Bryan Ferry

Mamouna [Single]

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Ferry's Mamouna CD5 features the title cut plus three tracks recorded live while on tour in Glasgow, 1988. "Mamouna" (1994), reminiscent of the Avalon-era sound, is the best cut on this EP (and on the full length CD). The song, seductive and atmospheric, represents one of Ferry's best efforts in years. The live cuts that follow lack the same appeal. "Don't Stop the Dance," originally from Boys and Girls (1985), plays in stark contrast to the mood-evoking "Mamouna." This '80s pop tune is all dance. "In Every Dream Home a Heartache," another sharp stylistic turn, sounds lackluster in its representation of Roxy Music's progressive period. Although it's great to hear Ferry dig deep from Roxy's repertoire, this rendition lacks the atmospherics of the original 1973 studio recording. "Bete Noire" (1987) ends the set with Bryan's standard ingredients -- part dance, part romance.

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