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An Album of Two Halves,
This review is from: Low (Audio CD)
Low - is there anything more that could describe the way Bowie was feeling at the time. Everything was going wrong for him, well in his personal life anyway and so he decided to move to Berlin to escape it all - if you asked me going to Berlin would have made him more depressed. Still he went and what came out of it wasn't some dull, droopy album with no vigour but instead a mere classic, which has propelled itself into Bowie folklore.
Low is a classic and offers us a new creative side to Bowie. The album though on the first listen is very strange and for me wasn't to my liking, but I strived on and finally found the pure brilliance and beauty of it.
I say that it is an album of two halves simply because it is. Even if the two halves don't equal up to the right number of songs each, but still two halves none the less.
The first half are seven songs of electronic hipped up songs of aching and deranged Bowie vocals and lyrics which can haunt you but also get you tapping your foot and bouncing up and down to it's addictive beats.
The second half is the last four songs on the album, where there are mostly no words instead Bowie and Eno playing with different types of sounds and seeing what comes out. And what does come out is something beautiful and also very tragic. These second half of songs can be quite hard to listen to and you may get bored and annoyed very easily, especially on the six minute long Warszawa. This song seems to longer and longer but when listened to quite a few times you can experience the true pleasure and appreciate it's more mellow mood more every time you listen to, eventually turning out to be not that bad.
These four aren't just the only music tracks with brief words that don't seem to make sense there are two others. These being Speed of Life and A New Career in a New Town. Out of all the six music tracks these two have to be the best simply because they aren't as dark as the others and are a lot easier to listen to.
In all the music tracks and the normal vocal/music tracks compliment each other and wouldn't be right without each other. The antithesis is perfect.
The best songs on this album though have to Breaking Glass and Sound and Vision. These are the most hipped up tracks on the album and will get you dancing away. At the end though you start to wonder what it was that Bowie had done on that carpet.
In all this is a great album and from Bowie's depression came a new hope.
Buy this album, give it few listens and you'll fully enjoy the brilliance of Bowie's creativeness. Enjoy!