Bryan Ferry, 'Olympia' (Astralwerks)

Critical Mass
Release Date: October 25, 2010
Label: astralwerks

by Mikael Wood

For his 13th solo album, Bryan Ferry reconvenes the original lineup of Roxy Music (including elusive Brian Eno) for the first time in nearly four decades. Yet the cameo-packed Olympia shares far more with Ferry's recent solo stuff than it does with Roxy's early-'70s art rock; lusciously arranged lounge-funk workouts like "Heartache by Numbers" (cowritten by Scissor Sisters) and "Alphaville" shimmer with the assurance of age, not the thrill of possibility. "No Face, No Name, No Number," one track's called, and worried Ferry ain't.

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