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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.
Expectations have long been the mixed blessing of David Bowie's illustrious, if at times frustrating career. Whether he addresses the inherent paradoxes of his own chameleonic past on this loose concept album (or, given his statements arguing that there's "not any ultimate reality," is it anti concept?) is almost beside the point: The real glue that holds it together is the renewed strength of Bowie's songwriting. If his success at reinvention arguably went off the rails sometime between the dance-club affectations of Let's Dance and Tin Machine's noisy, overweening art-rock, he continues the renewed embrace of basics heralded by Heathen here. Not surprisingly that album's producer, Tony Visconti, has returned, framing Bowie's muscular efforts in ever more ambitious and far-ranging productions that paradoxically echo both Bowie's modern Manhattan roots and his 60's-70's musical prime (an era during which Visconti was often a key collaborator). Be they oblique, if cutting commentaries on current geo-politics (the Low/Heroes-era evoking "New Killer Star," "Fall Dog Bombs the Moon" and "Looking For Water"), surprising cover choices (Jonathan Richman's "Pablo Picasso" all dizzy and beefed-up; a suitably grand, Wall-of-Sound recreation of Ronnie Spector's obscure, George Harrison-penned "Try Some, Buy Some") or more personal concerns (the vaguely Incan "Days"; the rhythmic Low-isms of "Never Get Old"), Bowie's work here is powered by a renewed sense of dramatic focus and musical purpose that's refreshingly free of the shackles of fashion and self-imposed reinvention. It's true you can't go home again; but damned if Bowie hasn't found his most compelling music in decades trying. --Jerry McCulley
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That said, this is a very good production from Bowie. Nothing jaw-dropping (though Pablo Picasso might come as a shock to Modern Lovers fans), but not boring either. Given that the album's music has more of a "live" sound, it's not surprising that the 5.1 mix is pretty straight forward. There's a few songs where the drums and effects are spread out to the surrounds, but Bowie's voice mostly stays center. Sounds good though.
Absolutely worth buying, this album is good for much exploration on the listener's part.
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this is another one of those artists that i have a great deal of admiration for, he's always changing his style. Read more
Being a huge fan of Bowie, I was looking so forward to his follow up to Heathen which was such a classic Bowie album. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2004 by Walter Goodman
Not really one of my favorite of Bowie's music. It is still very good though. I'm just more into her earlier works.
I admit though that I do listen to his older albums more.
this is the type of album that upon first listening to it my thought was that it wasnt as good as heathen, but upon repeated listens it really is a stonger album. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by ageofanxiety
2002's "Heathen" was the beacon on the mountain for Bowie fans who hoped the eloquent and moving minimalism of 1999's "Hours" was not just an aberration on the... Read morePublished on June 26 2004 by Gianmarco Manzione
This album is fantastic. It marks another long leap forward since the collossal WTF of "Outside". Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by Charles Morgan
I think it's about time I get used to the fact that Bowie isn't going to be producing anything as good as 'Hunky Dory' or 'Low' or 'Ziggy Stardust,' probably ever.
OK. Read more
This is definitely the best album David Bowie has put out since Let's Dance in the 1970's. It sounds a little bit more like his 70's-80's era stuff than 2002's pretty badly done... Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Melting_Pot
It always baffles me when, going to a Bowie concert, the fans stomp and yell for all of the old hits and then hardly acknowledge the greatness of Bowie's work over the past 15... Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by Dale DeBakcsy