Whenever a new Bowie album is released it seems people are more than happy to brand it as his best album since Scary Monsters!, however with 'Outside', I feel it is fully deserving of such praise.
'Outside' did originally recieve good reviews from the American critics, but failed to cause much more than a ripple of excitement over here in 'Old Blighty'. Now it seems much has changed and at last the British press seem to be giving it the praise it deserves.
From the opening track the album sets a incredible mood with it's brilliant production, dark textures and haunting musical landscapes and this incredible mood continues throughout. What really makes this album so enjoyable is that it contains some of Bowie's best music, the title track, 'I have not been to Oxford Town','Thru these architects eyes' and 'Hallo Spaceboy' are the more immediate melodic songs and easily excite. 'The Motel' is one of the best tracks and with Mike Garson's piano it remains the albums most haunting moment. All the musicians are more than fantastic but it is Mike Garson who dominates this album with his highly distinctive piano playing, it really helps drive the music along at a frantic pace, especially on tracks like 'I'm Deranged' which still after 9 years remains one of my most favourite Bowie tracks of all time. It all ends on a lighter moment, 'Strangers when we Meet' which is similar in style and construction as earlier Bowie hits like 'Heroes' and 'Teenage Wildlife'. As I say this is probably the darkest album Bowie will ever make and it is a must to any Bowie fan or any curious rock fan.