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Sound and Vision,
This review is from: David Bowie's "Low" (33 1/3) (Paperback)
This is the definitive account not only of the making of Bowie's meisterwerk- LOW- but also of the album itself.
Wilcken has an engaging, easy style but manages to dig deep and place the album in the widest context of electronic music,German expressionism, post-modernism, Bowie's canon, Krautrock (especially Kraftwerk themselves), Eno's brilliant sound and prescient vision.
It makes for compelling and stimulating reading; each track is dissected and explained and examined in depth, but not in a dry way. He manages to capture the feel, the texture, the dissonance and melody of the album in words: no mean feat.
It takes you back to the album itself, surely the touchstone of this genre of writing and asks you to re-examine and re-experience it in a fresh, vibrant and energetic light.
I've been a Bowie fan for years, and a particular admirer of this period of his work, but it made me listen in a new way and discover subtleties and complexities that I hadn't hitherto been aware of. It places it correctly in the context of the Bowie Berlin trilogy and sheds new light on Bowie's relationship with Eno, and en passant with Iggy Pop.
It is written in a highly intelligent, well informed, style,obviously thoroughly researched with plenty of appropiate anecdote and detail and makes interesting connections with the post-punk pantheon particularly Joy Division, early John Foxx era Ultravox and PIL.
It is part of the fabulous thirty third and a third series and for my money so far the Number One.