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David BOWIE Diamond Dogs CD
George Orwell's classic tale of totalitarianism, 1984, was the inspiration for a project that David Bowie hoped would further solidify his standing as a rock visionary. Bowie was a natural artist to helm a musical companion to Orwell's allegory, since his own music exhibits an innate alienation. The concept ultimately broke down, but the music didn't. "Rebel Rebel" has become a rock staple, while "Sweet Thing," "Candidate," and the forthright yet experimental title track (Bowie as puppet master) offer additional highlights. Still, despite such benchmarks and its conceptual flaws, Diamond Dogs is best listened to as a thematic collection. --Rob O'Connor
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constructed alien alter ego Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, he had took
a radical and different music phase in 1974 with this rivetingly blockbuster album, as
well as a world tour to promote it. Highlighted by blistering guitar solos, high voltage
sound, hard-hitting performances and cut-and-paste lyrics that sticks extremely well,
Diamond Dogs is a showstopping masterpiece which shout with vitality and deliver a
compelling rock experience that blasts through the heart of ecstasy. Beginning with
towering ‘future introduction’ live track entry, the rousing track set proceed extremely
well with absolute exhilaration with other classic songs like Sweet Thing, the gender-
bending rock anthem Rebel Rebel (a classic rebellious hit for the LGBT community),
the jubilent Rock ‘N’ Roll With Me, Big Brother and Alternate Candidate, while Bowie
throws down the R&B funk on 1984 and Dodo. Well-conceived as a concept based
on George Orwell’s 1984 that would evolve into another of his paranoid future night-
mares (compared to his fractured paranoid evocation of a decaying future echoed in
apocalyptic nuclear dread from Ziggy Stardust), what you even get on the expanded
edition of Diamond Dogs are several alternate takes for the title track and Alternate
Candidate as they give this timeless masterwork the finishing touch it truly deserves.
Diamond Dogs and Joe's Garage by Frank Zappa are two very similar albums in terms of concept. Also, if you notice the ending of both albums, they go out with a repeat.
Future Legend - 6/10
A spoken intro, depicting a dark apocalyptic view of the future ahead of us. Disturbing dialogue mixed with eerie music and children's voices leads the listener up to the next track.
Diamond Dogs - 9/10
The albums title track starts off as sort of a hypnotic zombie style march, but then quickly shoots of into sort of a jazzy rock song about the Diamond Dogs, who are presumably one of two things. Ghoulish blood sucking woman... or Ghoulish blood sucking whores. Either way, this track is really snazzy. Cool saxophone parts included.
Sweet Thing - 9/10
Here is a very touching song. It starts off with slow with some cool sound effects, but then we are left to piano, vocals and some nice distorted guitar. The song sings about dark sexual desire. Almost like a theme song for prostitution this song really pulls at the heart. Very emotional song.
Candidate - 8/10
This song is part of a medley. Continued from the last song. Similar tune even. This song is about dirty politicians and government scandals and cover ups. Nice sax and guitar work done on this tune.
Sweet Thing (Reprise) - 8/10
Continued from the last two tracks, we have the reprise of Sweet Thing. The song is the same (more emotional singing by David) and there is some added instrumental, which showcases the wild experimental side of album's composition.
Rebel Rebel - 10/10
Here we have Rebel Rebel. One of Bowie's greatest radio friendly hits. It was his second biggest hit since "Space Oddity". Everyone has heard this song on the rock and roll stations, without a doubt (You'd know it if you heard it). This song is pretty much a rock anthem for falling in love with the bad girl. You want her, you need her, but she is such a bad ***. Intro guitar riff is quite possibly one of the best from the 70's. Great song to party to.
Rock N' Roll With Me - 9/10
Here is a lesser known song. But a great one nonetheless. A sing-a-long anthem for rock and roll. Piano based song, great swaying tempo. Awesome reverb on the guitar parts. All round a wonderful, upbeat rock song.
We Are The Dead - 7.5/10
Here is where we can see the novel "1984"s influence start creeping in. This song reflects upon the mood of the classic book. People having no control on their lives, and having to live every moment under careful watch of the government power figures. Nothing fancy about this song. Fits well with the mood of the album.
1984 - 10/10
Here it is folks. Pre-Disco, DISCO. This song is a swinging dance song. Reminds me a bit of "Dancing Queen" by ABBA meets "Thriller" By Michael Jackson. A very flashy song based on Orwell's brilliant novel about government control. Moreso a disco funk song than a rocker. Brilliant, regardless.
Big Brother - 9/10
Another song based directly on the novel. This song is about the influence of the government ("Big Brother" was the name of the power figure in the novel. The quote "Big Brother Is Watching You" was of vital importance to the novel, as it represented the ever watching eye over your every day life.). This song pretty much rocks about being controlled and manipulated by the higher powers. A very interesting song that ends up sounding really good.
Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family - 8/10
The album closes off with a strange outro, similar to the intro...This time, much like an event in the novel, all that we can hear is the chanting of "BIG BROTHER". Cool music accompanies this and the album fades off.
Overall Rating - 8.5/10