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Mamouna is the ninth solo album by the British singer Bryan Ferry, released on Virgin Records in September 1994. It was Ferry's first album of original material in seven years and he spent six years writing and recording it, under the working title Horoscope. The album peaked at number 11 on the UK Albums Chart.

Mamouna
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Studio album by
Released5 September 1994
Recorded1988–1994
GenreSophisti-pop
Length45:04
LabelVirgin
ProducerBryan Ferry, Robin Trower
Bryan Ferry chronology
Taxi
(1993)
Mamouna
(1994)
As Time Goes By
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly(B+)[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]
Stylus MagazineFavorable[4]

The album features contributions from former members of Ferry's band Roxy Music, including Brian Eno who left the band in 1973.[5]

Critical receptionEdit

Reviewing for AllMusic, critic Ned Raggett wrote of the album "There are some songs of note -- "The 39 Steps" has a slightly menacing vibe to it, appropriate given the cinematic reference of the title, while the Ferry/Eno collaboration "Wildcat Days" displays some of Eno's old synth-melting flash. Overall, though, Mamouna is pleasant without being involving."[1]

Track listingEdit

All tracks composed by Bryan Ferry, except where noted.

  1. "Don't Want To Know" – 4:07
  2. "N.Y.C." – 4:10
  3. "Your Painted Smile" – 3:14
  4. "Mamouna" – 5:11
  5. "The Only Face" – 4:40
  6. "The 39 Steps" – 5:01
  7. "Which Way To Turn" – 5:44
  8. "Wildcat Days" (Ferry, Brian Eno) – 4:34
  9. "Gemini Moon" – 3:47
  10. "Chain Reaction" – 5:08
  11. "In Every Dream Home a Heartache" (Live) – 7:34 [Japan only bonus track]
  12. "Bête Noire" (Ferry, Patrick Leonard) (Live) – 4:05 [Japan only bonus track]

PersonnelEdit

Technical

  • Johnson Somerset – assistant producer
  • Sven Taits – engineer
  • Richard T. Norris – additional engineer
  • Bob Clearmountain – mixing
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Bryan Ferry, Nick de Ville – art direction
  • James Ward – painting
  • Steven Cassidy – photography

ChartsEdit

Album

Year Chart Peak
Position
1994 UK Album Charts 11
1994 Billboard 200 94

ReferencesEdit