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With the aid of guest vocalist Bryan Ferry, Groove Armada looks to the past and the future in "Shameless."
With the aid of guest vocalist Bryan Ferry, Groove Armada looks to the past and the future in "Shameless." courtesy of the artist
- Song: "Shameless"
- Artist: Groove Armada
- CD: Black Light
- Genre: Dance
After 10 years of eclectic dance-floor staples, Groove Armada (producers Andy Cato and Tom Findlay) has turned inward for Black Light, an album informed by '80s electro and imbued with middle-aged melancholy. "Shameless," with a guest vocal by Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry, encapsulates Black Light's wistful vibe with a mixture of sleek synths, sinuous guitar and exquisitely dissipated vocals. Ferry's singing floats over the spare, stealthily danceable arrangement like a plume of smoke from a clove cigarette.
Occasionally, a wordless vocal penetrates the mix as if the recording session of The Eurythmics' "Here Comes the Rain Again" were bleeding through the walls. Ferry sums up his present life in a few economical lines: "And the days go on / Morning, noon and night / Permanently wired / to the simple life." But it's all about better days in the end, as Ferry rasps the chorus before the song fades: "And the way we were / faithfully entwined / in a shameless world / rock 'n' roll desire." It may be "September Song" by way of The Breakfast Club, but it's no less moving for its more contemporary atmosphere.