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  • Summary: Fresh off the Roxy Music reunion tour, Bryan Ferry resumes his solo career with this 13-track effort, a mix of Ferry originals and covers (including two Dylan tracks). Ferry has actually been working on this album for parts of the last eight (!) years, and it includes contributions fromFresh off the Roxy Music reunion tour, Bryan Ferry resumes his solo career with this 13-track effort, a mix of Ferry originals and covers (including two Dylan tracks). Ferry has actually been working on this album for parts of the last eight (!) years, and it includes contributions from former Roxy Music partner/nemesis Brian Eno, the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, and Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood. Expand
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  1. 90
    Frantic is packed with potential singles, as if he's decided it's not crime to enjoy himself, to embrace foolish things earthier than Avalon. This is classic Ferry, but full of surprises. [May 2002, p.92]
  2. Any fan of Bryan Ferry's Roxy work will find Frantic music to their ears.
  3. Some listeners might suggest that an album this varied has an identity crisis, but with standout tracks as glorious as the Dylan covers and the Eno closer, Frantic is a fascinating addition to Bryan Ferry's accomplished discography.
  4. Positive energy and enthusiasm go a long way here.
  5. Ferry could seem too reverent toward the material on As Time Goes By, but his new album, Frantic, feels a lot looser (and less respectful) even as it revisits the singer's favorite sources (Dylan, Leadbelly).
  6. 70
    A pleasantly surprising step in the right direction. [May 2002, p.104]
  7. Frankly, this is total yuppie shit--competent and unobtrusive.

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  1. JeffO
    Jun 3, 2005
    10
    A great CD by one fo the all time greats. A mix of styles - early Roxy, Cajun lament, Dylan covers, cool joint effort with Eno, medeival even A great CD by one fo the all time greats. A mix of styles - early Roxy, Cajun lament, Dylan covers, cool joint effort with Eno, medeival even - but extremely coherent and cool. Check out the piano version of Fool for Love put out in the mini-movie The Porter (with Bryan in a supporting role). Expand
  2. SteveL.
    Oct 12, 2002
    10
    Ferry is in top form here, his best in quite a while. Solid. Would get my nod for a Grammy.
  3. daven
    Aug 7, 2003
    10
    Frantic is Fucking fantastic!!!!
  4. WilliamG.
    May 30, 2002
    9
    Ferry,covers different styles of music..it's interesting and exciting..that's why it's titled "Frantic"..another gem from the master..
  5. RaeR
    Feb 16, 2003
    9
    I can't get this guy out of my head. There's just something that's almost too perfect about this album. Hopefully it's I can't get this guy out of my head. There's just something that's almost too perfect about this album. Hopefully it's this 'something' that will expand Ferry's audience base to a level he's deserved for a very long time. His collaboration with Brian Eno on 'I Thought' is simply stellar. Expand
  6. MarkC.
    Jun 17, 2002
    9
    surpasses avalon , the finest album of all time!!!

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