Ira Robbins
November 16, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

Heart Still Beating

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Reprise Records
genre
Rock

We gave it an B

Roxy Music hasn’t been around for seven years, so the belated release of the 1982 French concert recording Heart Still Beating (the same tour documented on The High Road video and mini-album) seems like an odd after-thought. But this handsome showcase for the enormously influential art-rock group’s final, more conservative years finds the once-exotic outfit on its best behavior, supported by a cast of hired hands. Except for the manic rendition of one Roxie oldie and guitarist Phil Manzanera’s careening solos, this prelude to singer Bryan Ferry’s suave ’80s solo work has little in common with the band’s old radicalism. B

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