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The Next Day

March 12, 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: March 8, 2013
  • Release Date: March 8, 2013
  • Label: Columbia
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  • Total Length: 53:03
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (423 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,488 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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We've waited ten long years and it was well worth the wait!
I would recommend this album to any fans of Bowie's, but I think that newcomers will find a lot here to enjoy as well.
T. A. Daniel
Bowie's voice still sounds amazing and the music itself is great.

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67 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 12, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is a very good David Bowie album, in my view. It's a great relief to say it, because when some of the gods of my youth have returned in...well...late middle age after a long absence the results have not always been very good, to say the least. Here, Bowie shows that he is still a major songwriting and performing talent and that he still has a genuine edge.

We have had a little time now to digest the track Where Are We Now? and to assess its true merit now that the "Blimey!" factor following its surprise release has worn off a bit. I still think that it's a very good song indeed. I did worry that some of the fragile, almost-out-of-tune vocal wasn't a deliberate effect but the voice of a man who can't quite sing as he used to, but - thank heavens - I was quite wrong. It is followed on the album by Valentine's Day, a track which wouldn't have been out of place on Aladdin Sane and which Bowie sings superbly, and there's plenty of other evidence here that he's still got it.

The songs seem to me to be vintage Bowie. There is the full gamut from singable, rocky tunes like Valentine's Day, through lovely tender songs like Where Are We Now? to the almost tuneless and weird-rhythmed If You Can See Me, with plenty in between. He certainly hasn't settled into a comfortable rut in middle age - If You Can See Me has joined my list of Almost Unlistenable Bowie Tracks and I'm delighted to see that he is still prepared to challenge and unsettle his audience even if personally I don't like the result.

The lyrics, of course, are complex, allusive and often elusive.
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175 of 211 people found the following review helpful By s.t. on March 12, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Finally, at long last, Bowie fans can say this sentence and actually mean it: "This is his best work since Scary Monsters." I'm talking of course about The Next Day, David's first album in ten years.

Of course, some fans will balk at such a statement. What about Outside (1995)? Or Heathen (2002)? It's true that those are notable later period Bowie releases. Outside is a criminally underappreciated work, just overflowing with moments of madcap brilliance, and Heathen is a smart consolidation of many of David's strengths as a pop songwriter. But even acknowledging that Outside is willfully difficult, it needs trimming. Its length and jumbled nature ensured that only the most die-hard of fans would come to recognize its merits. And Heathen is a nice showcase of his music at its most pretty and good-humored, but it lacks the passion and drama of Bowie at his most inspired. Not to mention the cynicism that colors his best work, from Space Oddity to Scary Monsters, has been in short supply ever since Outside was dismissed as a desperate attempt to stay relevant.

So now, after decades of mixed reviews and misguided reinvention, we have a DB album that, like Outside, channels the cracked genius of his classic albums--especially Heroes, Lodger, and Scary Monsters--yet also boasts a restraint in concept and production that serves to invite listeners instead of scaring them away. It's an art rock album that can be appreciated as such. Hence, the first Bowie album since Scary Monsters that most fans will agree is excellent.

How excellent? Well, The Next Day doesn't have the standout hits of Scary Monsters' (or its unhinged vocal acrobatics), but I think it equals or perhaps even betters an album like Lodger.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By T. Carper on March 14, 2013
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After reading s.t.'s review, I am not sure I can add in any way to what was written. His review was remarkably thorough.

That said, I originally debated between 4 and 5 stars for this album. My dilemma was simple: "Do I compare this album with David Bowie's past classics?" No, I think that would be a little unfair. Music has changed and so has Bowie. Rather, I believe it is best to compare the album with the music that is current or at least music from the last ten years. Comparing this to "current" rock albums, the genre it mostly aligns, this is a five star album.

Granted it is not an album for everyone. Still no album is. I give little credence to those who criticize this album for not being like today's "pop". Bowie's music is not "pop" nor is trying to be. Those in tuned to music mainstream will likely be disappointed.

Musically its style is often discordant with heavy guitar riffs, orchestral swills, and drum and bass beats. At times it takes an 180 degree turn and goes into an acoustic strip down. This can be disheartening to those unfamiliar with Bowie who may not understand these transitions.

It is an emotional album, but not the same sense as one might consider. It emotions are those that reside deeper into the spirit of the human condition. These are the dark emotions we often try to keep hidden and certainly do not sing about. The album is not about love, romance, happiness or subjects that dominate today's radio mainstay. Isolation, alienation, war, misunderstanding, and revenge are themes on this album. Mixed with cryptic lyrics with uses of references to history, philosophy and culture one has to think when listening. Not always a pleasant experience when I am looking just for relaxation.
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