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  • Audio CD (15 Sept. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: ISO/Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000ALE3Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,748 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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DAVID BOWIE Reality (2003 UK limited edition 2-CD album set comprising the 11-track album featuring the singles Never Get Old & New Killer Star plus the Bonus CD including 3 rare & previously unreleased recordings. Housed in a fold-out digipak picture sleeve complete with lyric booklet)

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Youth, as the old adage goes, is wasted on the young, although surely Reality highlights the ambiguously chameleonic and now comfortably middle-aged David Bowie as an honourable exception to the rule, a man whose soul and creative metre endures to pursue eternal youth within the accelerating self-awareness of his own mortality. Times were when he'd never get away with it.

In recent years Bowie has had a frustrating tendency to handle his own past with varying degrees of bemusement--whether to suffer it, stroke it, spit on it or merely borrow from it (some of Reality's best tracks, the quasi-political "Fall Dog Bomb the Moon" and the electronic punk of "New Killer Star", both shadow his past while exploring the neurosis of our post-9/11 world) while, in a manner most unbecoming of one of rock's most eminent pace-makers, he's chased juvenescent pop fads like some Botox-injecting fashionista. However, Reality, much like its immediate predecessor, the highly-regarded Heathen (Tony Visconti remains at the production helm), finds Bowie reacclimatising to his muse and his life--both as an Englishman in New York and as a doomed rider on the proverbial storm of existence--just beautifully. There are home truths and cognitive mirror gazes on the title track, a sleazy roughed-up diamond with Johnny Rotten-ish cackles and squawky guitars on which he casts a conciliatory glance towards his previous rock & roll personae and despairs at how he "hid amongst the junk of wretched highs" whereas the equally excellent and morbidly cheery "Never Get Old" (musically, imagine a more flippantly sing-along "Sound and Vision") is as comically fatalistic as a two-fingered salute from a retirement home window.

Despite cracking a wicked smile on a rampant strut through Jonathan Richman's "Pablo Picasso", Reality favours brooding philosophising over light-hearted chuckles--see "Looking for Water", the dramatic grand piano and images of dislocated metropolitan topography on the 'Loneliest Guy" and the sullen dying breath of "Bring Me the Disco King"--but Bowie admits to being just like the rest of us in not having the answers. Still, Reality consolidates Bowie's artistic rehabilitation and ranks as another fine album from a man still willing to ask questions of himself. --Kevin Maidment

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By A Customer on 25 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
When you listen to 'Reality' in a concentrated way, you start to hear some of its truly inspired touches. It's full of good, enjoyable tracks, but within those tracks can be found a playful experimenting that makes you go back and play them again - just to make sure you haven't missed anything the first time. And it's this quality that makes 'Reality' such a marvellous album - it's got longevity, and won't travel to the bottom of people's CD racks for quite some time.
A complete contrast to 'Heathen', occupying a different imaginative space entirely, this is a textured and tantilizing, immensely varied album. Pretty much what you expect from David Bowie.
And it makes you want to dance.
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Each and every new Bowie album since 1995's 1: Outside has been touted as Bowie's best since Scary Monsters. This once again is true of Bowie's new release Reality, but it should really be taken on its own merits. Reality is a very strong piece of work, building on the success of 2002's highly successful Heathen. Some elements are similar to Heathen, the result of Bowies excellent live band, but this album is on the whole much more forceful and direct. This is Bowie at his confident best, he knows he's got it, all of it, and so the sound is relaxed and confident. Tunes such as Reality and Never Get Old are noticeably written to be played live and rock in the manner of the glam glitterburst, Hallo Spaceboy. At other moments, the album is reminicent of Young Americans, with "She'll Drive the Big Car" and the slow ballad "Days" is simply beautiful. The Album is opened strongly by New Killer Star, and the closing track, "Bring me the Disco King" a number which bowie has allegedly been toying with for years is packed with wistful emotion. The Special Edition also comes with An excellent near instrumental, "Queen of all the Tarts" and a recent version of Rebel Rebel. An excellent album, showing Bowie at his strongest and most creative for years, certainly the strongest for a decade, and in its own right, a great piece of work and one of Bowie's best so far.
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This is the third edition of Reality in two months. The news are that in this one you have a dvd with a life performance of the Reality songs (not the classic ones he sang in that concert) and the great cover of Kinks classic Waterloo Sunset (the same bonus track you can find in the japanesse edition).
For me, the best songs are New Killer Star (buy the dvd single), Reality, Never Get Old, Pablo Picasso, Fall Dog Bombs The Moon and Bring Me The Disco King (maybe the Underworld Soundtrack version is even better).
P.S.: The song in the french advert was Never Get Old, and not Lookin For Water. You can watch the advert in [...]
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By Samuel TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Sept. 2003
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Every album Bowie has ever made has had high points. Even critically slated albums such as Tonight had its good moments (Blue Jean, for example), as did Tin Machine - their version of Maggie's Farm was, to my mind, one of his best ever tracks. Recent albums (and by recent, I mean the last 10 years' worth) have been, although better than most other bands around, still patchy in places. From Black Tie White Noise through to Heathen, they have all been generally good, but with a few poor songs to balance out the brilliant.
This is not the case with Reality, however. From the moment that 'New Killer Star' beings with it's classic Bowie sound reminiscent in places of Rebel Rebel and Jean Genie, through the spanish guitar laden insanity that is Pablo Picasso and onwards, there is not a bad moment to be heard. Throughout the 90s, sometimes it seemed that Bowie was trying just too hard to be trendy, hip and different. But the good work on Heathen has been continued, and to my mind this IS his best album in certainly 20 years, perhaps longer. It's certainly the one that has impressed me most after just two or three listens - probably more so than anything since Heroes.
This album deserves to be heard, and it deserves to be loved. If there's any justice, it will outsell all the TV manufactured rubbish in the charts, and give Bowie the incentive to carry on making music this good for another 35 years.
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Following hot on the heels of Heathen, Reality demonstrates that Bowie is on a musical role. Reality is nothing like Heathen; it is less pop music and more a mixture of hard rock and brooding mood music. There is no doubt that Bowie remains an enormous influence on modern music with this album. He sounds energetic, enthusiastic and innovative.
New Killer Star starts off the album with a stream of power chords, Pablo Picasso is bizarre and clever and tracks like Looking for Water demonstrate that he is 56 going on 26.
I am amazed how great this album is. If some of today's young hopefuls could write and produce something a tenth as good as this then music would be going through a boom time. Sadly it isn't and unfortuantely they can't. Bowie remains one of music's finest innovators. Totally recommended. Buy this and smile.
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At first I was quite skeptical about this album, it sounded very generic but after awhile it became one of my favorites with amazing songs like Days and She'll drive the big car. Other excellent ones include New killer star, bring me the disco king, never get old and the title track.
There not a single bad song on here and any Bowie fan should definitely have this.
Great cover aswell.
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