10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Avalon is Roxy Music’s swan song, the album that brings 10 years of mad revelry and musical theater to a close. Where the band’s 1972 debut portended many of the trends that would dominate the '70s, its 1982 farewell encapsulated the decadent poignancy of the '80s even before the decade was properly underway. Avalon is luscious and expensive and slightly wearied. Roxy prefigured the highs and lows that would define the impending era. Gauzy and groovy, “More Than This” and “Avalon” are two of the jewels in the band’s catalog and two of the best love songs of the '80s. At a time when new wave was reducing pop music to its flashiest trends, Roxy made modern synth-pop tunes that carried the wisdom and sophistication of the great jazz standards. The album stays true to its tone: “India,” “Take a Chance with Me," and “True to Life” are every bit as fragile and gorgeous as the two hit singles. Avalon feels both elegiac and affectionate. In a manner appropriate for one of history’s most romantic rock bands, Roxy delivers its final album like one last long kiss goodnight.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Avalon is Roxy Music’s swan song, the album that brings 10 years of mad revelry and musical theater to a close. Where the band’s 1972 debut portended many of the trends that would dominate the '70s, its 1982 farewell encapsulated the decadent poignancy of the '80s even before the decade was properly underway. Avalon is luscious and expensive and slightly wearied. Roxy prefigured the highs and lows that would define the impending era. Gauzy and groovy, “More Than This” and “Avalon” are two of the jewels in the band’s catalog and two of the best love songs of the '80s. At a time when new wave was reducing pop music to its flashiest trends, Roxy made modern synth-pop tunes that carried the wisdom and sophistication of the great jazz standards. The album stays true to its tone: “India,” “Take a Chance with Me," and “True to Life” are every bit as fragile and gorgeous as the two hit singles. Avalon feels both elegiac and affectionate. In a manner appropriate for one of history’s most romantic rock bands, Roxy delivers its final album like one last long kiss goodnight.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

rbchdude ,

Seductive, sexy, sensual(pick a word)

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This is one of the most sensual put you in the mood CDs ever. Ask her/him to dance with you and you'll thank me for writing this review.

CaveDweller1 ,

Saving The Best...

As far as swan songs go, you would be hard pressed to find an album as cohesive and beautifully crafted as Avalon. Generally final albums reflect that moment when a band, great or not, hits the wall. Often they are a messy pastiche of egoes and raw nerves that generally leave a bad taste in the mouth. Not Avalon. Here Roxy Music presents their most cohesive and musically stunning achievement. Avalon is that true rarity, it showcases a band that is going out while on top and flexing their musical muscles one last time simply because they loved doing it. This album is beautifully crafted, sensuous and unabashedly adult in it's style and content. Avalon is highly recommended for any lover of fine music.

keebosr ,

One of the best

This was a go-to album over & over during my college years - absolutely one of the best albums of the 1980's and it usually makes most "top 100" album lists. There's not a bad track on here and for as good as 'Avalon' and 'More Than This' are, I would argue that 'To Turn You On' and 'True to Life' are even better - they are both outstanding jewels.

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