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4.0 out of 5 stars Admit It!! Its Not That Bad......, 1 May 2011
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This review is from: Tin Machine (Audio CD)
Having been nothing less than THE icon of the 70s - Bowie arrived at the end of a rather tumultuous 80s clearly somewhat tired of being 'it'. So never one to do anything by halves he got together some of his old mates (the Sales Brothers and Reeves Gabrels - who had worked with him in the past) and started a band.

Not so much the Spiders from Mars - more the Expensive Suits from Saville Row - Tin Machine were billed as a no-nonsense back to basics rock'n'roll band. Albeit with a rather famous singer.

This is where my review doesn't follow the script. I bought this on its release - the first Bowie product to come out in my 'purchasing' lifetime. I loved it. Heavens in Here has enormous swagger - and a great riff - the title track rocks and stops and starts along with the best of them. And along with the extraordinarily angular guitar playing - the whole set has a sweaty bluesy small-club feeling that is possibly only let down by the ill-advised cover of Working Class Hero. If this album were a foodstuff it would definately be Marmite. But love it or hate it - you can't ignore it.

Re-apraise this album soon - and admit to yourself that it REALLY isn't so bad after all.
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Initial post: 10 Jun 2011 12:16:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 10 Jun 2011 12:17:26 BDT
R. Herriott says:
Nick said "I bought this on its release - the first Bowie product to come out in my 'purchasing' lifetime. I loved it." Yes, that was me as well. I´d heard of Bowie when I was about eight or nine and found him a bit frightening. Nine years later, and a bit grown up I started to develop my own taste in music and to reject chart hits and the tribalism of the mods, rockers, punks and new wave types. In this process I listened to much quieter stuff. Somehow I stumbled onto The The who had released Mind Bomb and I liked the noisy guitars and the the violence of it. When I caught sight of a video of Bowie singing Under the God I was ready to hear more like that. The wierd image of the suits, the raging guitars and the chaos of the scene caught my imagination. So, I rushed out and bought my first "new" Bowie record. The guitars on Heaven´s In Here managed to be so out of control that it made me break out in a sweat when I heard it. It seemed so chaotic. Twenty two years later it strikes me as no less structured than a Beethoven symphony. And I´m still listening to it and it still makes me want to jump about and act like a loon.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jan 2013 18:55:11 GMT
Nick says:
Only just seen your review! Thanks.. and agreed on all counts.
Lol. I fear we may be a rare breed.
Nick

Posted on 8 Feb 2015 10:08:00 GMT
I agree, never understood why the lazy critics panned it and still diss it, it was far far better than, 'Tonight', and 'Never Let Me Down'. I thought it was Bowie getting back on form after the insipid previous two albums. In my humble opinion; it's a great band of musicians playing like they were possessed and was much needed at the time.
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