Top critical review
Art rock,hard rock album?
on 6 May 2018
Just listened to this album CD in full for first time ever,and it leaves me slightly confused.
Ok,Bowie was hailed as an innovative and creative genious from hunky dory - 1971 to scary monsters in 1980;by the gushing music press.it was hip and cool to like David Bowie, a lot of the time justifiably and others (whisper it)not quite.
When he was ahead of his game there was no stopping him and Hunky dory,ziggy stardust and Aladdin sane where/Are classic albums,scary monsters sounds like he was trying too hard and had become a victim of its own success.
The opening track;it's no game part one - i just don't get,with its Japanese?dialogue,ranting away at various parts in the song - what's all that about?.the more familiar tracks;ashes to ashes,fashion and the title track sound as fresh as ever,nearly 40 years later (at time of writing).up the hill backwards(the other single) is well under par.
The unique guitar sound throughout the album (mainly courtesy of Robert Fripp) - slightly distorted but very infectious,is the album's salvation- I think.
David's singing and diction is rather poor on some tracks and can't make out the lyrics (all part of being an art rocker I guess).thank heavens for lyrics being included.
After scary monsters' release;the consensus of opinion was that Bowie had lost the plot and was not to receive critical acclaim for a good decade and a half afterwards.
On SM cracks where beginning to appear in the output of David Bowie's body of work,which lead to his critical wilderness period.
Can't fault the original production and this 1999 re-mastered re-release.art work and lyrics are a good inclusion.but Mixed feelings on the whole regarding what Bowie was all about on this album.