Having shelved his big-band jazz for the time being, Roxy Music great Bryan Ferry is preparing to released a new album called Avonmore on November 17 through BMG. It can be streamed now in advance of its in-store release.
For this album, Ferry was joined by collaborators like Johnny Marr, Flea, Todd Terje, Nile Rodgers, Ronnie Spector and Maceo Parker. It consists primarily of original material, plus covers of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" and Robert Palmer's "Johnny and Mary."
The album's sound is mostly lush and mellow, meaning that it sounds at times like Roxy Music's classic 1982 effort Avalon, albeit with slightly more electronic instrumentation. The version of "Johnny and Mary" has twinkling arpeggiators and Chariots of Fire-style drum echoes, while "Lost" is a gorgeous lounge ballad.
Elsewhere, Ferry ventures into funkier sounds on "Special Kind of Guy" and "Midnight Train," while "Avonmore" is propulsive in its driving rhythms.
Hear it all below [via the Guardian]. Fans should not that, as of press time, the songs in the player seem to be in the wrong order and opener "Loop De Li" is missing altogether.