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Smash Hit 1983 album featuring 'Modern Love' ,'China Girl', 'Let's Dance' & 'Cat People'.
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
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rich spectacular music career, David Bowie again set the music world ablaze with
this highly praised album in 1983 after signing his record contract with EMI where
he summed up his maverick tendencies and world class showmanship right after
the international success of Scary Monsters. Highlighted by it’s stylish production
and featuring Chic bassist Nile Rodgers as co-producer, Let’s Dance became yet
another blockbuster hit as Bowie create a fascinating synthesizer and saxophone
driven post-disco sound which was equally informed by a superb set of elements
consisting rock and roll, classic soul and the New Romantic Era, which was even
heavily co-inspired by Bowie himself. Beginning on the fast forward-driven audio
attack of the skittering chart-topping opening track Modern Life, the track set pro-
cede with absolute force on other upbeat songs such as the menacing China Girl
(another huge hit for him), Ricochet, Cat People (Putting Out Fires), Shake It and
the funk-driven title track. As one of the great landmark CD’s of the 1980’s, Let’s
Dance features a high-rocking music background that features catchy accessible
pop songs which have enough of a cutting edge mastery to make this one a truly
distinguished work of art. What even contributed to it’s success is how it features
an appearance by blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan whom he provide the
electric guitar back-up, and EMI- Parlophone should also include the bonus track
Crystal Japan. Let’s Dance will remain as timeless and truly fascinating as ever.
Coming off the experimentation of Bowie's 'Berlin Phase' (Scary Monsters, Low, Dodger), "Let's Dance" is an absolute revelation. Bowie gives in to a more accessible delivery and songwriting style without abandoning some of the lyrical eclecticism that made him (in)famous during the previous decade. Gone are most of the androgynous posing of 'the Thin White Duke' and 'Ziggy Stardust'. Bowie seems serious about cementing his legend more on the strength of his songcraft and less on the glam posturings of his 1970s personas. Most songs in the album are pure pop gems, far above the dreary, derivative, disposable and inane dribble that often permeates the pop charts. 'China Girl', 'Modern Love', 'Lets Dance' and the underrated 'Ricochet' are superb. Even the lesser known (and better IMO) version of 'Cat People' has stood the test of time.
This is an essential recording of the 1980s.