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  • Summary: The latest release for the Roxy Music frontman features jazz-influenced songs inspired by his recent work on the Sky Atlantic/Netflix series Babylon Berlin.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. Nov 30, 2018
    90
    Bitter-Sweet is as inventive and mod as anything in his catalog.
  2. 80
    The result should be something that feels rooted in nostalgia, but in fact these songs sound and feel as modern and innovative as they did when first released decades ago.
  3. Nov 30, 2018
    80
    All in, this is quite a cathartic affair, as Ferry weaves in and out of his enviable back catalogue with vim and vigour and with dashes of melancholy and darkness. Symphonic, cinematic and touching.
  4. Dec 4, 2018
    80
    Overall, the album--filled with as much theatrical swagger as great music--is much more than just a remake as Ferry’s baritone vocals and inventive arrangements make for an album that invokes a lot more than nostalgia; with the ability to attract new fans as well as hold the old.
  5. Dec 7, 2018
    80
    As arranged by Good and Ferry, these are all wry and romantic productions that evoke the smoky ambiance of Babylon Berlin's Weimar Republic-era setting. Elsewhere, Ferry transforms the new wave sophistication of "While My Heart Is Still Beating" off 1982's Avalon into a slinky, half-lidded crawl, and similarly mutates the pop exotica of his 1985 title track "Boys and Girls" into a slow-burn flamenco fever dream.
  6. Uncut
    Nov 30, 2018
    70
    For all its old-time vibes, a typically inspired record from Ferry. [Jan 2019, p.21]
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