Taxi (Bryan Ferry album)

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Taxi
Studio album by Bryan Ferry
Released 13 April 1993
Recorded 1988-1993
Studio Matrix Studios, London
Genre
Length 39:09
Label Virgin, Reprise
Producer Bryan Ferry, Robin Trower
Bryan Ferry chronology
Bête Noire
(1987)
Taxi
(1993)
Mamouna
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars link
Robert Christgau Jan. 26, 1988
Entertainment Weekly (B) link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

Taxi is the eighth solo studio album by Bryan Ferry, the former lead vocalist for Roxy Music. The album was released on Virgin Records in April 1993, over five years after the release of his previous album Bête Noire.[1] This was Ferry's third solo album since the second demise of Roxy Music in 1983, ten years earlier. The album was a commercial and critical success, peaking at No. 2 in the U.K., it was certified Gold by the BPI.

The first single, "I Put A Spell On You" was the album's only top 20 hit in the U.K., peaking at No. 18. The second single, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" narrowly missed the U.K. top 20, peaking at No. 23. The third and final single, "Girl Of My Best Friend" peaked at 57.[2][3]

Production and recording[edit]

When Ferry was asked about the album, he said "Since I started work on the Taxi album, everything has gone great for me. The last two years have been terrific, but I had three or four miserable years. Doing the Taxi album was the start of getting things right. Just getting something done quickly and efficiently was very gratifying. Finishing something I liked and getting back into singing again, getting away from my own writing temporarily was a good thing."[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing for AllMusic critic, Ned Raggett wrote of the album "Taxi shows a mature Bryan Ferry, suave and controlled, very much in line with his general career from 1979 on." and he added that "Ferry's treated vocals, made to sound weirdly flat and compressed, heightens the curious mood."[5] And reviewing for Entertainment Weekly, critic David Browne wrote of the album "Few of the remakes have the decadent, jaunty verve of his covers albums of the '70s. But that's okay, since Ferry appears to be aiming for something else: beautifully eerie mood music for the lovesick vampire in us all."[6] Rob Sheffield wrote in his three star review of the album "Taxi is a consistently inspired set that ranges from "Amazing Grace" to "All Tomorrow's Parties."[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "I Put a Spell on You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) 5:27
2. "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (Carole King, Gerry Goffin) 4:18
3. "Answer Me" (Carl Sigman, Gerhard Winkler, Fred Rauch) 2:47
4. "Just One Look" (Doris Payne, Gregory Carroll) 3:33
5. "Rescue Me" (Carl Smith, Raynard Miner) 3:40
6. "All Tomorrow's Parties" (Lou Reed) 5:31
7. "Girl of My Best Friend" (Sam Bobrick, Ross Butler) 3:26
8. "Amazing Grace" (John Newton) 4:01
9. "Taxi" (Homer Banks, Charles Brooks) 5:30
10. "Because You're Mine" (Bryan Ferry) 1:44

Personnel[edit]

  • Bryan Ferry – lead vocals, piano, organ, witch, synthesizer, strings
Additional musicians

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Peak
Position
1993 UK Album Charts 2
1993 Billboard 200 79

Singles

Year Single Chart Peak
Position
1993 "I Put A Spell On You" UK Singles Chart 18 [8]
1993 "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" UK Singles Chart 23 [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Music Reviews : Bryan Ferry: Taxi". Rolling Stone. Jun 24, 1993. Bryan Ferry hasn't released a record in more than five years. He had been working on an album to follow up the exquisite Bête Noire, from 1987, ... 
  2. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/artist/_/bryan%20ferry/
  3. ^ http://www.vivaroxymusic.com/albums_23.php
  4. ^ http://silvermichaels.weebly.com/2/post/2013/07/flashback-bryan-ferry-january-1995.html
  5. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/taxi-mw0000618627
  6. ^ http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,306303,00.html
  7. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "Bryan Ferry". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. November 2004. pg. 297
  8. ^ http://www.vivaroxymusic.com/singles_215.php
  9. ^ http://www.vivaroxymusic.com/singles_597.php

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