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David Bowie releases new album!
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11 January 2013
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There's something very reassuring about a new David Bowie album.

In my formative years, I had a vintage copy of 'Circus' magazine which listed what they called the best hard rock albums of all time.  Near the top was this album with this nutty 'Ziggy Stardust' name.  So I bought an old vinyl copy at a used record store with my paper route money.  And the rest is history...

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Just reading about this exhibit. Hope it comes to the US.

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Mmmm... new Bowie... I'm still trying to make up my mind on it...

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20 November 2015
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God that was a very nicely produced and performed mess. Is he still trying to make a followup to Outside?

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21 November 2015
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On first hearing that song is dire. I'll vote it a miss.

Going away from the exact topic I went thru a period of listening to Bowie a couple of years ago. I've never returned. Just doesnt appeal or hit any note.

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21 November 2015
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It's certainly a damn weird choice as the first single from his upcoming album. If he thinks this is the single, I don't have high hopes for what the rest of the album is going to be like.

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21 November 2015
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I do fear its going to be something Outside-y, the concept grabbed me for a moment but there was only a few good songs on it, and I can see why Eno might have blanched at another three album trilogy. But let's be fair, it's usually the record companies idea of a single which might mean far better songs than this one.

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21 November 2015
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I liked that song, actually.  It seems kind of an odd choice for a single, though.

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21 November 2015
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Not in the case of someone like Bowie, @ewe2. It's only really in the pop field and early on in careers where the record companies call the shots. Someone like Bowie has complete artistic control over their work, and they decide what's going to be a single. That this is the single is definitely his decision.

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21 November 2015
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Oh dear then. He didn't always have that control, but he clearly doesn't know what to do with it in this case. Oh, he's releasing the album on his 69th birthday, that's creative control right there 😀

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21 November 2015
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Its good and Bowie should be encouraged for not doing something regular. Too many artists sit in the same box with every release. 

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21 November 2015
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So you no longer think it's dire and vote it a miss, @meanmistermustard? Myself, I definitely don't think it works as a single (though it may within context of the album), and the video makes me uncomfortable. It'll be interesting to see what @Joe and @Zig make of it.

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I meant its good that Mr Bowie hasnt just recorded tracks that sound like what everyone would expect a Bowie track/album to sound like, instead he has went down a different path. For that he should be commended.

The song itself is not to my taste and I have zero desire to hear it ever again.

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Not knocking his creative control either, but that song is still a mess. He usually has an interesting album track or two for me though. I thought this song was definitely worthy of a sequel:

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Ron Nasty said
So you no longer think it's dire and vote it a miss, @meanmistermustard? Myself, I definitely don't think it works as a single (though it may within context of the album), and the video makes me uncomfortable. It'll be interesting to see what @ joe and @ zig make of it.

I haven't listened to it yet - will give it t listen soon. TBH, I haven't been too impressed with David since the late 70's. I don't think I've liked a whole album from him since Heroes. In general, his work since then just isn't to my liking.

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I've only listened to it once, and thought it was excellent. I found The Next Day a bit stodgy - fairly unremarkable, unsurprising and straightforward. This is much more like the experimental Bowie of old. And the long length and multi-part format reminded me of Station To Station, which is never a bad thing.

I didn't like the last single, Sue/Whore, all that much, and they're on the album, so I have mixed feelings about Blackstar. But if the rest of it sounds more like the title track then I'll be happy.

@Zig No love for Scary Monsters? Some of his later albums have been very good too - Heathen in particular. But he'll probably never come close to his 1970s peak. How could he?

Personally I'd love to see James Murphy produce a Bowie album. LCD Soundsystem had enough Bowieish moments to show that it could work fantastically well, and they were both on Arcade Fire's Reflektor.

Edit: I forgot that Murphy had also remixed Love Is Lost from The Next Day. They should definitely work more together.

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