I was a big fan of Bryan Ferry’s dalliance with standards – I thought his voice was far better suited to the American songbook than the gristly pipes of his chart-topping colleague Rod Stewart. He’s also recently done some strong work on a Bob Dylan covers record. Still, it’s nice to see him back recording art-pop in the vein of his earlier solo albums and Roxy Music.
Olympia is a mix of originals and covers. Among the latter are two standouts: Tim Buckley’s “Song To the Siren” and Traffic’s “No Face, No Name, No Number.”
The album features an A-list set of musical collaborators: Nile Rodgers, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Groove Armada, Scissor Sisters, Marcus Miller, Flea, ex Stone Roses Mani (Primal Scream) , and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. It also sees Bryan Ferry reunite on record with members of Roxy Music, including Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, and Andy Mackay.
With the help of club airplay, one hit, “You Can Dance,” has already gotten off the ground (video below).
We’re giving away a copy of Olympia to the first person to email me with the correct title of Ferry’s 1999 album of standards.
For those who don’t win the giveaway, you can purchase the CD here.