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Outside [Digibook Expanded Edition]
Outside [Digibook Expanded Edition]

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4.0 out of 5 stars perhaps the final experiment..., 8 Feb. 2005
A wonderful album. A 'grower'. The more you listen to it...etc...At the time it seemed that Bowie was about to launch upon a new found era of experimentation grounded in the eras dug with Eno in the late 70's. Taking on board street dance grooves and pop/industrial sensibilities of NIN and the Prodigy this album marked a road forward whilst tipping a hat to past successes/influences.In some ways very much of its time (if one thinks of Tricky and the afore-mentioned)yet elusive in the way that only Bowie can be. Perhaps the closest thing to a 'Diamond Dogs' for the Millenium. The album is a half breed of experimentation and great alt. pop/rock tracks...having heard some of the outakes from the album one wonders how the original 'Outside' may have been if Bowie had been allowed to persue the chant / narration ideas as in evidence on the track 'I am with name'. The second disc here is comprised of things which are, on the whole, mostly expendable. The 'Rubber' mix of 'HFL' is great, as is the 'Basquiat' mix of 'Small Plot', Bowie's vocal isolated, a wonderful mix. 'Nothing to be desired' is one of the rare polished mixes of 'the stuff that got away' from the 'Outside' outakes (When will they release this stuff!!?!!)As for the Pet shop boys remixes: great material sold down the river...shoulda gone to Reznor/Tricky/Goldie.

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