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Christgau Consumer Guide

Roxy Music

by Robert Christgau on June 16, 1972


ROXY MUSIC

 “Roxy Music” 

 [Reprise, 1972]


From the drag queen on the cover to the fop finery in the centerfold to the polished deformity of the music on the record, this celebrates the kind of artifice that could come to seem as unhealthy as the sheen on a piece of rotten meat. Right now, though, it’s decorated with enough weird hooks to earn an A for side one. Side two leans a little too heavily on the synthesizer (played by a balding, long-haired eunuch lookalike named Eno) without the saving grace of drums and bassline. 

B+


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