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Roxy Music: Country Life

Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 9 November 1974

SO THE BARON displayed a certain lack of sartorial "chutzpah" in his last choice of onstage image-tackle. So blame his tailor. Country Life is so good, you see, we may yet have to step down and reverently refer to the Big F forevermore via his given moniker. The first answer is, yes, the album is a thoroughly worthy successor to the truly wonderful Stranded, even if there is perhaps nothing here quite as weightily inspired as 'Mother Of Pearl'. But then Stranded was, after all, something of a flawed "meisterwerk" with 24-carat gems like 'Song For Europe' and the aforementioned 'Mother' having to parlay attention with the exquisitely dull 'Psalm'. 

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