For Your Pleasure
For Your Pleasure stands as Roxy Music’s quintessential album, with its atmosphere of sleek European glamour and decadence. It’s the band’s last album to feature Brian Eno – reportedly Bryan Ferry was jealous of his success with women. For Your Pleasure is just as creative as Roxy Music’s debut, but the songs are much more consistent and it maintains interest throughout the disc.
The two pivotal tracks are both lengthy; ‘The Bogus Man’ rides a groove for nine minutes, reminiscent of what German bands like Can were producing at the time, while ‘In Every Dream Home A Heartache’ is a dark tale of debauchery, tense and brooding until Ferry delivers the line “You blew up my body/But you blew my mind” and Manzanera launches into an epic solo. There are also some great upbeat pieces like the hyper ‘Editions of You’, with a great synth solo from Eno, and the opening ‘Do The Strand’ where Ferry turns on the glamour. ‘Beauty Queen’ is pretty and atmospheric, with Ferry’s croon especially effective.
While the tensions between Eno and Ferry meant that For Your Pleasure was Eno’s last album with Roxy Music, their final creation together in the band produced Roxy Music’s quintessential album.