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Bryan Ferry: Let's Stick Together

Ron Ross, Phonograph Record, October 1976

WHILE THE POLITICS of self-exposure are evident in every album Bryan Ferry has made, with or without Roxy Music, his solo albums have consistently been a case study in pop profit-taking. Not that a calculated aesthetic hasn't informed both sides of Ferry's sensibility. As the leader/writer/vocalist of Roxy Music he has, from scratch, created one of the most original and addictive ouevres in rock, while as a solo artist let us in on his elegant joke by bringing his distinct vocal style to bear on familiar material from every strain of popular music – covering such diverse sources as Dylan, Carole King, Jimmy Reed, Willie Nelson, and Lennon and McCartney.

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