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Flesh + Blood

Roxy Music

℗ 1980 Polydor Records 2302 099

℗ 1980 Virgin Records 207 952 620

℗ 1980 ATCO Records SD 32 102

Roxy Music  1980  Flesh + Blood

An even slicker record than Manifesto, Flesh & Blood precariously balances between alluringly seductive, sophisticated soul-pop and cloying, radio-ready disco-pop. At its best, the album is effortlessly suave and charming Over You is one of their greatest singles, and Oh Yeah is nearly as persuasive but much of the record is devoted to ill-formed, stylish lounge-pop. In particular, the reliance on reworked covers of In the Midnight Hour and Eight Miles High is distressing, not only because it signals a lack of imagination, but also because it suggests that Flesh & Blood is simply a lesser solo effort from Bryan Ferry. And even the handful of undeniably strong moments can't erase the feeling that Roxy Music was beginning to run out of ideas. Stephen Thomas Erlewine.