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5.0 out of 5 stars The best David Bowie album never made?!, 3 July 2002
This review is from: Blah-Blah-Blah (Audio CD)
This is the third album David Bowie and Iggy Pop co-wrote and co-produced. It's quite unlike The Idiot and Lust For Life, however, so will probably be most appreciated by Bowie fans.
This album was recorded at the same time as Bowie's own NEVER LET ME DOWN. Said album was one of his weakest efforts and he was rapidly losing credibility, so it's odd that he was quite happy to give away some of the best tunes he'd written in ages to his old mate Iggy. BLAH BLAH BLAH is the best Bowie album never made - just listen to the sublime ballad "Shades". The production is very understated for the period (unlike the very cluttered NEVER LET ME DOWN), and Bowie made several attempts to recreate this album's musical formula of rocky guitar mixed with programmed drumbeats and samplers - also used on his underrated 1986 single When The Wind Blows and the 1988 version of Look Back In Anger - not quite cracking it until EARTHLING in 1997! A lost gem!

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