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Ferry, Bryan - 1985 Boys And Girls

ARTIST: Ferry, Bryan
ALBUM: Boys And Girls
LABEL: Warner Bros
SERIAL: 25082-1
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 2000, Virgin Records, 7243 84772222


LINEUP: Bryan Ferry - vocals * Guy Fletcher - keyboards * David Gilmour - guitar * Omar Hakim - drums * Tony Levin - bass

Additional Musicians: Neil Hubbard, Chester Kamen, Mark Knopfler, Keith Scott - guitar * Jon Carin - keyboards * Neil Jason, Marcus Miller, Allen Spenner - bass * Andy Newmark - drums * Jimmy Maelen - percussion * David Sanborn - saxophone * Anne Stephenson - strings * Virginia Hewes, Ednah Holt, Fonzi Thornton, Ruby Turner, Alfa Anderson, Michelle Cobbs, Yanick Etienne, Collen Fitz-Charles, Simone Fitz-Charles - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sensation * 02 Slave To Love * 03 Don't Stop The Dance * 04 A Waste Land * 05 Windswept * 06 The Chosen One * 07 Valentine * 08 Stone Woman * 09 Boys And Girls


Pop star, fashion maven, supermodel Lothario; the iconic Bryan Ferry put the ever-influential Roxy Music on ice after 1982's brilliant 'Avalon', preferring to focus on a solo career that stalled in 1978 with the soul baring, but ultimately disappointing 'The Bride Stripped Bare'. While that album dealt with his break-up with leggy American model Jerry Hall; 'Boys And Girls' found Ferry in a very different mood putting together an A-list group of musicians and peppering the release with pop songs ready-made for the singer's trademark sophistication that inspired so much of the fashionable 80's pop scene.

The Songs
Musically, 'Boys And Girls' artfully carries on where 'Avalon' left off and the result is one the best albums of 1985 with no less than two impossibly catchy singles and that's just the icing on the cake. 'Slave To Love' and 'Don't Stop The Dance' were both stylish and successful pop art, restating to newcomers Simple Minds and Tears For Fears who was in the game first. With limitless hooks and cool persuasion, Ferry runs the gamut of moods and sensual flavours on the achingly gorgeous 'Windswept' to the ambient clockwork landscapes of the title track; this is an album cinematic in scope and that grows larger with each listen.

In Summary
While not as successful, 1987's 'Bete Noire' was more than worthy of its predecessor although his recent focus on cover albums, including 2007's 'Dylanesque' has been somewhat disheartening. The good news is that Ferry has an album of new material out shortly, featuring the original Roxy Music circa 'For Your Pleasure' among other guests. 'Olympia' promises to be something special with a Roxy reunion tour slated for 2011. Life is good.

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#1 | Jez on October 06 2010 21:40:36
'Don't Stop the Dance' is an awesome tune and generally the whole of this album is really good aswell. Loved mid period Roxy 'Manifesto', 'Avalon' and 'Flesh and Blood' are all great albums and this was a great addition to Bryan Ferry's CV.
#2 | Eric on October 06 2010 22:29:38
Before I started writing this review it was a toss up between 'Boys and Girls' and 'Flesh+Blood'. Looks like we'll have to get to that one too..Thumbs Up
#3 | super80boy on January 01 2014 17:51:33
A very smooth suave album, but although it gets top marks (very much deservedly); it sometimes suffers from being just a little too smooth in its intentions. It would have been refreshing if Bryan had sprinkled in a little emotional rock edge, which had made his 70's work so compelling. 'Windswept' is an outstanding moody track that could easily find itself in plenty of movie soundtracks. 'The Chosen One' and 'Stone Woman' are other non single favorites.

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