2 decades ago, david bowie released Tonight, the follow up to his blockbuster classic, 1983's let's dance. But by the time his Let's Dance / Tonight period arose, his songwriting began to slip.
Sadly, Tonight equals none of the material on Let's Dance, with the exception of the single "Blue Jean". Loving the Alien and I Keep Forgettin' come close, but the rest of the album seems unnecessarily moapy compared to the enthusiasm and sonic textures of Let's Dance. Producer Hugh Padgham has a different sound that fits Genesis (and Phil Collins) far more naturally than Bowie. "Neighborhood Threat" for example, feels more like a lost b-side to Genesis' self titled effort in 1983. That's not to say that Let's Dance had some sort of important theme or historical signifance, but the music "seemed" more important.
If anything good can be said about it, Tonight is one of Bowie's more interesting albums, like an attempt to limit the size of his audience.
Many critics tossed off Tonight as an album constructed of too many song covers.
Only die hard Bowie fans will care to own Tonight. Although it's undoubtedly an influential album for modern punk and industrial crowds, Tonight is really unmemorable, as it presents us with Bowie in his weakest form.