Following a summer of live engagements Bryan Ferry recently returned
to the studio, focussing on the same jazz influences that underpinned
his successful album 'The Jazz Age'.
Unlike that instrumental affair, however, new record 'Bitter-Sweet'
contains vocals, and is prompted by the songwriter's work on the Sky
Atlantic/Netflix series Babylon Berlin.
Re-working some Roxy Music and solo classics, it aims to capture the
freshness, the sheer modernity of 1920s jazz and the birth of popular
Princeton University musicologist Simon Morrison pens notes for the record, commenting:
"'Bitter-Sweet' accomplishes what the modernists of the past, in
their youthful enthusiasm, could not. Ferry’s music embraces the
artifice of art as well as the artlessness of emotion so that the 'sad
affair' described at the start leads you to “break down and cry” by the
end. Thus we are transported to the Berlin of the Tacheles club and the
Chamäleon, to the zeitgeist of that jazz-friendly metropolis in the
young 20th century - the hedonistic world of Babylon Berlin."