Heathen can easily hold its own with the best of Bowies seventies output, in fact it might even be his greatest achievement. All 12 songs are at the very least 'good'...standout cuts include 'Slip Away', 'Slow Burn', '5:15 Angels Have Gone". Heathen has a wonderful resonance and a magificent sense of world weariness, a mood that runs from start to finish. Bowie's lyrics are wistful, Bowie's singing is superb, the arrangements are exquisite, Visconti's production is absolutely perfect and there are some fine musical contributions from Pete Townshend and Dave Grohl. Even the two covers on the album 'Cactus' by the Pixies and 'I've Been Waiting For You' by Neil Young are wonderful. Meanwhile the bonus disc which comes with the deluxe edition includes a simply devasting remake of 'Conversation Piece' an old old Bowie song.
I cannot recommend Heathen highly enough...Bowie is a genius, you must purchase this album (buy ...hours, Earthling, 1.Outside while you're at it too - they're great as well)