Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry to release comeback album

Thu Oct 21, 2010 6:23am EDT
 
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By Matthias Baehr

BERLIN (Reuters) - Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry is set to make a comeback with the release of his new album "Olympia" next week.

The album, which will be released on October 25, is set to be a chart-topper if the success of the single "You Can Dance" is anything to go by. Released in August, it quickly became a club hit across Europe.

"I hope it is a return to form. I think it is," Ferry said of his forthcoming album, which features eight new songs as well as his own interpretations of Tim Buckley's "Song to the Siren" -- which his website describes as "achingly romantic" -- and Traffic's "No Face, No Name, No Number."

Olympia is the rock legend's first album since 2007, when his "Dylanesque" -- a series of Bob Dylan cover songs -- made it into the top five of the UK charts.

"I very much wanted to make a musical statement again after the last album. After that record I felt it was time to do an album of my own music," Ferry told Reuters on a visit to Berlin.

The cover of the new album features Kate Moss in a pose inspired by an Edouard Manet's 1863 painting "Olympia."

The raunchy oil canvas sent shockwaves through Parisian society when first exhibited in the French capital in 1865 because it depicts a naked young courtesan lying provocatively on her bed.

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