The Next Day
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Deluxe digipak edition includes three bonus tracks. 2013 album from the legendary Rock chameleon, his first studio album in ten years and his 30th studio recording. The album was produced by long-term collaborator Tony Visconti and was recorded in New York. In recent years, radio silence has been broken only by endless speculation, rumor and wishful thinking. A new record: who would have ever thought it? After all, David is the kind of artist who writes and performs what he wants when he wants: when he has something to say as opposed to something to sell. Today, he definitely has something to say. Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie despite his extraordinary track record that includes album sales in excess of 130 million; not to mention his massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration, and social commentary. It goes without saying that he has sold out stadiums and broken ticket records throughout the world during this most influential of careers.
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The Thin White Emperor of the musical universe released another mind-blower. Another enthralling masterpiece of musical enchantment.
THE NEXT DAY was a hypnotic chant, supposedly about a tyrannical ancient monarch. The chorus still sticks in my brain.
DIRTY BOYS -- melodic, sexy, and jazzy. A winner all the way
THE STARS ARE OUT TONIGHT -- a clever, Tin-Machine-esque ode to celebrity culture.
LOVE IS LOST -- Sultry and heartfelt and proof that The Gentleman has still got it.
WHERE ARE WE NOW -- a dreamy and enthralling reminiscence of Bowie's stint in Berlin during the '70s
VALENTINE'S DAY -- Nothing to do with the holiday, or with sweethearts, this is a stick-in-the-brain ballad of teenage gun violence.
IF YOU CAN SEE ME -- A spacey tune with poetic lyrics (a glowing example -- "children swarm like thousands of bugs") more than a little reminiscent of 1.Outside
I'D RATHER BE HIGH -- Anti-war ballad with a faintly psychedelic feel
BOSS OF ME -- A standout! Hypnotic melodies and truly poetic lyrics, and Mr. Bowie's exquisite voice. This one would not be out of place on Heathen or Reality.
DANCING OUT IN SPACE -- Catchy and danceable and another highlight of the disc.
HOW DOES THE GRASS GROW -- Anti-war rocker whose danceworthy tempo contrasts brilliantly with the make-you-think lyrics.
YOU WILL SET THE WORLD ON FIRE -- A work of brilliance and enchantment that would be perfectly at home on Bowie's often-overlooked classic NEVER LET ME DOWN
YOU FEEL SO LONELY YOU COULD DIE -- Heartfelt and enthralling, one can almost feel Mr. Bowie's pain
HEAT -- Majestic, beautiful and dark, reminds one of a cut from 1.Outside
SO SHE -- Uptempo love song that kind of sounds like it belongs on Black Tie White Noise. I wonder if the "she" refered to is the Thin White Emperor's exotically beautiful consort, Iman
PLAN -- A riveting, otherworldly instrumental not unlike a selection from Low or Heroes.
I'LL TAKE YOU THERE -- An eminently danceable rock-out that is impossible not to start grooving to, even if it's in your chair.
This is music to dance by, to romance by, to think by, and mainly, to have your mind blown by. I recommend it highly and it's proof that fans and listeners will still swarm like thousands of bugs toward the brand of musical enchantment that Mr. Bowie provides.
Anyway, here we are with this new album, ten years down the road and I'm wrong again. He delivered.......Everybody's got an opinion on what his best is.....and I say, come on now. Not many artists can take a ten year hiatus and come back with a work of art like this. This is art, and it's entertaining. He's got such a great imagination and like all of his art there are some stunning moments. Even though he's still in outer space he's come back down to walk the dead. Like most artists, he has a fear of death and wonder of life and it permeates his music with mystery and adventure but now it's for real and he is rocking on....dig it. Later we die....
A word about Tony Visconti. I think he is one of the greatest producers, ever. His work with Bowie, and Alejandro Escovedo, and Morrissey and others is terrific. He doesn't get in the way of the artist and brings out their best. He's done it here again. Bowie has surrounded himself with some fantastic musicians on this one, like all of his albums. Love the cover and Bowie's street tough survivor look on the portrait inside...
There are a lot of good reviews here, check 'em out. I'm glad Bowie returned........enjoy it.
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. However, I know there are other Bowie albums fit that bill better.
Would I recommend this album? If you like Bowie, classic rock, complex and layered compositions, and intellectually challenging lyrics, then yes, this album will sit well. If you want music that is catchy, easy to sing and filled with mainstream familiarity and happiness, then no.