The Bride Stripped Bare (album)

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The Bride Stripped Bare
Studio album by Bryan Ferry
Released 1 September 1978
Recorded Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland 1977
Genre Rock/Pop
Length 41:42
Label EG Records
Producer Waddy Watchel, Rick Marotta, Simon Puxley, Steve Nye and Bryan Ferry
Bryan Ferry chronology
In Your Mind
The Bride Stripped Bare
Boys and Girls
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (B+) link

The Bride Stripped Bare is a 1978 solo album by Bryan Ferry and is his fifth album released independent of Roxy Music. It was recorded after his girlfriend Jerry Hall left him for Mick Jagger in 1977, and appears to contain references to their break-up. The album peaked at number 13 on the albums chart in the United Kingdom. Although critically acclaimed, the album didn't achieve the success it was expected as it was released in the peak of Punk rock.[1]

The album's title is taken from the Marcel Duchamp artwork The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even. Ferry had been introduced to the work as an art school student by Richard Hamilton. A subtext of Duchamp's piece is masculine and feminine relationships.

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewing for AllMusic critic, Ned Raggett wrote of the album "When Jerry Hall, front-cover model on Roxy's Siren, left Ferry for Mick Jagger, his response was this interesting album, not a full success but by no means a washout."[2] And the critic, Robert Christgau wrote of the album "Maybe the smoke in Bryan's eyes has finally reached his heart; the apparent sincerity of some of the singing here makes those five-minute moments when he lingers ponderously over a key lyric easier to take." and he added that "The Los Angeles musicians don't hurt either--the conjunction of his style of stylization (feigned detachment) makes for interesting expressive tension."[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Sign of the Times" (Bryan Ferry) 2:28
2. "Can't Let Go" (Ferry) 5:14
3. "Hold On (I'm Coming)" (Isaac Hayes, David Porter) 3:37
4. "The Same Old Blues" (J.J. Cale) 3:21
5. "When She Walks in the Room" (Ferry) 6:28
6. "Take Me to the River" (Al Green, Mabon "Teenie" Hodges) 4:29
7. "What Goes On" (Lou Reed) 4:11
8. "Carrickfergus" (Traditional, arranged by Ferry) 3:46
9. "That's How Strong My Love Is" (Roosevelt Jamison) 3:17
10. "This Island Earth" (Ferry) 5:06



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