I would strongly urge you to disregard the other reviews of this album, which you will probably find a little pretentious. As the plot of 1984 is not followed with any detail, I think we can conclude that Bowie's intent was not simply to re-tell a story. It seems more likely that his wish was to capture moods & feelings from certain pivotal moments, and in this respect, I find the album to be a triumph. The musical & lyrical strands blend beautifully, particularly in Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise), We are the dead & Rock 'n' roll with me. Lyrically, I think this represents the summit of his acheivements. There is real poetry here, and I do not use the term lightly. In addition, the digital remastering has improved the sound quality, so in every respect this is a joy to listen to, even after a quarter of a century.