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Roxy Music

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track listing
  • More Than This
  • The Space Between
  • Avalon
  • India
  • While My Heart Is Still Beating
  • The Main Thing
  • Take A Chance With Me
  • To Turn You On
  • True To Life
  • Tara

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    Roxy Music is one of those bands that has its own unique sound. Their poppish, romantic songs are easily compared to a band that would be an influence on them in the 1980s, Duran Duran. Avalon was released in 1982.

    More Than This and the title track Avalon, are songs that received the most radio airplay, and are considered the album's main hits. If you listen very closely to Avalon, doesn't the main verse's melody resemble Prince's If You Were Mine? The Space Between sounds exactly like a Duran Duran song, with its pop beat and bassline.

    India is a short instrumental, that can easily be used for a movie soundtrack. It then leads into the next song, While My Heart Is Still Beating, which is a slow-yet-moody ballad. As you listen to it, it tends to make your mind wander.

    The Main Thing is very funky; with lead singer Bryan Ferry's unique vocal style, it has the funk-soul of the previous decade, the 1970s, yet with a 1980s style flavor. The heavy synthesizers starting out Take A Chance With Me is eerie, and reflects Duran Duran again, as it blends in as another typical-pop Roxy tune. To Turn You On, like While My Heart Is Still Beating, is another slowie ballad.

    Another synthesizer-based song is True To Life, as it is a medium-paced pop number. Lastly, Tara, is very new-age jazz, with its relaxing saxophone, as it is yet another very short instrumental, that should of been more than it's one minute and a half length as it was on this album.

    Avalon is pop, somewhat soulful, and somewhat new-age jazz. It is definitely more pop than any of the styles mentioned. This album was ranked #27 according to Critics' Choice: The Top 100 Rock 'n' Roll Albums Of All Time by Paul Gamaccini, in 1987. This album would be Roxy's last studio album in their career, as this album is quoted from Gamaccini's book:

    'Much like Marvin Gaye's I Want You, each cut can be taken individually, standing on its own merits, or collectively,' approved J.J. Jackson. (one of the original MTV VJ's) 'The entire album blows so smoothly that its appeal will enhance any lifestyle.'
    © Paul Gamaccini, Harmony Books, New York

    Which is a good quote. Lifestyle or style, relating to music, is an honorable mention. It features different styles of music, that can be classified under pop (in most cases) and new-age jazz. Roxy Music's style was unique, as it defined art rock with pop, soul and new-age jazz, found here on Avalon. Their music became a big influence on another popular 1980s band that would "borrow" their musical style from time to time -- Duran Duran. Although Duran Duran would emphasize on the dance-style pop sound as heard on The Space Between, heard on Avalon, Roxy Music didn't just concentrate on this kind of style only, they created songs in other musical ranges and tastes. Which makes Roxy Music an interesting band to listen to, yet alone their unique sound in how they performed, and made them one of the best bands to surface from what we call "The Rock Era."

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