Hours . . . Enhanced
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MP3 Music, March 23, 2004
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Every single song on Hours is good and I would rate each one as 4 stars, but no classic 5 star songs. He was happily married, clean and sober, and at the top of his game. The music on this release reflects this mood. So why was it not too successful in sales? Probably for the inclusion of the song called "The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell". Many of those old Ziggy/Alladin Sane fans refuse to let go with the characters from his strung out days. This song clearly ticked off those fans, but it was also announcing his permanent break with the past. He was an actor who always produced music to keep his fans on their toes. Some of those old fans would rather see him still suffering at this point in his career just to satisfy their own need for an idol that they can identify with, which is quite selfish. I should not have listened to those fans when this was first released. If you want to hear a happy David Bowie, then this record is for you.
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.
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.
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Waited patiently for this album to be re-released! The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell is my favorite. Another one of the many great Bowie albums.Published 5 days ago by Karen G.
Wasn't really a Bowie devotee so I paid little or no attention to most of his albums when they were released. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jojo Allen
The cover speaks compassion, wait till you spin it up. Be amazed.Published 3 months ago by KentBohlma
The sound is good, but the quality of the cover art is a shame. It seems to be a poor enlarged scan of the CD cover without even a basic editing to correct the blurry, yellowish... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bene
This album is possibly the most important album for the Internet. It was in Omikron, and it's the first album ever by a major artist to be readily available online to buy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Brian Sheridan
This album is a fraud!. Friday Music should be ashamed to put out such terrible cover art. Blurry art on the cover! Not pleased!Published 4 months ago by Shan Casey