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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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This is a grown up rock and roll album, there isn't anything gimmicky or trendy about it. The lyrics are thoughtful, playful, poetic,and emotive, exactly what you would expect from Bowie. This is an album I can play 10 years from now, and it will still sound current. Bowie is a good singer, but not a great one, and I'm surprised and pleased at how well his voice has held up over the years. It's like he is bringing a main course and everyone else is finger food.
"The Stars are Out Tonight" is one the best crafted songs I've heard in a very, very long time. I love it. I admire Bowie for not doing any press or making Twitter and Facebook posts, too, he is from a different time and his actions reflect that maturity.
If you are a Bowie fan, you probably already have it. If you are over -cough- 45 and think you might like it, get it. If your idea of a good singer is Justin Bieber, it's not for you, but you might like to listen to a real musician make great music.
While Heroes is artsy and experimental, The Next Day is stolid and rooted in the past. Heroes functions as a tour-de-force of punk meets prog sensibility, pop artistry, and a core of exploration, pushing boundaries. The Next Day comes across as an exhibition of Bowie's underexplored influences. From the 50's rock touches of `Valentine's Day' and `How Does the Grass Grow' to the hard rock of `(You Will) Set The World On Fire' the album acts as an aural museum exhibiting bits and pieces of Bowie's oeuvre.
Standout tracks include `The Stars (Are Out Tonight)' and the title opener. These are as good as anything Bowie has released. Also, `Dancing Out In Space' fuses strange harmonies around a Country & Western framework. It's vintage Bowie - combining elements, borrowing two or three different ideas nearly inventing a separate genre. This is Bowie's modus operandi - brilliance and moments of WTF?. Such as the U2-esque opening of the prog rock adventure `If You Can See Me'.
Usually, it works somehow. The one questionable track is `I'd Rather Be High', which would have been fine as a bonus track. But, it's anti-war, pro-drug neo-psychedelic vibe and Eastern-influenced guitar figure don't show much of the creativity we expect from Bowie.
The Star Man, The Thin White Duke. The lyric "I tell myself, I don't know who I am," from the closing track `Heat' fits nicely in retrospect. Still, the line `my father ran the prison' reveals some deeper story. This is Bowie's strongest weakness: oblique narration. Emotional delivery of a veiled story making little connection outside an intellectual knowledge of the context somehow revealed later. It's intriguing for those who like a puzzle, but has always left him somewhat out of the mainstream. It's like transmissions from a civilization on a parallel existence.
Mr. Jones has carefully chosen `Heroes' as the foil against which the `The Next Day', his first album in 10 years, functions. While `Heroes' established Bowie as a sultan of art-rock, along with collaborator Brian Eno, The Next Day, sans Eno, sounds more like the sum of Bowie's musical career. If you're a fan of Bowie or just a fan of music, this is a good album to have in your collection.