Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Nov 26, 2012
    Given that Ferry doesn't sing on The Jazz Age, the appeal for casual fans is debatable. But for the faithful, trad-jazz heads, and open-minded listeners, the musical quality--from expert arrangements, virtuosic playing, and the brilliant concept--offer something wholly different and rewarding.
  2. Feb 7, 2013
    It may not be an extreme reworking of song forms or a sudden return to action, perhaps simply another chapter in the various indulgences he enjoys, but in numerous ways, The Jazz Age is Ferry's most radical work yet.
  3. Uncut
    Dec 11, 2012
    As a reminder that music is fundamentally there for our pleasure, The Jazz Age is splendid. [Jan 2013, p.68]
  4. Q Magazine
    Feb 8, 2013
    [Bryan Ferry] corkscrews the concept in an instrumental tribute nit only to the very first cocktail'n'cocaine era but also to his own serpentine melodic gifts. [Mar 2013, p.101]
  5. May 16, 2013
    At times The Jazz Age does feel slightly like a novelty record.
  6. Nov 26, 2012
    Ferry devotees will love it, and so might plenty of others.
  7. Nov 26, 2012
    For anyone yet to be acquainted with the music of the Jazz Age, this is the perfect introduction to the sound of the era. That Ferry's music can be so interpreted, and carried off so convincingly, suggests strength in depth to his canon of work.
  8. Feb 13, 2013
    What we have on The Jazz Age is music that’s haunting itself.
  9. Nov 26, 2012
    As fascinating as it is perplexing, anything but obvious, and therefore to be applauded.
  10. Nov 26, 2012
    Every note is perfectly placed, the sense of bygone breeziness lovingly accurate.
  11. The Wire
    Jan 8, 2013
    As stylistic cross-fertilising vanity projects by rock stars of pensionable age go, this one has bags of charm at least and is eminently listenable. [Jan 2013, p.65]
  12. 80
    It's a surprisingly enjoyable transformation for some of the tunes.
  13. Jul 15, 2013
    Hearing “Love Is the Drug,” “Virginia Plain” and “The Bogus Man” this way embalms the material. And many lose a key dimension without vocals.
  14. Feb 12, 2013
    Ferry’s best songs bubble with double-edged nuances and pastiche-style textures, drawing on influences from many eras. The Jazz Age diminishes that complexity, turning many of these brilliant tunes into period caricatures.

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