9 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Built around the R&B-inflected lead single “Love is the Drug,” 1975’s Siren saw Roxy Music following the lead of David Bowie, Marc Bolan, and other former glam stars by augmenting their hard-driving sound with a healthy dose of silky American R&B. “Love is the Drug” provided Roxy Music with a major stateside hit just as New York was succumbing to the glamour of the nascent disco movement. Always the canny trend watcher, Bryan Ferry wrote a set of songs for Siren that were driven by the steady beat of the American club scene. This doesn’t mean that Ferry entirely abandoned his role as glam tastemaker: the disco-baiting excursions of “Love is the Drug” and “Both Ends Burning” are offset by the comforting presence of three-chord burners like “Whirlwind” and classic Roxy ballads like “She Sells.” Ferry is a consummate showman and plays the role of suave continental debauchee to the hilt, injecting campy melodrama into his every vocal quaver and crooned crescendo.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Built around the R&B-inflected lead single “Love is the Drug,” 1975’s Siren saw Roxy Music following the lead of David Bowie, Marc Bolan, and other former glam stars by augmenting their hard-driving sound with a healthy dose of silky American R&B. “Love is the Drug” provided Roxy Music with a major stateside hit just as New York was succumbing to the glamour of the nascent disco movement. Always the canny trend watcher, Bryan Ferry wrote a set of songs for Siren that were driven by the steady beat of the American club scene. This doesn’t mean that Ferry entirely abandoned his role as glam tastemaker: the disco-baiting excursions of “Love is the Drug” and “Both Ends Burning” are offset by the comforting presence of three-chord burners like “Whirlwind” and classic Roxy ballads like “She Sells.” Ferry is a consummate showman and plays the role of suave continental debauchee to the hilt, injecting campy melodrama into his every vocal quaver and crooned crescendo.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

novemberland1 ,

Absolutely Gorgeous!!!

Timelessly beautiful tunes, arrangements and performances...and, typical for a Roxy Music recording, a wondrously detailed mix. One of their finest LPs...the music is as lovely and fun as the cover shot of mermaid Jerry Hall.

Chuck AzEee ,

The last album of Roxy Music's Second Phase is a stunner!

To get such a great album at such a low price is criminal, yet the more fans of 1970's Glam would love this brilliant and influential Art-rock band from the U.K.'s music scene.

This album feature the only U.S. Top 40 hit in "Love Is The Drug" (No. 2 on the U.K. Singles charts) and "Both Ends Burning".

JWP BASS ,

Great album

One of the best records of the 70's.

This album is better than any of the Rolling Stone albums ever released.

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