Hours . . . Enhanced
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MP3 Music, March 23, 2004
Audio CD, Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, January 31, 2012
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The lovely 'Thursdays Child' opens up and laments while 'Something in the Air' is an unusual slice of menacing techo/rock, 'Survive' strums along nicely as it exudes melody, 'If I'm Dreaming My Life' is a luxurious whirlpool of ideas in motion,'Seven' is simple and childlike,'What's Really Happenning' is a damn good lyric by a net competition winner with Bowie providing the music and Reeves dishing out a very cool guitar lick, 'The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell' is an out and out rocker type and it wouldn't have been out of place on 'Earthling', its the least likeable track on the album, 'New Angles Of Promise'is 80's reflective harking back to the likeness of The Banshees.....nice, 'Brilliant Adventure' is not quite as good as 'Crystal Japan, but it loops to satisfaction, and finaly, the album closes with 'The Dreamers'(could also be a movie title)providing us with a melodic climber, taking you out of the whole art of Bowie things. He's looking good, playing good live sets and this album will keep you tick tock 'till the next time round.
If "The Man Who Sold the World" was a flop, this almost feels like it would be the follow up piece to it, instead of "Hunky Dory." This album is far from hunky dory, but is just as great, and is so beautiful and serene. "Something In the Air" is my fave on the album and "New Angels of Promise" is also very great. In fact, all of the songs have a rich and deep feel to it. If you know a little bowie history, you would know that his career in the 60's was a failure.. he was continually frustrated by his inability to make a hit in the field. that all changed with his fantastic single "Space Oddity." So after that his career was sort of on a fork in the road. He could either follow up with a hit or another flop. If "The Man Who Sold The World" failed, who's to say that there would even be a Hunky Dory, or a Ziggy for that matter? 'hours...' feels like it belongs in the past, but not in THIS past.. it belongs in an alternate universe, a world of regret and missed opportunites.
in this world, where he is truly happy, bowie has had a successful and copious life... 'hours...' is an anthem to what might have been and is another fantastic undertaking by db.
Whether it's due to the impending millennium and all of the implications that it brings with it, or personal experiences that have altered his perspective is unclear, but the songs on Hours are anything but opaque. Throughout this album, Bowie is emotionally direct, confronting love and loss with a vulnerability that might surprise those who have him pigeonholed as an artistic poseur. On "Survive", he sings with emotional candor to an estranged (or possibly deceased) lover or friend, "You're the great mistake I never made. I never lied to you, I hated when you lied, and I'll survive your naked eyes...I love you". That in itself is a revelation, since I cannot recall previously hearing Bowie sing the words "I love you". This direct vulnerability expands as the disk continues, with self-searching, emotionally wrought lines like "If I'm dreaming my life, was she ever here" (from "If I'm Dreaming My Life") and "Hold my face before you. Still my trembling heart. Seven days to live my life or seven ways to die (from "Seven").Read more ›
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I first discovered the music from this album via the PC game Omicron. Such a fun musical voyage and some great stand alone songs like "Survive."Published 13 days ago by William D. Kovacevich Jr.
Bowie was very reflective at various points in his career, but especially in the late 90s onward. Hours scaled back some of the big production of prior releases and relied more on... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Poor Napoleon
When Blackstar was released, I did not like it because of the avante jazz, but it still had me in the mood for some more Bowie that I had never heard. Read morePublished 23 days ago by VITSOL
You know when this first came out I totally hated it and didn't really like anything on it at all but as time goes by and I keep this in my collection I can appreciate it more and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by vaughn Michael Hanley
It was for my husband as a birthday present and he loves it. He plays it several times as week.Published on November 19, 2013 by Pirjo Nuotio
This y2k release is also noteworthy as it is the last to feature guitarist Reeves Gabrels. RG proved to be an effective creative foil for Bowie. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Dee Dee Tee
Very very good album, no special effects, just a few rock songs. This is a job I've really come to love. Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by Rank