If Paul Weller was a close-favorite and token vet for the Mercury Prize this year, Bryan Ferry will most certainly be it next.
The former Roxy Music member is promoting his forthcoming solo effort "Olympia," due Oct. 26, and has released a new track, "Song to the Siren."
Just like Slash's album released earlier this year, Ferry obviously pulled out all the stops to feature his friends on this "solo" set. This particular "Siren" song includes contributions from his former bandmates (including Brian Eno), Radiohead noisemaker Jonny Greenwood, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Nile Rodgers and frequent Ferry collaborator Colin Good, among others.
That being said, I'd love to be at this year's Christmas party at the Ferry household.
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"Song to the Siren" -- as opposed to "of" the Siren -- is very easy to listen to, in that there's plenty going on, but the hook won't bleed you dry. If the rest of "Olympia" is like this, it'd serve as a good companion to Sade's recent masterpiece, "Soldier of Love." Ferry's voice is tip-top.
Still, it's got that hint of glamor, the subtle answer to the eye-party that is "Olympia's" album cover, featuring Kate Moss. Perhaps she's the Siren of which he speaks?
What do you think of the track?