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The Buddha Of Suburbia Soundtrack

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  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: EMI Records
  • ASIN: B000UG4LYU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,925 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

The Buddha Of Suburbia, in many respects, is David Bowie's most important album of the 90s. Not the best (that is still Earthling), but this is the one that shook Bowie out of the simply trying too hard after simply not trying hard enough a decade previously.

It's rough, and has an air of the deliberately unfinished about it. Had it not been linked with Hanif Kureishi's exemplary dramatisation of his book and Bowie called it something like Strangers, it would have been retrospectively given a great deal more air and talked about being the belated follow-up to Low and 'Heroes'. Because the pressure was to an extent, off, it left Bowie free to score a soundtrack, pay homage to himself and his roots while rifling through various stages of his career.

Working in partnership with Erdal Kizilcay with David Richards engineering and programming, Bowie returned to strange, alien landscapes. The supper jazz of "South Horizon" - complete with Mike Garson's customary overwrought tinkling; the great Bowie pop of "Strangers When We Meet" (the interpretation on 1:Outside may be better, but this is still touching) and the two versions of the title track; one tender and the other triumphant with Lenny Kravitz doing his best Stevie Ray Vaughn.

What Buddha Of Suburbia did do was rouse Bowie from his slumber: in the next decade he would reclaim his art-rock crown and he now lives in fully venerated semi-retirement, something that may not have happened had this not come out quickly after the big budget confusion of Black Tie White Noise. Enjoy it now in this lovely remaster. --Daryl Easlea

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Winslow Alan on 21 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Buddah is the Bowie album that got away. promoted purely as a soundtrack album when it was first released only die-hard Bowie fans went for it. This album has some of the best songs he has ever written and to this day ranks in my top 5 all time Bowie albums. Give it a listen just once and your hooked!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 16 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Even though I'm a huge David Bowie fan and have a fairly large knowledge of his music, the reviews below me are of such a high standard that I feel I maybe punching above my weight, but I'll give it my best shot anyway. Here goes:-

This is a very experimental rhythmic multi-layered album that sounds all the better for being digitally remastered. The various styles of music on this take in everything from Jazz, Rock, Techno and Ambient (including instrumentals). There are some great tracks featured here that include: 'Bleed Like A Craze Dad' which has an Underworld quality about it, as does the rhythmically hypnotic 'S*x And The Church'. Also worth mentioning is 'Dead Against It' and possibly my favourite - the Ambient ballad 'Untitled No 1' that will just make you melt. The only dead wood on this album in my opinion is 'Ian Fish Uk Heir' and a second version of 'Buddha Of Suburbia' which although is very good isn't strictly necessary, as it's practically the same as the original - as stated by another reviewer.

Finally, let's clear this up once and for all, this is a 100% bonafide Bowie studio album that happens to be a 10% soundtrack as well - in as much as the title track only. So please buy this underrated little gem this time round as it deserves to be discovered.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Martin Chick on 22 Dec. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Why this has not been re-released is a mystery to me. The fact that you can buy some pretty dodgy Bowie material and not get hold of this, one of his best and most interesting albums, requires some explaining by the men in suits.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Deeks on 25 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I became a hardcore Bowie fan as a teenager in the early 90s, when the vintage-years reissues started to come through. Whilst his archive gave up more and more wonder, his new material at the time was a little weak - Tin Machine, Real Cool World and the album Black Tie White Noise (nothwithstanding the excellent single Jump They Say). And then The Buddha of Suburbia started on TV and the theme tune blew me away - a Bowie song worthy to stand alongside anything from Scary Monsters.

The eventual album did not disappoint. Only the chart placing did. No one seemed to pay attention to this excellent set of songs. Bowie's voice was richly aged by now, at once world-weary and twinkling, and etched with experience. Always adept at self-referencing, the title track contains cheeky nods to Space Oddity and All The Madmen without breaking outside of its own world. Bleed Like A Craze Dad sounds like it was written in the old cut-up style, and has a riff reminiscent of Red Money from Lodger (itself a lift from the Iggy Pop co-write, Sister Midnight). Dead Against It is a relative of What in the World from Low, whilst on Untitled Number 1 Bowie sings like Marc Bolan. The Mysteries and Ian Fish, UK Heir are akin to Eno's ambient music. These backwards nods suit the show it was inspired by, and not once does it feel like a simple rehash of past glories. Sex and the Church might use outdated vocoders but it doesn't feel old, whilst South Horizon begins with a spacious jazz workout before a robotic buzz heralds in a skipping drum loop.

Bowie obviously felt a freedom of songwriting he'd not felt for a good long time, perhaps helped by the fact this was a soundtrack album and as such wasn't going to be viewed as part of his canon.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Herriott on 12 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's not really important (though interesting) that this album started life as a soundtrack.

What you find when you spin this disc is that it's a very, very satisfying album which is located at a large remove from David Bowie's other work but is not unrelated. Several of the tracks are largely instrumental. Bowie's lovely vocals seem more like another layer of musical information rather than having any particular literal meaning. Pianist Mike Garson makes a simply electric contribution on a track called "South Horizons." It might be the best bit of jazz ever performed by a non-jazz musician (older readers will remember Garson from Bowie`s 70s period.) The tension of his playing is astonishing and recalls something of Lalo Schifrin's controlled force. Multi-instrumentalist Erdal Kizilcay (who worked on "Never Let Me Down" amongst other albums) contributed much to this record too and his percussion deserves wider attention.

It really is hard to say quite what this album is. It's not really a soundtrack since the tracks are able stand to alone and are more than musical fragments. You don't need to have read the book or seen the television programme to appreciate it either. It's not really pop, rock or jazz but contains elements of all of these. It's lush, rich and low-key but not soporific. There's a huge amount of life in this album but it won't blow your woofers and tweeters. According to the liner notes,Bowie produced this in about a week or so; the freshness is palpable. The main criticism of the album might be the unnecessary repetition of the title track which starts and closes the album. The difference between the two versions is nugatory. The song "Strangers When We Meet" made a second appearance on the album "Outside" a few year later.
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