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An Under Rated Gem
on 26 January 2016
I first became a fan of Bowie as 'Ashes To Ashes' hit the charts in 1980, when I was just eleven. I stayed a big fan throughout most the 80's, especially enjoying buying up his 70's back catalogue as the 80's progressed. However, by the turn of the 90's, I have to admit that I had begun to feel slightly disappointed by his newer releases, with 'Never Let Me Down' being the last straw for me; an album I truly didn't like when I bought it on release. (I know, I'm sorry, but that is how I felt about it at the time and I'm trying to be honest and not be a revisionist following recent events).
I continued to be a fan of so-called 'classic Bowie', but his 90's output completely passed me by.
And then, while browsing through a charity shop in early 2000, a few months after the release of 'Hours', I found a copy of it in mint condition for only £1. I bought it, took it home, and loved it from first play. Because 'Hours' completely re-ignited my love for new David Bowie material (which stayed with me for the rest of his career), it will always remain a special album to me. It is criminally under-rated in my opinion and deserves much more respect and love than it receives.
'Seven' became an instant classic for me and has remained one of my favourite Bowie songs of his entire catalogue. But there is much to enjoy elsewhere.... with Survive, Something in the Air and 'The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell' being highlights for this listener.
Even with the massive resurgence in Bowie's sales, I have noticed that 'Hours' has remained an afterthought for many, but not for me. I love it, and if only you'd give it a chance, maybe you'd love it too.