Having read a couple of the lower score reviews on here by people who have perhaps naively purchased this album expecting Bowie to be reincarnating Ziggy Stardust, I have felt compelled to point out to anyone who has their doubts about this one, should dispel these straight away. An absolutely terrific body of work, which deserves to judged on its OWN merits, rather than constantly refering back to albums Bowie made some 40 years ago. People have been saying this album 'mirrors' much of his past work, and whilst there are ofcourse some echoes of this, I personally cannot think of any of his albums, which are quite like this one.
The true strength in this album for me, is the pure variety. An interesting placing and arranging of songs and styles contrasting with one another, providing a fascinating and fulfilling listen. That said there certainly are some outstanding songs within this album. The opening title track being one of the most punchy, intentive and driving rock songs to open any of his albums; this followed up with the slightly funk sounding 'Dirty boys'. 'Love is lost', an excellent organ sounding keyboard led piece and 'I'd rather be high' for me also amongst the highlights. In terms of creativity and variation in an album, this one ranks very high, indeed it could be the most creative album in his catalogue to date. Many have often claimed Bowie is perhaps more 'pose' than music, however as Bowie has shown this time - it is only about the music and not the 'persona'.
Throughout this year this album has been played inumerable times, and now just hoping that there will be more albums of simillar excellent quality to this.