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'Shameless' by Groove Armada

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Groove Armada: Better Days In The End

Groove Armada: Better Days In The End

'Shameless' by Groove Armada

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With the aid of guest vocalist Bryan Ferry, Groove Armada looks to the past and the future in "Shameless." courtesy of the artist hide caption

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With the aid of guest vocalist Bryan Ferry, Groove Armada looks to the past and the future in "Shameless."

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Thursday's Pick

  • 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.

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Album
Black Light
Artist
Groove Armada
Label
OM Records
Released
2010

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