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Never Let Me Down
Never Let Me Down
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why not ignore the critics, be a revolutionary and listen??, 29 April 2005
This review is from: Never Let Me Down (Audio CD)
This album has for years born the brunt of second hand opinions, its not cool to listen to it, "oh well, it MUSN'T be cool then!" Ok, this isnt Ziggy, it isnt Diamond Dogs, blah blah blah...well, it's not really meant to be! There is so much more to Bowie than a string of albums made in the early 70's, for a start Ziggy was his FIFTH album, he'd been around for years before it was recorded! Bowie is a multi faceted artist, and that's why his work is so important. Don't listen to this album expecting Starman,or Rebel Rebel, listen to it with an open mind, yes there are some filler songs on here, as with any album in the world by anybody ever, but its also blessed with very strong tracks throughout, the singles are perfect pop and there are some hidden gems here too, especially on the Rykodisc release. This album was written to be performed, much like Reality, it is an album with a stage show in mind, and it oozes energy and perfomance. Give it a chance, Bowie has been in music for over 40 years and is still recording, the 71 - 74 period is a tiny slice of a long, varied and innovative career.

Reality (Bonus Disc Edition)
Reality (Bonus Disc Edition)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on Form? Bowie's Never Been Away!!, 20 Oct 2003
Each and every new Bowie album since 1995's 1: Outside has been touted as Bowie's best since Scary Monsters. This once again is true of Bowie's new release Reality, but it should really be taken on its own merits. Reality is a very strong piece of work, building on the success of 2002's highly successful Heathen. Some elements are similar to Heathen, the result of Bowies excellent live band, but this album is on the whole much more forceful and direct. This is Bowie at his confident best, he knows he's got it, all of it, and so the sound is relaxed and confident. Tunes such as Reality and Never Get Old are noticeably written to be played live and rock in the manner of the glam glitterburst, Hallo Spaceboy. At other moments, the album is reminicent of Young Americans, with "She'll Drive the Big Car" and the slow ballad "Days" is simply beautiful. The Album is opened strongly by New Killer Star, and the closing track, "Bring me the Disco King" a number which bowie has allegedly been toying with for years is packed with wistful emotion. The Special Edition also comes with An excellent near instrumental, "Queen of all the Tarts" and a recent version of Rebel Rebel. An excellent album, showing Bowie at his strongest and most creative for years, certainly the strongest for a decade, and in its own right, a great piece of work and one of Bowie's best so far.
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