Today’s Runner is Roxy Music’s 1979 Manifesto. A delicious mardi gras of sound that carousels to a peak, and gradually decays to a quiet intimate conclusion. Anyone who has ever thrown a really big party will relate to the beautifully drunken, melancholy imagery that closes the album.

“Now the ballroom’s empty, everybody I have known, has been and gone. With the music over, here am I, a shadow echo-ing on. Spin me round…”

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