My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Roxy Music is the self-titled debut album by the band of the same name. It was recorded during one week in March of 1972 and released in June of the same year.
What I think: I really knew next to nothing about Roxy Music going into this album, so I was really interested in hearing this and learning more about them. I knew it was going to be a bit strange/ a bit glam/ and a bit of art rock, and that is really what I got along with some prog rock. As far as my enjoyment of the record though, things were a little hit and miss revolving around the vocals. It seems Brian Ferry almost has two vocal styles. There is the Art Rock style that was certainly an influence on David Byrne down the road, and then there is an almost crooner side such on “If There’s Something”, “2HB” and “Chance Meeting”. This crooner side is what I’m not a fan of. Although, as I am re-listening to the album while writing this blog, these songs don’t even bother me as much, so I think learning the material would even make those enjoyable. As previously mentioned, I love the art rock style songs and the beginning/ending of bookends of “Re-Make/Re-Model” and “Bitters End” are probably my favorite.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do agree that this should be here. This mash of rock styles is really interesting to hear.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Roxy Music Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (210/274)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%