Picks and Pans Review: Bête Noire

updated 01/18/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/18/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

Bryan Ferry

Both as a solo act and in Roxy Music, Ferry has proved to be one of rock's most elegant, dependable stylists. However, on Bête Noire, the cosmopolitan singer wanders the boulevards in tattered pajamas instead of a tux. Only a few cuts, namely Kiss and Tell and Day for Night, approach Ferry's usually captivating creations. The bulk of the album is made up of moody arrangements woefully lacking in focus. On such slight material Ferry's wan voice sounds more like that of a muezzin summoning the faithful than it does a rock star's. The title of one track, Limbo, is an all-too-apt signpost for the territory into which the singer steers us here. (Reprise/Warner Bros.)

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