Dracula has risen from the grave! And made an album of remakes! Sort of, anyway. No one captures the alluring sound of a dissipated bloodsucker crooning romantically to his beloved like Bryan Ferry does. Taxi, his return to the record bins after nearly six years, finds the former Roxy Music front man indulging in a favorite pastime — deconstructing and rebuilding rock and pop standards.
This time, he slows down the Hollies’ ”Just One Look” and the Shirelles’ ”Will You Love Me Tomorrow” to funeral-march tempos, transforming their declarations of teen lust into the dying words of a penthouse fop. ”Amazing Grace” is nearly unrecognizable: Singing its redemption lyrics in a voice coated with ennui and setting the song to a percolating Mr. Coffee beat, Ferry reinvents the song as a sardonic confessional. Few of the remakes have the decadent, jaunty verve of his covers albums of the ’70s. But that’s okay, since Ferry appears to be aiming for something else: beautifully eerie mood music for the lovesick vampire in us all. B