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Mamouna [Bryan Ferry] 
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9
Personnel: Bryan Ferry (vocals, strings, piano, keyboards, synthesizer); David Williams (guitar, background vocals); Phil Manzanera, Neil Hubbard, Chester Kamen, Jeff Thall, Nile Rogers, Robin Trower (guitar); Maceo Parker, Mike Paice, Andy MacKay (alto saxophone); Guy Fletcher (synthesizer); Nathan East, Pino Palladino, Guy Pratt (bass); Steve Ferrone (drums); Luke Cresswell, Luis Jardim, Steve Scales (percussion); Richard T. Norris (programming, loops); Rhett Davies (programming); Carleen Anderson, Jhelisa, Fonzi Thornton, Yannick Etienne, Paul Johnson (background vocals); Brian Eno, Nan Kidwell, Neil Jason.
Recorded at Utopia, Olympic and Master Rock Studios, London, England.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
From his earliest days fronting Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry perfected a coy kind of R&B-based music with a techno-progressive overlay of synthesizers and post-industrial guitar thrash, even as his sly, dry martini vocals and fey lounge lizard poses defined a new style of urban chic.
But with MAMOUNA, Ferry has fashioned an ambiguous, seductive, unsettling soundscape in which the old lounge lizard is now seen as a rootless romantic searching for anything to hang on to, or the nearest exit--but as the menacing "Wildcat Days" suggests, there's "no way out."
Ferry's songs personify longing, denial and spiritual ambivalence, but what makes MAMOUNA so special is its atmospheric mix of guitars and keyboards, its taut, spatial selection of laid back dance grooves. Adding to the power of his funk are a who's who of top rock and R&B musicians, including guitarist Nile Rodgers, James Brown/P-Funk alumni Maceo Parker and ex-Roxy Music collaborators Phil Manzanera, Andy Mackay and Brian Eno. The return of Eno has a profound effect on Ferry's music, as his moody sound processing lends an Oriental ambience to each arrangement, to particular effect on the title tune, with its mystic pan-Arabic airs, and the suave, mysterious "N.Y.C." Ferry makes the most of these hypnotic grooves on the seductive, bluesy "Gemini Moon," the R&B foreplay of "Chain Reaction," and the decadent "Your Painted Smile."
Rolling Stone (12/1/94, p.124) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...quest for control over experience and emotion from which Ferry's unsettling new disc...derives its appeal....dense, richly textured art funk -- reflects his meticulous craftsmanship..."
Entertainment Weekly (9/23/94, p.70) - "...Get into a clinch with your favorite someone and enjoy..." - Rating: B+
Q (2/00, pp.99-100) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...having been stylistically frozen by high concept soul....[it] lends Ferry's work a timeless quality....MAMOUNA toys with elements of world music..."
Q (10/94, p.109) - 3 Stars - Good - "...let's say emphatically then that MAMOUNA is not merely an adroit piece of salvage, it's a good, occasionally excellent album continuing but refining the tenor of sophisticated...rootlessness that has preoccupied Ferry since AVALON..."
Musician (3/95, p.92) - "...Thanks to the participation of one Eno, who's given credit for `atmospherics' and `sonic awareness,' the whole album has a gently hallucinatory quality, as unintelligible bits of conversation chase familiar synth swirls and...are forever ducking in and out of the fog..."
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