Ferry's first release in three years shows the sometime-Roxy Music vocalist in top form. It also shows him collaborating with the likes of Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, Dave Stewart (who co-wrote sever

Ferry's first release in three years shows the sometime-Roxy Music vocalist in top form. It also shows him collaborating with the likes of Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, Dave Stewart (who co-wrote several tunes), and longtime cohort Brian Eno. The result is a frisky set that rocks with more excitement than Ferry has exhibited in years. Perhaps most striking is the lean, live feel of such cuts as the rumbling, concert-ready "Cruel" and the skittling first single, the Marilyn Monroe-inspired "Goddess of Love." Of course, Ferry also offers the ambient-pop that's become his signature in the form of the richly textured "Hiroshima" and "San Simeon." The set's twist is the quirky selection of cover tunes: Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice" and "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (featuring Ferry on harmonica), and a Cajun-inflected take on Leadbelly's "Goodnight Irene." It all adds up to a fine recording that will give grown-up listeners a reason to smile.—LF