The Ferry of Love

Into the 6th decade of his career, Bryan Ferry has fallen off his own high standards, but he can still do a great performance of other people’s compositions.

His latest is an EP of four cover versions leading with Love Letters.

The track feels a lot like his Taxi era, with its lush textured sound, and that is not a bad thing at all.

Ferry Across The Harbour City

The perineal problem for pop performers who have young audiences is what to do when ageing takes its inevitable toll. Jazz musicians of the 1930s had a head start with the likes of Duke Ellington and Count Basie dressing in suits and sitting down from the get go. Elvis Presley’s latter years were sartorially punctuated with the kind of jumpsuits that could only be liked by his mother, and a world wide impersonator industry. Bryan Ferry noted all this and while he dabbled in the glittery jumpsuit style, he far more wisely followed the jazz musician’s technique of looking like he just left a rather nice party.

Even at his youth filled commercial peak in the 1970s and 80s, Ferry, resplendent in fine suits, was comeback ready and prepared for nostalgia.

With this foresight, Ferry, now incredibly in his 8th decade of life, still looks like he has for the past four of those said decades. This persona resilience helped to alleviate the crushing yet fatalistic audience in trepidation of a comeback tour with his performance at the ICC in Sydney recently.

Bricks and Bottles went along and investigated how the singer is holding up.