My first introduction to David Bowie was with this album and Let's Dance, so there's sentimental value for me in Tonight. I first saw him performing on HBO's Tina Turner concert in 1985, where he sang "Tonight" and "Let's Dance."
Well, naturally, the former song is present on this album, and yes, Tina has some vocal duty here as well.
The contrasting times of the Middle East are portrayed in "Loving The Alien," which is good in the single version, but here, it's in its full resplendent 7:09 glory. From the times of the Crusaders, who were promised a place in heaven for fighting the Saracens, to "Palestine being a modern problem," (it is something poignantly topical to this day), we see a Middle East ruled by "terror in a best laid plan."
"Don't Look Down" is a song with the aura of having a leisurely walk down the streets of uncrowded London, if that's at all possible. I've always liked his singing in a lower register, which he does for ballads, and his cover of the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" is a perfect example of that.
There's a little bit of everything here. The hard rock of "Neighborhood Threat," the 50's rock-and-roll of Leiber and Stoller's "I Keep Forgettin'," and the lazy calypso rhythms of "Tumble And Twirl." I can almost taste the akee and tamarind juice listening to this latter song.
The irresistible single "Blue Jean" is the highlight here, with Carlos Alomar's guitars never more effective.
Bowie is in a unique category of artists who keeps changing with each album..., and that's what makes him legendary...Who will like this album? Bowie fans, because their tastes are the union of those mutually exclusive sets. And I'm proud to say, I'm one of them.