Frantic

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2002
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724381198421
  • Catalog Number: 8119842
  • Sales rank: 123,226

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (4:05)
  2. 2 Cruel (3:55)
  3. 3 Goin' Down (3:08)
  4. 4 Goddess of Love (3:33)
  5. 5 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (4:05)
  6. 6 Nobody Loves Me (3:23)
  7. 7 Ja Nun Hons Pris (0:35)
  8. 8 A Fool for Love (4:44)
  9. 9 Goodnight Irene (3:20)
  10. 10 Hiroshima... (3:13)
  11. 11 San Simeon (4:36)
  12. 12 One Way Love (3:05)
  13. 13 I Thought (5:40)
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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
Allison 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
Brian Ferry Harmonia
D.L. Menard & The Louisiana Aces Guitar
Technical Credits
Bryan Ferry Arranger, Producer
Harry Nilsson Composer
Robin Trower Producer
Nick Addison Engineer
Neil Brockbank Engineer
Rhett Davies Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
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
Brian Ferry Arranger, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still cool after all these years

    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....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Frantic is Ferry's best in a long time

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bryan Ferry Releases a Strong New Album

    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.

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