Monday November 17th sees the release of Avonmore, the new studio album from Bryan Ferry. After his beguiling detour into The Jazz Age and a significant contribution to Bazz Luhrmann’s hit film of The Great Gatsby, Ferry returns to the present day with a compelling collection of eight brand new compositions and two intriguing covers.
Johnny Marr, Nile Rodgers and Marcus Miller feature throughout the album, together with a shifting cast including Flea, Ronnie Spector, Mark Knopfler and Maceo Parker.
From the darkly driven title track, through to the contemplative “Soldier Of Fortune”, from the swirling groove of “One Night Stand” to the dreamlike first single “Loop De Li” – Avonmore is both contemporary and classic. The two covers are unique Ferry musical interpretations – a beautiful and lush take on Sondheim’s “Send In The Clowns” and Robert Palmers “Johnny and Mary”, a collaboration with the Norwegian DJ and producer Todd Terje, transformed into a melancholic hymn to love and loss.
Produced by Bryan Ferry and Rhett Davies and mixed by Craig Silvey, Avonmore is out now on Vinyl, CD and Digital editions; all physical orders from BryanFerry.com will also get an instant download digital copy of the album.
What the press are saying
“Avonmore leaves you wanting more”
The Evening Standard
“Avonmore bears comparison to Roxy Music’s classic Avalon … Cool and contemporary”
“Avonmore is a masterclass in sleek effortless control … His tortures here are entirely sensual affairs”
4* The Independent, Album of the Week
“A winning formula … his romantic disconnection and crepuscular charm is undimmed”
4* The Guardian
“Ferry at his decadent best”
“Avonmore is a vigorous delight … Ferry’s muse revived and inspired”
“This is unquestionably the finest music Bryan Ferry’s made for 30 years.”
“One in a million”
“It draws you in like a hypnotic command… Avonmore is classic”
4* The Daily Telegraph
“Avonmore is a beautiful album, and it extends Ferry’s fascination trajectory – from art-pop to painting with sound, from wearing a mask to baring his soul, from a young man’s swagger to a veteran’s vulnerability.”
4* The Mail On Sunday, Album of the Week
“Are there any other 69-year old rockstars who can sit so comfortably in Mixmag? Macca? No. Jagger? No way. A triumph”
“Avonmore has levels of energy in both performance and songwriting that we haven’t heard from Ferry in a while”
Sunday Times Culture
“All slick, sensuous rhythms and small-hours lyricism”
4* Sunday Express, Album of the Week
“Ferry still sounds admirably fresh, even five decades into his career … The eight originals and two covers exude class throughout”
“The style returns to the sophisticated funk and rock of his 1980s work, luxuriating in melancholy”
3* Financial Times Weekend
“Each track dazzles like a beautifully cut diamond … His best album in more than 30 years”