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Audio, Cassette, Original recording reissued, May 1, 1992
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Some would argue that this is the last great Bowie album, and certainly his only great album of the '80s. While it lacked the bite of its punk brethren at the time, it appealed to some fans of that genre and to middle-of-the-road rockers as well. Muscular playing met with no-frills production, and the product as a whole was infused with a gloriously arty style. "It's No Game (Part I)" opens the album, and is sung in Japanese, and "It's No Game (Part II)" closes, in English. New York punker Tom Verlaine even contributed a track ("Kingdom Come"), and "Scream Like a Baby" tells a dark and violent story with a howl. The drug-oriented "Ashes to Ashes" confesses that Major Tom was a junky while sounding all sleek and alluring, and the dance floor hit "Fashion" took aim at its very subject. The crowning jewel is the title track, with Robert Fripp's guitar ripping the place up at a relentless pace. It's been a long time since Bowie sounded this inspired. --Lorry Fleming
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released another blockbuster album in 1980 that found him returning to the conv-
entional rock and roll medium while maintaining the electronica edge of his Berlin
days as he took yet another striking momentum in his trend-setting music career.
Scary Monsters is a spellbinding landmark masterpiece that highly showcases an
encapsulation of his artistic experimentations from the 1970's that reworks glam-
rock themes with avant-garde synthesizers that are backed by uplifting flourishes
and reversing the processes to create dense, highly accessible music by creating
a stylish caliber phase for his music. Beginning with the compelling instrumental
opening track It's No Game, the high voltage track set proceed with other classic
songs including Up To The Hill Backwards, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps),
Ashes To Ashes, Fashion, Kingdom Come, and Because They're Young. Hailed
by many as his masterpiece, Scary Monsters is headed by world class musician-
ship, first rate excellence and complex melodies, as it introduced him to The New
Wave Movement and the Euro-dance circuit in the early-1980's. There are even
several guest appearances that include arranger Chuck Hammer who add to the
multiple layers he gives to the guitar-synth background, while Robert Fripp make
his return to the band and The Who's Pete Townsend also gives his guitar-driven
cameo role on Because You're Young. While the music is not quite far removed
from the post-Punk Rock of the early-1980's, it highly showcases a sound that is
fresh, hip, fascinating and contemporary that he did to near-perfection, which will
always remain as visually timeless as ever.
So is there a good reason to say that any Bowie album today is and I quaote 'his best since 'Scary Monsters'?Well there is-this album ushered Bowie into the era of the music video (Fasion and Ashes To Ashes both have their own clips-worth searching for) and everything on this album has a particularly timeless quality.Because of his clout Bowie knew he'd succeed no matter what so he committed himself to his own artistic vision rather then to being ultra trendy.In fact as is the case here he went out of his way to mock those trends when he could.By far his most consistant album of this decade.