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5.0 out of 5 stars Dance, Dance, Dance, 25 Sept. 2003
This review is from: Reality (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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Initial post: 23 Jan 2016 09:08:16 GMT
Euromancer says:
The real problem with 'Reality', I feel, is that what it really wants to do is make you think rather than dance. Sadly, it doesn't, despite its obvious aims to make thoughtful points in the lyrics - for Bowie, the titles and lyrics are lacklustre, the musicians uninspiring and the cover versions are sore thumbs, as they often are in so many of his otherwise brilliant albums (does anyone really like "Fill Your Heart" from 'Hunky Dory' or "It Ain't Easy" from 'Ziggy Stardust' when they could have had Bowie compositions instead? Similarly, 'Pablo Picasso' here - the definitive version is John Cale's cover). Compared even to 'Heathen' - a massive critical success, but itself not a patch on the three studio albums that preceded it - 'Reality' lacks passion, verve, genuinely interesting and arresting tone colours and the kind of outstanding lyrics we loved Bowie for. Also, like many contemporary albums, it is produced within an inch of its life and lacks character compared to the 90s masterworks '1.Outside', 'Earthling' and 'Hours...'.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2016 20:16:52 GMT
Mikalebrug says:
Personally I've always thought that It Ain't Easy was one of the greatest track on Ziggy Stardust.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2016 17:23:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 16 Mar 2016 17:24:40 GMT
I've always thought "It Ain't Easy" is a great track but it doesn't really belong on Ziggy

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jul 2016 07:47:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Jul 2016 07:50:09 BDT
My least favourite cover version is "Let's Spend The Night Together" on Aladdin Sane - unimaginative and throwaway, it interrupts the flow of side two.

In a parallel universe, contemporaneous single "John, I'm Only Dancing" works much better in its place:

"Watch That Man"
"Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)"
"Drive-In Saturday"
"Panic in Detroit"
"Cracked Actor"
"Time"
"The Prettiest Star"
"John, I'm Only Dancing"
"The Jean Genie"
"Lady Grinning Soul"

See? MUCH better. Chuck the Stones cover onto "Pinups", everybody's happy : )

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2016 11:08:22 BDT
I like that. Bang on accurate. Wish I'd thought of it. Works really well. Thanks.
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