Taxi (Bryan Ferry album)

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Taxi
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Studio album by
Released13 April 1993
Recorded1988–1993
StudioMatrix Studios, London
Genre
Length39:09
Label
Producer
Bryan Ferry chronology
Bête Noire
(1987)
Taxi
(1993)
Mamouna
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [2]
Robert Christgau Rating-Christgau-neither.png [3]
Entertainment Weekly B [4]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [5]

Taxi is the eighth solo studio album by Bryan Ferry, the former lead vocalist for Roxy Music. The album was released on Virgin Records in April 1993, over five years after the late 1987 release of his previous album Bête Noire . [6] This was Ferry's third solo album since the second demise of Roxy Music in 1983, ten years earlier. The album was a commercial and critical success, peaking at No. 2 in the U.K., it was certified Gold by the BPI.

Contents

The first single, "I Put a Spell on You" was the album's only top 20 hit in the U.K., peaking at No. 18. The second single, "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" narrowly missed the U.K. top 20, peaking at No. 23. The third and final single, "Girl Of My Best Friend" peaked at 57. [7] [8]

Production and recording

Taxi is a cover album (the closing “Because You’re Mine” is an original). When Ferry was asked about the album, he said "Since I started work on the Taxi album, everything has gone great for me. The last two years have been terrific, but I had three or four miserable years. Doing the Taxi album was the start of getting things right. Just getting something done quickly and efficiently was very gratifying. Finishing something I liked and getting back into singing again, getting away from my own writing temporarily was a good thing." [9]

Critical reception

Reviewing for AllMusic, critic Ned Raggett wrote of the album: "Taxi shows a mature Bryan Ferry, suave and controlled, very much in line with his general career from 1979 on ... Ferry's treated vocals, made to sound weirdly flat and compressed, heightens the curious mood." [1] Reviewing for Entertainment Weekly , critic David Browne wrote of the album: "Few of the remakes have the decadent, jaunty verve of his covers albums of the '70s. But that's okay, since Ferry appears to be aiming for something else: beautifully eerie mood music for the lovesick vampire in us all." [10] Rob Sheffield wrote in his three-star review of the album that "Taxi is a consistently inspired set that ranges from 'Amazing Grace' to 'All Tomorrow's Parties.'" [11]

Track listing

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I Put a Spell on You" Screamin' Jay Hawkins 5:27
2."Will You Love Me Tomorrow"4:18
3."Answer Me"2:47
4."Just One Look"
3:33
5."Rescue Me"
3:40
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."All Tomorrow's Parties" Lou Reed 5:31
7."Girl of My Best Friend"
3:26
8."Amazing Grace" John Newton 4:01
9."Taxi"
5:30
10."Because You're Mine" Bryan Ferry 1:44
Total length:39:09
Japanese CD Bonus Track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Are You Lonesome Tonight"5:08

Personnel

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes. [12]

Additional musicians
Technical

Charts

Album

Chart (1993)Peak
position
Australian (ARIA Charts) [13] 26
UK Albums Chart 2
US Billboard 200 79

Singles

YearSingleChartPeak
Position
1993"I Put a Spell On You" UK Singles Chart 18 [14]
1993"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"UK Singles Chart23 [15]

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