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  • Audio CD (15 Sept. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B0000ALE3X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. New Killer Star
  2. Pablo Picasso
  3. Never Get Old
  4. The Loneliest Guy
  5. Looking For Water
  6. She'll Drive The Big Car
  7. Days
  8. Fall Dog Bombs The Moon
  9. "Try Some, Buy Some"
  10. Reality
  11. Bring Me The Disco King

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BBC Review

Each David Bowie album from Black Tie White Noise onwards has been greeted with a huge puff of publicity but very little aftertaste. This is as much our fault as his. In our long-established immediacy culture, unless you are repeatedly whacked around the head by something, it evaporates. The complex and distant music Bowie has produced over the past ten years often demands the one thing we don't have in abundance today: time. To underline the importance of his recent oeuvre, Bowie played Heathen in a block, as if to say; this is really special, bear with it.

With that in mind, I'm delighted to report that his 25th studio album, Reality is among his very best works, and this is being written not in the exhilarating judgement-numb of a long-in-advance copy. This is after living with it. Its rock music, for sure; it travels along similar lines to Heathen and Hours..., but it has a real freshness and accessibility and, in this era of ever-extending CDs, it's a proper album; clocking in at under 50 minutes.

Working with Tony Visconti again has certainly given energy to Bowie and working in Visconti's small studio in New York brings the work a real freshness and intimacy. With his regular players Sterling Campbell, Gail Ann Dorsey and Mike Garson; and with Visconti playing his economical and often underrated bass, there is a beautiful lustre to the sound which manages to embrace innovation in a most organic manner.

'New Killer Star', freely referencing his own 'TVC 15', is an effortless overture that plays to the highlights of the Visconti/Bowie partnership. 'She'll Drive A Big Car' is a perfect embodiment of Bowie's new spirit; full of subtle kinks and nuances which actually finds it recapping Young Americans in terms of that records emotional drive.

The backing vocals on 'Looking For Water' equal the strengths of the Berlin-era recordings and the strings-rich cover of 'Try Some, Buy Some' is a fitting tribute to its author, George Harrison. 'Fall Dog Bombs The Moon' is a fantastic voyage through Bowie's Burroughsian box of tricks and 'Bring Me The Disco King' first mentioned at the time of Black Tie White Noise is a extraordinary closer, its refrain evoking both Chic's 'Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)' and Joy Divison's 'Transmission'; a woozy, off-kilter jazz homage, with long term Bowie pianist Garson referencing his best work.

So, Reality is a proper album, with a beginning, a middle and an end. It's direct, warm, emotional honest, even and the surfeit of pleasingly deceptive musical simplicity allows the irony of the central concept - that there is no such thing as reality anymore - an opportunity to filter through. It's also rather lively and convincing. With Earthling, its David Bowie's best album since Scary Monsters. --Daryl Easlea

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By A Customer on 25 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
When you listen to 'Reality' in a concentrated way, you start to hear some of its truly inspired touches. It's full of good, enjoyable tracks, but within those tracks can be found a playful experimenting that makes you go back and play them again - just to make sure you haven't missed anything the first time. And it's this quality that makes 'Reality' such a marvellous album - it's got longevity, and won't travel to the bottom of people's CD racks for quite some time.
A complete contrast to 'Heathen', occupying a different imaginative space entirely, this is a textured and tantilizing, immensely varied album. Pretty much what you expect from David Bowie.
And it makes you want to dance.
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By Samuel TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Every album Bowie has ever made has had high points. Even critically slated albums such as Tonight had its good moments (Blue Jean, for example), as did Tin Machine - their version of Maggie's Farm was, to my mind, one of his best ever tracks. Recent albums (and by recent, I mean the last 10 years' worth) have been, although better than most other bands around, still patchy in places. From Black Tie White Noise through to Heathen, they have all been generally good, but with a few poor songs to balance out the brilliant.
This is not the case with Reality, however. From the moment that 'New Killer Star' beings with it's classic Bowie sound reminiscent in places of Rebel Rebel and Jean Genie, through the spanish guitar laden insanity that is Pablo Picasso and onwards, there is not a bad moment to be heard. Throughout the 90s, sometimes it seemed that Bowie was trying just too hard to be trendy, hip and different. But the good work on Heathen has been continued, and to my mind this IS his best album in certainly 20 years, perhaps longer. It's certainly the one that has impressed me most after just two or three listens - probably more so than anything since Heroes.
This album deserves to be heard, and it deserves to be loved. If there's any justice, it will outsell all the TV manufactured rubbish in the charts, and give Bowie the incentive to carry on making music this good for another 35 years.
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Each and every new Bowie album since 1995's 1: Outside has been touted as Bowie's best since Scary Monsters. This once again is true of Bowie's new release Reality, but it should really be taken on its own merits. Reality is a very strong piece of work, building on the success of 2002's highly successful Heathen. Some elements are similar to Heathen, the result of Bowies excellent live band, but this album is on the whole much more forceful and direct. This is Bowie at his confident best, he knows he's got it, all of it, and so the sound is relaxed and confident. Tunes such as Reality and Never Get Old are noticeably written to be played live and rock in the manner of the glam glitterburst, Hallo Spaceboy. At other moments, the album is reminicent of Young Americans, with "She'll Drive the Big Car" and the slow ballad "Days" is simply beautiful. The Album is opened strongly by New Killer Star, and the closing track, "Bring me the Disco King" a number which bowie has allegedly been toying with for years is packed with wistful emotion. The Special Edition also comes with An excellent near instrumental, "Queen of all the Tarts" and a recent version of Rebel Rebel. An excellent album, showing Bowie at his strongest and most creative for years, certainly the strongest for a decade, and in its own right, a great piece of work and one of Bowie's best so far.
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By A Customer on 30 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Bowies back, and undeniably on top form. Making musical chemistry yet again with producer Tony Visconti. Bowie really can't go wrong, with a strong tried and tested band including Mike Garson (Ziggy Stardust 1973), Earl Slick (Diamond Dogs Tour 1974) and the all inspiring Gail Ann Dorsey ( 1. Outside 1995).
Bowie wows us from start to finish with the likes of the fabulous "New Killer Star" and "Days". The brilliant self observation of "Never Get Old" will take you breath away as you begin to realise that Bowie, fast approaching 57, is spiritually younger than he has ever been.
All in all "Reality" needs not prove anything. David's voice unchanged by time, delivers a full to the brim 50 mins of superb music. It is up there with finest of the Thin White Duke's Albums, possibly the greatest since "Low".
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Came late to this album which was Bowies last for a decade until The Next Day
Some really good tunes - standouts being New Killer Star, Falldog Bombs The Moon and All The Days Of My Life but not as good as the previous years Heathen
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This is not the David Bowie of the Serious Artistic Statement (Diamond Dogs, Station to Station, Heroes and latterly The Next Day), it's Bowie making some great songs, presumably with a view to touring them. Think Aladdin Sane or perhaps Lodger, both of which are full of original treatments of fairly standard song formats and catchy tunes. The rocking pop songs (New Killer Star, Fall Dog, Reality) are all fine, but for me the highlights are the utterly barmy take on The Modern Lovers' Pablo Picasso (a song whose premise is barmy enough as it is) and the grand finale of Bring Me The Disco King, which starts off like late era Steely Dan, but soon heads somewhere rather more strange and twisted.

I pretty much gave up on Bowie after Tin Machine and Earthling, so this album and its predecessor passed me by ten years ago. I'm pleased that the hoo-ha over The Next Day has led me back to it.
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