Philip Glass is somewhat controversial as a composer. He produces much music that inspires both criticism and praise in more or less equal measures. This recording is Glass' second collaboration with Bowie and the king of ambient music Brian Eno.
It's an intriguing album not least because the music is inspired by, rather than the re-working of Bowie's original composition. As a style, it is minimalist, possibly utilitarian and at times repetitive. I find that it's an album I keep coming back to for some reason. I find the music intriguing and slightly challenging, albeit less so than some of Glass' other works. As a piece I would compare it to a Le Corbusier building, stark, slightly disturbing but fascinating for it's possibilities.
It's not an accessible album, and not something you would put on in the car. What I do find is if I sit down reading a book with this on, I gradually concentrate less on the book and get drawn into the music instead.
My one criticism is that it is, at times, slightly repetitive without actually going anywhere, hence, 4 stars instead of 5.