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"Some expression in your eyes overtook me by surprise"
on December 19, 2011
Looking up information on Roxy Music albums from the 1980s (both of them) to decide which ones to listen to online, I read where "Avalon" was the comeback album for the band after the disappointing "Flesh and Blood." Well, I listened to "Avalon" and wasn't incredibly impressed at first though that has since changed, so I gave "Flesh and Blood" a try because I already knew I liked a couple of singles "Over You" and, especially, "Oh Yeah." Where has this album been all my life? It is wonderful! After listening to it online, I knew I had to have it. There is not one weak track. Even the two cover tracks are well selected and executed, especially the Byrd's "Eight Miles High." "Oh Yeah" is my favorite Roxy Music single I have heard and I really like "Over You," but, after listening to "Flesh and Blood," I would put "Oh Yeah" as the third best song on the album (after the title track and "My Only Love") and "Over You" the seventh best (after "Same Old Scene," No Strange Delight," and the "Eight Miles High" cover). I don't know why this was a disappointment for some Roxy Music fans back in 1980, it sure was a pleasant surprise for me now. My CD copy includes lyrics one nice photo of the Roxy trio.
1. "The Midnight Hour"--The Wilson Pickett classic isn't really my cup of tea musically, but I like the way Roxy Music covered it. It is more restrained and smooth.
2. "Oh Yeah"--Beautiful song. I've listened to it for years and it still sounds fresh. The lyrics are nice, too.
3. "Same Old Scene"--The opening to this track sounds a lot like the beginning of Gary Numan's "Remind Me To Smile" which is off another of my all-time favorite albums, "Telekon." Both "Telekon" and "Flesh and Blood" were released in 1980. I really like the smooth verses and how danceable this track is.
4. "Flesh and Blood"--Awesome! From the opening guitar strums and the bass rhythm, to the restrained vocals, this is my favorite song on the album of the same name. It also makes me think of Gary Numan, but of his 1981 and 1982 albums "Dance" and "I, Assassin" which sport that same style of rhythmic bass.
5. "My Only Love"--A song prettier than "Oh Yeah"? No way! Well, I think this might be. It has a dark beauty to it.
6. "Over You"--I've always liked this catchy single, but am not crazy about the horn section in it.
7. "Eight Miles High"--Actually, the first version of this song I ever heard was Husker Du's, which a lot of fans praise, but is a bit too noisey and screamy for my tastes. Roxy Music gives it a more smooth, accessible, danceable 1980s sound.
8. "Rain, Rain, Rain"--Could this track be thrown in a Bob Marley playlist? It has an easy beat and the lyrics repeat the words "getting high."
9. "No Strange Delight"--Another wonderful, dark song.
10. "Running Wild"--A slow and reflective song that makes for an appropriate closing number.