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  • Vinyl (1 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B00AYHKOZU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (604 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,664 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Next Day
2. Dirty Boys
3. The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
4. Love Is Lost
5. Where Are We Now?
6. Valentine's Day
7. If You Can See Me
8. I'd Rather Be High
Disc: 2
1. Boss Of Me
2. Dancing Out In Space
3. How Does The Grass Grow?
4. (You Will) Set The World On Fire
5. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
6. Heat
7. So She
8. Plan
9. I'll Take You There

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27th studio album by the legendary English musician, and the first to feature new material in ten years. Following the unexpected release of the single 'Where Are We Now?' on Bowie's 66th birthday, the album features 14 brand new tracks. The cover art for the album is an adapted version of Bowie's 1977 album 'Heroes'. This deluxe edition features three bonus tracks.

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Even after 10 years away from the spotlight, David Bowie – pop’s most important post-Beatles innovator – still commands unrivalled levels of fascination.

Just when it seemed that he had quietly slipped into a dignified retirement, which no-one would have begrudged, the world awoke one morning in January to the remarkable news of not only a single, Where Are We Now?, available immediately, but also this album.

In the context of the album, Where Are We Now? – a moving, backwards glance at The Berlin Years – seems a slight red herring. Bowie does consider the past, ageing, mortality: on the title track’s chant of “My body left to rot in a hollow tree” and I’d Rather Be High’s stumbling “to the graveyard”.

How Does the Grass Grow? poses the question, “Would you still love me if the clocks could go backwards?” (You Will) Set the World on Fire seemingly addresses his pre-stardom self, a You Really Got Me riff and slick confidence reminding us that he’s always had “what it takes”. This elegiac nostalgia is matched by the beautiful You Feel So Lonely You Could Die.

A complex mood pervades elsewhere, a sense of things gone awry. The nicely sinister Dirty Boys’ expressive, serious vocal depicts a skewed Englishness of cricket bats, “Finchley Fair” and running “with dirty boys”. The Stars (Are Out Tonight) sees those stars (a recurring theme) anthropomorphised: “sexless and unaroused”, unsettlingly “beaming like blackened sunshine”.

The most experimental cut, If You Can See Me, proclaims – amidst spacey, tumbling rhythms and scattered jumbles of notes and words – “I will slaughter your kind”. Love Is Lost makes youth seem ominous – newness abounds but still “your fear is old”. Clearly this is no elder statesman simply wistfully gazing into a dappled, romanticised past.

Valentine’s Day and I’d Rather Be High are further standouts – the former is a mid-paced depiction of a character with a “tiny face” and “scrawny hands”; the latter, a furious anti-war song.

Closer Heat is a brilliant exemplar of what makes our finest, bravest musician of the past 40 years so irreplaceable. It’s full of spaced-out vocals, ominous noises and bangs, keening strings and disturbing, impressionistic poetry.

With the opacity and lack of easy answers that you would hope for from this most stylish and creative of artists, this is a triumphant, almost defiant, return. Innovative, dark, bold and creative, it’s an album only David Bowie could make.

--Jude Clarke

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luke Edwards on 7 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
Pop’s greatest chameleon and now-visibly grizzled OAP David Bowie returned out of the blue this year with The Next Day, his first new album in ten years. When the lead single ‘Where Are We Now?’ first dropped – a song that found Bowie reminiscing on his time in Berlin in the late-‘70s – it had people wondering whether The Next Day might be his most nostalgic and autobiographical LP to date, but such musings were unwarranted.

With lyrics remaining puzzlingly aloof, The Next Day is a surprisingly solid comeback for Bowie, attempting to dig deep into his musical legacy to see if there’s any gems left in the mine. As it happens, there are plenty – ‘Valentine’s Day’ not only finds Bowie re-utilising his mid-70s Ziggy Stardust voice but also addressing contemporary social issues (the 2008 Northern Illinois University shooting) and the dark and jagged post-punk monotony of ‘Love Is Lost’ has lyrics equating ‘the voice of youth’ with ‘the hour of dread’.

Elsewhere, ‘Dirty Boys’ treads the same Weill/Brecht-ian ground as Aladdin Sane and ‘Boss of Me’ has the sort of glam rock stomp we’ve been longing to hear since the Diamond Dogs started barking at us. ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’ finds Bowie musing on the nature of celebrity and fame with an apparent attack on those ‘soaking up our primitive world’ from ‘behind their tinted window shades’ and Bowie’s past fixation with agnosticism appears to have grown atheistic fangs if the irreligious opener ‘The Next Day’ is anything to go by.

There are low points, however.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Cobbin on 25 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD
It was lovely to hear that David Bowie would soon be releasing his first album in 10 years. But would it live up to the hype? The answer is yes. He has returned to the music world with an album he can be proud to call his own. The usual phrase for a new Bowie album is 'his best since Scary Monsters' which has actually become a tiring and lazy observation in my opinion. The sound on 'The Next Day' isn't dissimilar to that of 'Heathen' or 'Reality' which has been subject to some criticism, but I think Bowie has developed that sound further and made the songs more memorable. Inevitably his releases are always going to compared to his golden era which in some ways is unfair since that was 4 decades ago. He's never going to make another 'Ziggy Stardust' and why should he? Bowie is the master of reinvention and has proven time and time again that he can adapt to new trends effortlessly.

Now to the songs themselves. There are some really memorable moments throughout the album such as 'Where Are We Now?' 'Valentine's Day' and the haunting closer 'Heat'. The songs on here are mainly mid-tempo rock songs with the odd few breaking this rule. I've read some reviews that the album is badly mixed with his voice being swamped beneath the music. I would only apply this to a couple of songs where his voice isn't the focal point but unless you're an audiophile it's not going to be so blatant that it will affect your listen. The lyrics are classic Bowie with him observing and critiquing the world we live in. Some of the songs towards the end get a little lost on the first couple of listens but become more familiar later. That is what I'd say of the album - it will grow on you rather than entice you immediately.
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111 of 125 people found the following review helpful By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Mar. 2013
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Well I'll admit, the genius marketing scam of issuing "Where Are We Now?" out of the blue with no warning at all certainly worked on me. I've got Bowie's last few albums, and they all have their moments, but I didn't buy any of them when they came out and perhaps partly because of that, I've never made the effort to really get to know them. I was mostly content to listen to his golden decade of albums from The Man Who Sold The World to Scary Monsters. But the cleverly orchestrated comeback got my full attention for the first time in decades so I had to hear this a.s.a.p.

So I've fallen for the hype, how am I feeling now that I've listened to the thing a few times?

Well, not conned, that's for sure. It's not particularly strong on melody - though melodically it certainly sounds like a Bowie record and it's far from tuneless. But it's very strong on both arrangements and lyrics - the latter in my experience being the first faculty ageing rock stars tend to lose. Even the less interesting songs, and there are two or three that let the side down a bit, make an interesting noise. And there's a pretty wide variety of styles, though there's little here that wouldn't have fitted in pretty well on Lodger, for instance, though parts of it are a lot rockier than most of that album.

I can't think of another rock artist who's come up with work of this quality at such an advanced age - by any standards this is a very good album - the songs are interesting, powerful, some of the lyrics are quite disturbing, nearly all of them are thought-provoking at least; the playing and arrangements are superb, Bowie's vocals are in good shape.
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