I've owned this album since it came out (in fact I only have it on vinyl!). As I write this I'm trying to listen to it again. In previous years I've got about as far as the end of the first side (Zeroes) and given up. Listening to it again now after not hearing it for several years, well it still doesn't quite grab me but I've managed to turn it over and venture into Side 2. It sounds like the soundtrack to an 80s movie, imagine Top Gun but with a gay submariner at the heart of the storyline. Hollywood, if you read this I'll write the screenplay. The sound track is already sorted!
I saw Bowie perform the Glass Spider Tour concert at Cardiff Arms Park, and it was pretty obvious then the majority of the audience was there for the classics. The Glass Spider concept, with its naive and clumsy Future Legend-style spoken prose at the start of that track seems a ridiculous attempt to recycle the brilliance of Diamond Dogs. Bowie has a habit of regurgitating old ideas and sometimes it works, not on this occasion though.
If you like 80s pop, Kids from Fame, leg warmers, plastic jewellery, speed boats and linen suits, you'll enjoy this enormously. Personally I think Bowie was slightly wrong-footed by what other bands and artists were doing around him at this time and was left treading water until he could come up with something better.
Oh please, someone tell Carlos Alomar to stop noodling all over the songs!! I've almost made it to the end of the album, but I'll never get that time back...
Signed, a massive Bowie fan