Flesh + Blood

(1980), 5.5/10
The general consensus among Roxy Music fans is that Flesh + Blood is vying with its predecessor Manifesto as Roxy Music’s weakest album. It’s basically more of the same slick dance-pop as Manifesto; it has three very strong singles, but the album tracks are largely forgettable, and the two bizarre covers arguably indicate that the band were running short on ideas.

The two covers are an arch reading of the soul chestnut ‘In The Midnight Hour’, and a weird remake of The Byrds’ ‘Eight Miles High’; if you want to hear a great 1980s’ version of the latter, try Hüsker Dü’s. The best of the singles is ‘Same Old Scene’, which backs Ferry’s smooth falsetto with a slick dance beat and Andy Mackay’s memorable horn riffs. ‘Oh Yeah’ is a terrific piece of blue eyed soul, with its refrain of “There’s a band playing on the radio/And it’s drowning the sound of my tears,” while ‘Over You’ is elegant and simple. Flesh + Blood is my pick for Roxy Music’s weakest album, but its three strong singles make it worth salvaging.

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