Q - 2/00, pp.99-1004 stars out of 5
- "...having been stylistically frozen by high concept soul....[it] lends Ferry's work a timeless quality....BOYS & GIRLS is essentially a sister album to Roxy Music's sublime swansong [AVALON]..."
All tracks have been digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
Personnel: Bryan Ferry (vocals, harmonica, piano); Bryan Ferry; Alfa Anderson Barfield (vocals); Alan Spenner, Mark Knopfler, Neil Hubbard (guitar); Omar Hakim (drums); Chester Kamen, Anne Stephenson, David Gilmore, David Sanborn, Ednah Holt, Fonzi Thornton, Guy Fletcher , Alfa Anderson, Marcus Miller, Martin McCarrick, Neil Jason, Nile Rodgers, Andy Newmark, Ruby Turner, Tony Levin , Keith Scott, Jimmy Maelen, John Carin, Michelle Cobbs, Yannick Etienne, Colleen Fitz Charles, Virginia Hewes.
Audio Mixer: Bob Clearmountain.
Audio Remasterers: Robert C. Ludwig; Bob Ludwig.
Recording information: AIR Studios; Compass Point; Effanel; RPM; Sarm west; The White House.
Photographer: Antony Price.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Rhett Davies; Mark Knopfler; Bryan Ferry; Tony Levin ; Nile Rodgers; Marcus Miller; David Sanborn; Alfa Anderson; Michelle Cobbs; Guy Fletcher ; Omar Hakim; Ednah Holt; Neil Hubbard; Neil Jason; Chester Kamen; Jimmy Maelen; Martin McCarrick; Ruby Turner; Andy Newmark; Alan Spenner; Anne Stephenson; Fonzi Thornton; David Gilmour; Lisa Fitz-Charles; Lisa Fiz Charles; Virginia Hewes; Simone Fitz Charles; Jon Carin.
Ferry's first solo effort since the second breakup of Roxy Music is arguably his best, in part because it continues in the direction the band had been going. It's like AVALON, only more so.
Here, Ferry's lounge lizard affectations are writ large; the lyrical pose is all bruised romantic fatalism (say hello, "Slave to Love"), and the music fits it like a glove. The album's soundscapes are lush and echo-laden, and nearly every track has a discreet disco pulse; "Valentine," the one exception, is mid-tempo reggae. Overlaid with skittish percussion and guitars, BOYS AND GIRLS is the aural equivalent of a white dinner jacket and a half-empty bottle of champagne.