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4.0 out of 5 stars Out of time, but never out of place, April 26, 2008
This review is from: Tin Machine (Audio CD)
Even by the standards of the chameleon-like David Bowie this was an unexpected move: eschewing his increasingly mainstream solo career, forming a hard-rock band to play in small clubs, and recording an album that was less about 'concept' and more about improvisation. That he did so at the end of the 1980s makes it doubly surprising: the sound Tin Machine generated was, depending on how you look at it, 10 years too late or 5-10 years too early. After all, 1989 was the year in which the biggest hits were a weepy from Phil Collins and a power ballad from The Bangles. Enough said. But Bowie always seems to be standing outside of time, when he isn't utterly defining it, so that's hardly a surprise. What is surprising is that the first album that grew out of this experiment was and still is a tremendously enjoyable one. Playful, sharp, by turns stirring and dark, these are 14 hard-rock tracks about love, fame and especially drugs. Energetic guitarist Reeves Gabrels playfully pulls out a dozen classic rock riffs and then invents a few more. The Sales brothers' rhythm section is superb. As always, Bowie's vocals are top-notch. Tim Palmer's production and mixing are a good match for the band: the sound is exceptionally crisp and clear; I like the depth, and the fact that the vocal isn't always foregrounded; Gabrels is clearly the star here, but his playing isn't allowed to overwhelm the others. The surprise hit single "Under the God" still stands up today, as does most of the album. Other standout tracks include "Prisoner of Love" and a particularly savage cover of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero". What I like most about this album is that it sounds like four exceptionally skilled rock musicians having fun together. They don't really care what's popular. They don't really care if we listen. They're just doing what they enjoy - and that always plays.
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