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by Bryan Ferry
The Sultan of Suave has never exactly been known for exhibiting the sort of vibe the title of this disc implies -- and while Frantic isn't exactly a super-caffeinated collection, it is Ferry's most iconoclastic album in ages. As he has on most of his solo discs, he trots out an intriguing collection of covers, highlighted here by languid renditions of a pair of


The Sultan of Suave has never exactly been known for exhibiting the sort of vibe the title of this disc implies -- and while Frantic isn't exactly a super-caffeinated collection, it is Ferry's most iconoclastic album in ages. As he has on most of his solo discs, he trots out an intriguing collection of covers, highlighted here by languid renditions of a pair of Bob Dylan tunes ("It's All Over Now Baby Blue" and "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright") and an appropriately mournful take on Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene." More intriguing, however, are the originals that he's conjured up this time around, which cover considerably more ground than Ferry's recent lounge-y discs, as evidenced by the dark-hued "Hiroshima," which features the guitar of Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood. Most of the new tunes -- such as the smoky, romantic "Cruel" -- were co-written with ex-Eurythmic Dave Stewart, but Ferry reunites with his old Roxy Music cohort Brian Eno for the haunting album closer, "I Thought." Yes, he's still kinda laid-back, but Frantic proves that Bryan Ferry is a long way from being laid out.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim DiGravina
Frantic manages to touch upon virtually every musical style of Bryan Ferry's career. Ferry has proved to be as interested in covering other artists' material as penning original songs, and he straddles a smart mix of originals and covers here. Two brilliant Bob Dylan songs appear among the opening tracks: "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" sees a return to the eclectic, energetic experimentation of Ferry's early albums with Roxy Music as a lush modern swirl of instruments mingles with the singer's stylized vocals and throwback harmonica; "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" completes the Dylan pair, as Ferry intones with confidence and again takes up harmonica over Colin Good's rolling piano. The reverent Leadbelly cover "Goodnight Irene" reimagines Ferry as a kind of blues troubadour. "One Way Love" sees the Drifters' song reworked as a squall of distorted guitars and keyboards. Almost half of Frantic's songs originated from late-'90s sessions with Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, and Stewart is given a co-writer credit for these songs. Though the Stewart songs tend to favor edginess over songwriting, a few of them manage to break through the bombast. "Goddess of Love" is probably the best song about Marilyn Monroe since Kitchens of Distinction's "When in Heaven," and there's a passing musical resemblance to that great song. "Hiroshima" works like an ominous take on Roxy Music's synth-heavy Avalon period, with raging guitar dynamics contributed by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood. Roxy Music fans will find more reasons to rejoice with the superb album closer, "I Thought," which was co-written with Brian Eno, who sings backing vocals and plays keyboards. 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.

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Emi Europe Generic


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bryan Ferry   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Keyboards,Vocals,Harmonia
Eddie LeJeune   Accordion
Robin Trower   Guitar
Chris Spedding   Guitar,Electric Sitar
Audrey Wheeler   Background Vocals
Lucy Kaplansky   Background Vocals
Sarah Brown   Background Vocals
Trio Cadien   Background Vocals
Terry Disley   Keyboards
Brian Eno   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Pete Glenister   Guitar
Mick Green   Guitar
Bobby Irwin   Drums
Zev Katz   Bass
D.L. Menard   Guitar
Marcus Miller   Bass
Rev. Sister Mary M. Nelson   Soprano
Andy Newmark   Percussion,Drums
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Ken Smith   Fiddle
Dave Stewart   Guitar
Paul Thompson   Percussion,Drums
Lucy Wilkins   Strings,Vocals
Alison Goldfrapp   Background Vocals
Jonny Greenwood   Guitar
Colin Good   Piano,Virginal,Mellotron
Rosie Wetters   Strings,Vocals
Jhelisa Anderson   Background Vocals
Lisa Anderson   Background Vocals
Adam Lamprell   Guitar
Patti Russo   Background Vocals
David E. Williams   Bass,Guitar
Alice Retif   Background Vocals
Robert Fowler   Oboe,Alto Saxophone
Martin Wheatley   Guitar
Keith G. Thompson   Oboe,Recorder,Curtal,Woodwind,Crumhorn
Kelli Dayton   Background Vocals
Paul Anthony Taylor   Keyboards
Natalia Bonner   Strings,Vocals
Lucy Theo   Strings,Vocals
Nicole Blumberg   Background Vocals
Stevie DeGranville   Background Vocals
Julia Thornton   Harp
D.L. Menard & The Louisiana Aces   Guitar

Technical Credits

Lead Belly   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Bryan Ferry   Arranger,Producer
Harry Nilsson   Composer
Robin Trower   Producer
Nick Addison   Engineer
Neil Brockbank   Engineer
Rhett Davies   Producer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Richard Norris   Engineer
Dave Stewart   Producer
Mark Tucker   Engineer
Sven Taits   Engineer
Colin Good   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Ash Howes   Engineer
Ben Chapman   Programming
James Sanger   Programming
Paul Anthony Taylor   Programming
Michael Boddy   Engineer

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Frantic 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent album from beginning to end. Includes obligatory Dylan classics, many songs that sound like Roxy Music, a few that are pure Bryan Ferry solo, and one absolute gem: a duo with Roxy Music co-founder and ambient music godfather Brian Eno.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bryan Ferrys solo work has always had its ups and downs....But overall he has always remained one of the few artist who still walk that cutting edge line....Frantic has some great moments. The pop crafty Cruel shows that Ferry and Company still can make catchy records...Goddess of love has older Ferry almost breathing the vocals....His voice is in perfect form.....The last song I Thought shows just how haunting he can be.....Robin Trowers work with Bryan is always solid...Adding Dave Stewert,Rhett Davies and Brian Eno gives this record just the right amount of weirdness to make it original.....Bryan is at the top of his game....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bryan must have been wanting to please all of his fans with his strongest release since Boys & Girls. Included you will hear several pleasant covers, but fans of his specialty - swirling, multi tracked rock songs with a dance beat won't be disapointed. There are at least six songs that would be considered worthy of any Bryan Ferry compilation mixes. While Ferry is is fine form on this album, the guitar work featured on each song is remarkable. Guaranteed to put you in air-guiter mode in a jiffy. Guitar solos have a muscular, Eric Clapton at his best quality, reminisent of Roxy's The High Road concert album. All in all, this album will make a fine addition to your collection of swave rock masterpieces.