Mamouna is an album by British singer Bryan Ferry, released on Virgin Records in September 1994. He spent six years writing the album and perfecting it. The album name refers to a city in Morocco called Mamouna and means 'safe' in arabic.
The first Ferry and Roxy collection to include Bryan's most recent work alongside such group and solo masterpieces as Virginia Plain; Street Life; Love Is the Drug; Avalon; More Than This; A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall; Both Ends Burning; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes; Angel Eyes; Over You; The Same Old Scene; Let's Stick Together (Let's Work Together); Sign of the Times, and more. 45 tracks from the most debonair (and complex) singer in rock.
Hooking up with regular Madonna collaborator Patrick Leonard as the co-producer of this album proved to be just the trick for Ferry. Bete Noire sparkles as the highlight of Ferry's post-Roxy solo career, adding enough energy to make it more than Boys and Girls part two. Here, his trademark well-polished heartache strikes a fine balance between mysterious moodiness and dancefloor energy, and Leonard adds more than a few tricks that keep the pep up. Five out of the nine songs are Ferry/Leonard collaborations; all succeed, from "Limbo"'s opening punch and flow to the cinematic (and unsurprisingly French-tinged) feeling of the title track. The atmospheric, almost chilling "Zamba"'s minimal, buried drums, soft synths and doomy piano, make it the best of that bunch. Ferry's best moment here is all his own, though – the great single "Kiss and Tell," with a steady, bold bassline leading the way for his slightly dissolute portrayal of mating rituals and all they entail. Like Boys and Girls, the album's supporting cast mixes a lengthy list of session pros with a few guest stars.
While his tenure as the frontman for the legendary Roxy Music remained his towering achievement, singer Bryan Ferry also carved out a successful solo career that continued in the lush, sophisticated manner perfected on the group's final records.