Mamouna - At the height of my Roxy Music obsession, I stopped picking up Bryan Ferry solo albums with 1978's The Bride Stripped Bare. I do enjoy/appreciate the reconvened Roxy's "slick" comeback, and I felt it was a logical move for Ferry as he entered his 30s, as this was a style he could continue with indefinitely, a sultry crooner, as opposed to trying to be a sexy glam rocker in his 50s, etc. All of that aside, the few songs I had heard from his 80s solo work, in particular Slave to Love, was just glossy, contrived, end credits fodder that at the time, still in my 20s, I had no use for. It hasn't been until more recent years, starting to fully appreciate bands like Prefab Sprout, Spandau Ballet, and Sade, that I began exploring more "sophisti-pop" outings like Bete Noire, etc. With that said, I had never gotten around to Mamouna until today. Overall, this album is "really good" in the sense that the songs are very well put together with, as @brew ziggins pointed out, some great instrumental interplay, particularly those single note guitar runs and the lush keys. Plus, Ferry sounds great. To the former, it's a great mood setter, and completely pleasant to listen to as background during a party/conversation or driving late at night with other things on your mind, as it does not demand or distract in any way. But that's not what it's intended for, so that rather makes it a fail. And the only reason the instrumental interplay pops out is because I'm taking the time to actually give these songs a proper listen in the first place. What that means is that this an album that doesn't beg to be listened to but is listened to more out of obligation if one is a big Bryan Ferry fan...and the outcome isn't unpleasant, just unmemorable. As @Jamsterdammer said, dressing up a turd is still a turd...and while I won't go quite that for, there's certainly very little that makes me want to play this again as opposed to anything Roxy Music or his first two solo albums. As for Eno's part in this...I can't say I hear it. Even in the song with the writing credit. He's not doing anything innovative or special, he's not even doing his Eno thing, he's just a member of the band. I'm sure it was great fun, and a paycheck, but that's it.