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Change of Direction
on 22 May 2014
So what do you do when you've released three classic rock albums in a row? In Bowie's case you don't stick with the tried and tested but move off in another direction. The apocalyptic feel is still there but these songs are more uneasy, more edgy and there's a thudding beat running through the album. There's nothing easy about Diamond Dogs. Songs Like Big Brother and 1984 speak for themselves, purely through their titles.
Bowie seems to be searching for some kind of identity after a number of years of pulling himself through the ringer. The result is modern white soul/rock that at times is less than perfect. It is almost as if Bowie is searching for a rougher more soulful feel. He does achieve it, but I can't say this is one of my favourite Bowie albums, particularly in the light of what has gone before.
At times Bowie stretches his voice to its absolute limits and that doesn't make for easy listening. Rock n Roll With Me has a showbiz feel about it with its jangling guitar work over the top of jazzy vocals. Overall my main gripe with Diamond Dogs is it is lacking in charm and just too harsh for comfort and there are a few tracks that are just embarrassingly bad.