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Excellent new album,
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This review is from: The Next Day (Audio CD)
Having read a couple of the lower score reviews on here by people who have perhaps naively purchased this album expecting Bowie to be reincarnating Ziggy Stardust, I have felt compelled to point out to anyone who has their doubts about this one, should dispel these straight away. An absolutely terrific body of work, which deserves to judged on its own merits, rather than constantly refering back to albums Bowie made some 40 years ago. People have been saying this album mirrors much of his past work, and whilst there are ofcourse some echoes of this, I personally cannot think of any of his albums, which are quite like this one.
The true strength in this album for me, is the pure variety. An interesting placing and arranging of songs and styles contrasting with one another, providing a very fulfilling listen. That said there certainly are some outstanding songs within this album. The opening title track being one of the most punchy, intentive and driving rock songs to open any of his albums; this followed up with the funk guitar 'Dirty boys'. 'Love is lost', an excellent keyboard led piece and 'I'd rather be high' for me also amongst the highlights. In terms of creativity and variation in an album, this one ranks very high, indeed it could be the most creative album in his catalogue to date.
Throughout this year this album has been played inumerable times, and now just hoping that there will be more albums of simillar excellent quality to this.
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Initial post: 14 Mar 2013 11:59:09 GMT
Stan FREDO says:
I too am a bit annoyed by people always referencing Bowie's back catalougue. Especially the "Ziggy" part of it. I mean, sure, it was good, but, you know, life goes on!
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2013 14:32:24 GMT
Yes, I think he deserves now the chance to move on! Does not help I suppose with all the magazines bearing pictures of Bowie as Ziggy, and headlines such as 'Ziggy Stardust returns'...
Posted on 14 Mar 2013 19:55:49 GMT
Ziggy was good? Don't you mean great?
In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2013 09:31:25 GMT
Yes, Ziggy is a great rock album. But I must admit (whisper it!) as a Bowie fan since 1972 I actually play his work from Outside onwards a lot more these days. I suppose Ziggy is not varied enough for my somewhat, ahem, eclectic tastes, great rock album though it is!
Posted on 15 Mar 2013 18:13:37 GMT
This is a review that says all I wanted to say. Judge this as a stand alone album and it is almost as good as any Bowie album, and this includes all of the revered '70's output. Practically flawless and when compared to 99% of albums that'll be released this year I expect it to be peerless. Incredibly inventive. Now if only Mr Ferry could rediscover his muse in a similar fashion.
Posted on 23 Mar 2013 13:39:35 GMT
Numinous Ugo says:
I have long been bemused by reviewers (naturally for the most part of Mr Bowie's career this was mostly NME & Melody Maker rather than Amazon) who bemoaned that he had gone off on a different direction from what they expected. The defining characteristic of this guy was that he continually reinvented himself; that is what we all loved about him. I read one review that complained about the wall of noise in some tracks, but you only have to go one album later then Ziggy Stardust to get a similar quality of sound; and that is universally acknowledged as a classic. The trick with music is to listen to what it is and not what it is not. Great review; I love this album.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2013 20:52:32 GMT
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Clem Feeney says:
Surely Bowie is inviting comparisons with his 70's albums by recycling a cover from his mid-70's works Heroes !
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2013 20:46:44 GMT
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Posted on 1 Apr 2013 00:51:41 BDT
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