Quite simply, this album is a masterpeice, and it's easy to see why it launched Bowie into the mainstream. Conventional enough to listen to anytime, anywhere, while still having the ability to provoke the listener. It mixes a rough concept with beautifully crafted rock songs that talk of intergallatic rock stars and the end of the world. Each song is a brillient slice of perfect pop/rock that appeals to both young and old, working both as light entertainment, and on a deeper level if the listener so chooses.
The album gets off to a flying start with the slow fading in of the drums on "Five Years". The song speaks of the end of the world, and how the narrator is trying to experience as much of the world as he can before it ends in five years time. "Soul Love" is a smooth, soft groove that is suddenly interupted by the epic that is "Moonage Daydream". "Starman" is a nice almost child like ditty which you'll be singing all day long. "It Ain't Easy" is weird and waky, but non the less charming. "Lady Stardust" is just a brillient song (allegadly about Marc Bolan!?!). "Star" talks of the trials and tribulations of numerous humans trying to make it big. "Hang On To Yourself" is the punkiest song ever, strangly 6 years before it even existed (typical Bowie). "Ziggy Stardust" is a brillient guitar song, that leads onto the rip roaring "Sufferagette City". The last song on the album is one of the classic album endings. "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide" moves effortlessly from acoustic guitar into an uplifting shout along at the end.
"The Rise and Fall..." is good from start to finish. i only give it 5 stars cause it won't allow me to put 6. buy it! buy! it! buy it! buy it! buy it!!!!!!!!