Bryan Ferry, “Avonmore”

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Bryan Ferry
Avonmore
BMG

5/10

Between his last release The Jazz Age and his contributions to Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, it was beginning to look like Bryan Ferry was trapped in some sort of Art Deco time warp, but alas, that seersucker-clad crooner is back for his fifteenth solo release, and this time he’s enlisted the help of a few familiar, yet unexpected friends like Nile Rodgers, Ronnie Spector, and Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Flea. Ferry seductively coos above electro-pop anthems like the LP’s title track, “Avonmore,” and “Soldier of Fortune,” which was apparently co-written by the illustrious Johnny Marr, but true to form, Ferry also showcases a couple of very Ferry-esque renditions of Robert Palmers’ “Johnny and Mary” and Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” (think back to “Krusty Gets Kancelled”). This album definitely feels very adult contemporary, but seriously, when was the last time you were bored doing anything adult related?

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