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Let's Dance [ECD]

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David Bowie returned to recording after a four-year break with this relatively clean-cut 1983 album. Although offering another definite new direction for Bowie, with Nile Rodgers of Chic helping to produce a stylish post-disco dance sound, Let's Dance is a mixed bag. Much of the album's success was due to its three danceable hit singles--"China Girl," a sensuous Bowie/Iggy Pop collaboration, the distinctive "Modern Love," and the funky title track. However, much of the rest of the album is bland and vapid, marking the start of serious decline in Bowie's songwriting skills. A cover of Metro's "Criminal World" and "Cat People" are the only other strong tracks here. --James Swift

1. Modern Love
2. China Girl
3. Let's Dance
4. Without You
5. Ricochet
6. Criminal World
7. Cat People
8. Shake It

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B00001OH7Z
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful By John Stodder on August 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Hard core Bowie fans hate this album, because it was "commercial" and light, and lacked the angst of "Scary Monsters" or "Lodger." At the time, it seemed like it was an enjoyable album of the moment, picking up on the dance rhythms that had taken over the airwaves by the mid-80s. With hindsight, it is musically a lot more sturdy than that, and seems like a minor classic. Don't follow biography that closely, but I suspect Bowie was just in a good mood then, and that impacted his music, giving it a jolly quality his CD's typically lack. The beats are beautifully constructed, and it is a very pleasing meeting of rock and dance aesthetics.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Why so much disagreement over this album? I suppose it's because this time around, Bowie reinvents himself as a smooth progenitor of blue-eyed soul. This is a dance/pop fest ("Let's Dance"--get it?) with excellent fat guitar sounds from Stevie Ray Vaughan, great sax work, and some cheeky background vocals. The well mannered, tasteful sounds may disappoint those expecting rocker songs like "Cracked Actor," etc.
After the excellent, ironically romantic, "Modern Love" (with it's great opening line "I know when to go out; I know when to stay in"), Bowie follows with two other commercial hits "China Girl" and "Let's Dance." "Let's Dance" is a riot, an MGM musical of a number with a boy background chorus, impassioned vocals (listen to Bowie wonderfully over-emote on the line "tremble like a Floweeer!"), and an infectious beat. This song has stood the test of time better than any other song on the album. It's high drama seasoned with camp and it's one of Bowie's best efforts. With excellent jazz-infused sax, Latin percussion, and memorable lyrics, it's one of the funnest songs in the Bowie discography. I think he really took chances with this song, and he thoroughly succeeds. The final song on the first side, the laid-back "Without You," features some trademark falsetto, but is not up to the other songs.
"Ricochet" is a reggae track that gets a little tiresome, but it's a harbinger of his later work for kids, with great sci-fi voiceover effects, and a very sound-trackish feeling to it. It sounds like something important is going on, though I can't figure out what the narrative is. (It doesn't matter--this is all for fun.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jinkyu on April 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
In spite of its being commercial, and in spite of a considerable amount of disco content, "Let's Dance" is my favorite David Bowie album, tho others are close. Each track is excellent except for the throwaway concluder "Shake It" and the good but mild "Without You." David's singing is as usual very versatile, and he performs the dramatic extremely well in "Ricochet" and some other entries. He displays a soft but heavy touch on Iggy Pop's "China Girl" and in parts of other songs, reminding one a bit of Elvis.
Stevie Ray Vaughan makes a fine contribution with his guitar work on "Cat People," "Criminal World," and elsewhere, and there is also good saxophone, but most noteworthy is the songs' lively, catchy beats. The heavy "Modern Love" is the album's big rocker, very commercially successful and justifiably so. The title cut actually employs disco to make an excellent song, not just a dance number. Then, listen to that bass on "China Girl."
The production quality on this record is fabulous. Varied instrumentation is employed and mixed in very skillfully, with well-chosen dramatic flourishes, giving it its theatrical aura. One feels like getting up and dancing even when the beat is not disco.
So, unless you are a die-hard wed to the more characteristic Bowie sound, "Let's Dance" should be an interesting excursion.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Pax on March 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I have always been a big Bowie fan, but I came along later in his musical career. In fact, Let's Dance was my 1st introduction to Bowie when I was about 12, so it always has a special place in my heart. The only earlier Bowie I listened to for a long time was from his greatest hits, Changes One. Anyway, I finally began collecting his earlier stuff and now own most of his pre=80's cannon. I never bought Let's Dance on cd, so when it came out as a hybrid SACD, I decided to get it. I don't have the original cd to compare it,with, but the SACD sounds great. Incredibly clear, incredibly crisp sound. Unfortunately, they released this as a 2-channel stereo SACD instead of the multi-channel, so it is limited in that regard. However, it sounds great and highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sparkina on December 25, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I will begin this review with a tale of the distant past.
Once upon a time in 1983, a girl in her teens went on a plane trip to Disney World with her mother, a friend of her mother's, and the friend's young sons. The plane had a sound system in each seat, and the passengers were given headsets. There were several "stations" of music to choose from, and the girl had hers tuned to (at the time) contemporary hits.
The teen sat bobbing her head, tapping her feet, and chair-dancing to such tunes as "She Blinded me with Science" and "Hungry like the Wolf." This was FUN music! Then, it happened.
All of a sudden, the teenage girl's eardrums were caressed by a voice like that of an angel -- a very manly-sounding, sexy-voiced angel. As this manly yet angelic voice sang passionately about dancing and swaying and trembling flowers and red shoes, the teen sat there motionless, enthralled, spellbound, utterly enchanted, unable to believe a human voice could sound so gorgeous, so exquisite.
That girl was me, the song was "Let's Dance," and the fellow with the sexy angel-voice was none other than Mr. David Bowie.
I have read scathing criticisms of the album "Let's Dance," citing how it was more "commercial" than Bowie's earlier recordings. I don't know what that means, "commercial." If The Gentleman and his spellbinding musical stylings got more exposure, so much the better. As a Bowie fan in a BIG WAY, I am here to say that, in its own way, this sparkling disc of audio enchantment deserves to be as much a Bowie classic as "Ziggy Stardust" or the Berlin recordings
The "hits" hit the mark. I always feel like dancing when I hear the catchy "Modern Love," and I still find the title track mesemerizing, and "China Girl" is lushly romantic.
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