BRYAN fERRY AND hIs OR­ChEs­TRA

Bit­ter-sweet 7/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - MiCHael BOn­ner

Back to the jazz age, this time with vo­cals

As a solo artist, Ferry has rou­tinely pep­pered his discog­ra­phy with al­bums of cover ver­sions – Dy­lan, Len­non, soul, doo-wop and R&B. In 2012, he elected in­stead to cover his own songs with The Jazz Age – in­stru­men­tals recorded in the style of the Roar­ing Twen­ties. He re­vis­its the con­cept for Bit­ter-Sweet, though this time pro­vid­ing vo­cals. The highlights in­clude an au­tum­nal “Rea­son Or Rhyme” and “Boys And Girls”, where Ferry’s hushed, in­ti­mate de­liv­ery oc­ca­sion­ally re­calls Leonard Co­hen. The ar­range­ments are sharp – a jaunty “Dance Away”, a ru­mi­na­tive “White My Heart Is Still Beat­ing”. For all its old-time vibes, a typ­i­cally in­spired record from Ferry.

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