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An Underrated Gem,
This review is from: Outside (Audio CD)
Originally dismissed as Pretentious Art-Rock by UK critics on its original release, this album has slowly grown in stature and is now considered one of the most underrated albums of the 90s.
True Bowie fans have always held this album close to their hearts, and rightly so for it remains one of his most rewarding albums. Outside's dark musical textures are spread across a brilliant, haunting landscape. A world that draws you in with every listen. Bowie's lyrics manage to fill your mind with incredible imagery, drawing you deep within the strange world that Bowie and Eno have created.
With Bowie hitting another highly creative rebirth, this album just happens to contain some of Bowie's finest music in over a decade. The tracks `Outside', `The Heart's Filthy Lesson' and `Hallo Spaceboy' dominate the album with its hard industrial influences, but do not let these industrial comparisons put you off, for this is David Bowie we're talking about, and the production is equally matched by some truly inventive melodies. `The Motel' is by far one of the most beautiful and compelling songs Bowie has ever composed.
It also contains some of my all time favourite Bowie tracks, 'Thru' These Architects Eyes', `Strangers When We Meet', 'The Hearts Filthy Lesson' and the wonderfully delirious, `I'm Deranged', where Mike Garson's piano ascends the musical scales and literally sends tingles up your spine. It has to be said that the musicianship on this album is superb. Even the much maligned, Reeves Gabrels, manages to blend his unique guitar sound to the musical landscape. But for me it is Mike Garson's highly distinctive piano playing that dominates this album, it really drives the music along.
A few of the other reviews state that the album is perhaps a couple of tracks too long, and I agree with that sentiment, but '1.Outside' is the kind of album that rewards with each sucessive listen. Quite simply, a stunning masterpiece in need of slight editing.