"After years of being a Roxy fan and never being able to find a copy of this album, I finally purchased it on vinyl. I love it. It puzzles me how every critic basically says its a cow patty. If you are like me and have read many reviews calling it their disco album (whatever that means..seriously, listen to it) stop reading and listen...it is definately not the throw away they say it is."
Good transitional album
Jim Richmond | 03/10/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album very nicely has one foot in the older catalog (first five studio albums), and one in the latter period (Flesh+Blood, Avalon). It also still has many of the original band members (Ferry, Manzanera, Mackay, Thompson) to continue the creative and cool sound that is destinctive of the band.
I'd even argue that this is more enjoyable than the preceeding album Siren (which sounds a bit like the band is going through the motions and is a bit uninspired). Manifesto sounds a band ready to try some new things, but not necessarily out of scope or character for the band.
The title track itself is a strange rambling piece that seems to stalk the countryside. Trash is a personal favorite; uptempo and fun, and reminiscent of the very early days of Roxy. Angel Eyes is strong funky song that kind of punches it's way along. Still Falls the Rain is in the classic Roxy Music vein. Other notable tracks are Dance Away (gorgeous song), and the quieter Spin Me Round.
Very nicely done. Good balance. Still creative and origin enough to have a slightly weird edge, but also new and modern enough to be enjoyable by the many. "
Halfway better than you thought
paolibulldog | Kenner, LA USA | 05/29/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This album completes Bryan Ferry's rejection of the experimental attack that Brian Eno brought to Roxy Music, and I hated the album when I first listened. But over time, it has grown on me, at least the first (east) side -- if you disregard "Trash."
As if admitting defeat, Roxy Music remixed, remade and remodeled the first three tracks on side one, with results that probably infuriated new-wave loyalists and intrigued the late-coming disco generation. The second side is mostly forgettable, although Perry Como fans may find "Dance Away" vaguely appealing.
Some people have classified "Manifesto" as their favorite Roxy release. More power to you, even if you're wrong. But if this album spurs anybody to explore the earlier Roxy albums, then it has served its purpose."
Out of the Blue
Mr. Richard D. Coreno | Berea, Ohio USA | 10/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After four years on the sidelines, Roxy Music was greeted with a new musical landscape that was clawing at the fabric of pop culture; in one corner was disco and in the other was punk rock. And Bryan Ferry tackled the lost generation of beautiful people in clubland with an artistic intelligence that leaned heavily on dance grooves in this March 1979 release.
Peaking at #23 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, the intriguing title track leads into the first single - the powerful, but brief - Trash. Dance Away and Angel Eyes - the second and third singles, respectively - delve deeply into the quest for true love, though the blues can get lost in the rhythms. Ain't That So, Stronger Through the Years and Still Falls the Rain are biting cuts for the flickering lights that signal last call on a very early Sunday morning. Spin Me Round, My Little Girl and Cry, Cry Cry capture the brakes being applied to the wild roller coaster ride of the party that was never going to end.
The nucleus of Ferry (vocals, keyboards), Andy Mackay (sax, oboe), Phil Manzanera (guitars) and Paul Thompson (drums) is supplemented by Alan Spenner and Gary Tibbs (bass), Paul Carrack (keyboards), Richard Tee (piano) and Rick Marotta (drums). Greeted with mixed reviews by critics and fans - the U.S. leg of the Manifesto Tour had tepid ticket sales in a number of venues - it remains an underrated gem in the incredible discography of one of the most influential groups from the 1970s."