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Has Its Moments But Too Many Fillers
on 10 March 2005
All Bowie fans want a return to form and the expression "the best album since Scary Monsters" is often thrown about. I've heard that said of every Bowie album since Never Let Me Down, yes seriously! Anyway, Reality has some great moments and a nice jazzy feel at times. However, some of the songs don't work and sound a bit rushed and half-baked. And, even more worryingly, there are shades of Tin Machine at times with all its bombastic emptiness. Personally, I preferred Heathen which had a better overall sound and I find myself playing it more often. However, this has a slightly rougher edge which some people might prefer. I suppose that's one of the great things about Bowie - he uses so many musical styles that not even his fans can agree on what a good Bowie album is. Or, for that matter, which album is his best since Scary Monsters...