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A Real Milestone in an Outstanding Career,
This review is from: Station To Station (Audio CD)
If it's true that Bowie can't remember much at all about recording S2S because of the mind-altering substances he was on at the time, then in my opinion he definitely needs to get back on the pints of Drambuie & Lucozade as soon as possible...
Following on from Young Americans, this album is another major musical departure, with only Golden Years as an obvious link to its predecessor. Less than 40 minutes long, and with only 6 tracks, but make no mistake - this is a real heavyweight no-filler collection, to be played from start to finish with absolutely no need to hit the skip button (and I don't say that too often).
The title track is a slow burner, but it's a class opener when it hits its straps, with a hypnotic locomotive rhythm. TVC15 brings an irrepressible change of pace, and Stay showcases the talents of guitarists Carlos Alomar and Earl Slick (the latter having made a real mark on the epic - but underrated - David Live album). But the real highlights are the majestic Word on a Wing (has Bowie ever sounded better in the studio?) and a superb y'all-made-that-song-your-own-y'all cover of Wild is the Wind as the closer. It's a fitting, slower-paced finale for an exceptionally strong collection of songs. In my view, after S2S Bowie went into something of a decline, by his own high standards, only returning to real form with Let's Dance - so this is a must buy album as yet another example of his outstanding multi-faceted 70s heyday.