -- made too quickly because the record company rushed them. To my mind, it's the band's best studio job (go to the astonishing live album 'Viva!' to hear their very best). This occupies the middleground in Roxy's portfolio, stuck between three gorgeously eccentric albums from the early 70s and, on the other side, the three later albums that saw them into the 80s, only one of which ('Avalon') matched the power of their early work. 'Siren' displays the best qualities of both the early and late Roxy: this is where the delirious rock of "Whirlwind" and the lunar landscape of "Sentimental Fool" can meet the elegant dancefloor pop of "Both Ends Burning" and "Love Is the Drug." Even deceptively minor tracks like "Nightingale" have an incredible power.
Roxy was always such a high-concept affair that, almost unavoidably, they lacked stamina: their great music amounts to a scant few hours. But when it did work for them, good lordy, they were great.
Two more reasons to get it: the remastered sound (which is revelatory), and the cover shot -- Jerry Hall in cadaverous blue body paint, one of that decade's classic photos.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars '"FED UP" HAS IT BACKWARDS..., March 25, 2006
This review is from: Siren (Audio CD)
The reviewer "FED UP" has gone through a time warp, or just doesn't know who came first. He/She states that Simon & Nick of Duran Duran want their music back from Roxy Music, but, the timeline being what it is, Simon & Nick took from Roxy Music, because Roxy Music was making gorgeous music before the Duran boys even thought about Girls...[on Film]. Roxy Music did it earlier and much, much better.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth, classy, and stylish!, April 22, 2000
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This album was released back when synthesizers were still fairly new, and instead of using them to emulate real instruments, people used them only to get sounds that were otherwise unobtainable. This CD has a somewhat spacy, science fiction feel to it. The synthesizers, as well as a number of instruments that are not usually used in rock music, help to create a very other-wordly kind of atmosphere. I suppose a comparison could be made between this CD and Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon." I realize that some people might say that such a comparison doesn't make much sense, but hey, I'm the one writing this review, and I'm just saying how I feel. Perhaps you would disagree with me. But either way, this is a very interesting, experimental album. It certainly won't appeal to every person's taste, but it sure does appeal to mine.
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