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Album Review

The most blatantly, and brilliantly, portentous of Marc Bolan's albums since the transitional blurring of boundaries that was Beard of Stars, almost seven years before, Futuristic Dragon opens on a wave of unrelenting feedback, guitars, and bombast, setting an apocalyptic mood for the record which persists long after that brief (two minutes) overture is over. Indeed, even the quintessential bop of the succeeding "Jupiter Liar" is irrevocably flavored by what came before, dirty guitars churning beneath a classic Bolan melody, and the lyrics a spiteful masterpiece. But if the other tunes pursue Bolan's new-found fascination for pomp over pop with barely disguised glee, he wasn't above slipping the odd joke into the brew to remind us that he knew what he was doing. "Theme for a Dragon" is an all-but Wagnerian symphonic instrumental — with the sound of screaming teenyboppers as its backdrop, with the punchline lurking further afield, among the handful of obvious hits which he also stirred in. The first of these, the big-budget ballad "Dreamy Lady," scored even before the rest of the album was complete. It was followed by the idiotically contagious "New York City," a piece of pure pop nonsense genius which effortlessly returned him to the British Top 20. And when he followed that up with the rhythm and punk swagger of "I Love to Boogie," few people would deny that Bolan was on the way back up.

Customer Reviews

Bolan Boogies On

Futuristic Dragon was a suprise album for the fans back in ' 76. Bolan was like that. Full of twists and turns. You had the hippy/folk of Tyrannosaurus Rex, the sensual Electric Warrior period, the glam rock Slider/Tanx era, the Interstellar Soul of Zinc Alloy/Zip Gun and the camp/pop of Futuristic Dragon. Bolan knew how to confuse. Written off by everyone, Bolan had re-invented himself again. This is a good upbeat album and worth investigating. You will never hear songs like this. Unique.

futuristic dragon

excellent 70s album - bolan gave fans a new era everytime he released a new record - taken from us too early A TRUE ICON




Formed: 1967

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

The most iconic band of the U.K. glam rock scene of the '70s, T. Rex were the creation of Marc Bolan, who started out as a cheerfully addled acolyte of psychedelia and folk-rock until he turned to swaggering rock & roll with boogie rhythm and a tricked-up fashion sense. For a couple years, T. Rex were the biggest band in England and a potent cult item in the United States. If their stardom didn't last, their influence did, and T. Rex's dirty but playful attitude and Bolan's sense of style and rock...
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