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  • LP Record (Jan. 8 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada - Distribution
  • ASIN: B017VORJLA
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 167 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Blackstar
2. Tis a Pity She Was a Whore [Explicit]
3. Lazarus
4. Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)
5. Girl Loves Me [Explicit]
6. Dollar Days
7. I Can't Give Everything Away

Product Description

★ (pronounced “Blackstar”) is David Bowie’s 28th studio album and his first since stunning the world in 2013 with the critically acclaimed ‘The Next Day’. The release date for ★ coincides with David’s birthday. The album’s title track is the first single, and is accompanied by a short film visual by the acclaimed director Johan Renck. Music from the ★ single has been featured in the opening title credits and trailers for the new TV series The Last Panthers. The series, also directed by Johan Renck, began airing across Europe in late-October, 2015, and will premiere in the U.S. on SundanceTV in Spring, 2016.


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I do not think I am qualified to review or assess the work of David Bowie. This final album of his is personal and intense. I have been a fan of his since my youth and I have found each album brought us a slightly different Bowie. This Bowie is somber, intense and thought provoking yet vulnerable. The instruments showcased and how he mixed them with his voice is truly epic. I found there is not a song I didn't like on this album, although my current favourites are "Lazarus", " I can't give everything away" and "Dollar days". Bowie left his family and fans behind a musical legacy and it is obvious he knew his time was near when he created Blackstar. The physical record itself has a beautiful covering and came in excellent shape.
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Bowie's last album is actually as good as the hype around his untimely death. It is highly experimental, and lets us hear Bowie make the best music he can given his illness, pop music culture be damned. This is certainly his best work since Scary Monsters. Highlights include Blackstar, 'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore, and Lazarus. Death seems to be a theme that pops up throughout the record, especially on Blackstar and Lazarus. The music in each song shows Bowie stretching himself musically, and sounds like it might fit into his Heroes/Low/Lodger phase. A very worthy coda for a brilliant musician and songwriter.
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Very solid pressing of this splendid offering Mr. Bowie left us before his passing. If you are a Bowie fan, this is a must. Great recording, great pressing and very nice presentation. A must in any decent record collectioné
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"Blackstar" may well be Bowie's finest recording in over 20 years and as his final release it's great to see him as daring as ever and blazingly brilliant, right to the end. As I listen to it over and over again ( it's a surprisingly short 41+ minutes only ) it grows on me like crazy. Compared to his previous "comeback" album of 2013, this one seems a bit more focused. "Blackstar" seems to have taken aspects of that album, mixed with it dashes from that last few recordings since '99, added brilliant new strokes and wrought them all into an album of striking contrasts and powerfully choreographed intention. Considering that his health had take a final turn for the worst, he shows impressive vitality on these seven fabulous tracks. In fact "Blackstar" was done in full knowledge of his immanent demise and all those involved with the project kept it very quiet, Bowie's long time friend and producer, Tony Visconti, revealed. The "Lazarus" video, essentially telling the story of his these last days, will stand for a very long time as a visceral and fearless look at the man beaten down and wasted by disease and still working hard on ideas, getting them down, thinking and creating. He retreats in the end, after alternating paroxysms of physical collapse and unimpeded artistic inspiration, in one of his "Station to Station" costumes, creeping backwards into the armoir and closing it softly as he disappears into the dark. Only David Bowie would have the will, the inspiration and the commitment to make such a powerfully intense piece of art.

Lyrically he's at his best, the shadow of death bringing even more poignancy to his words.
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Black Star is as his longtime friend and producer Tony Visconti David's departure gift that he decided to leave for his fans. Since he receive the news that he had cancer 18 months earlier. Only a few of his closest friends knew he was recording Blackstar during that time,David even asked Visconti to keep the recordings in secret before the announcement of the album's release. Bowies Generosity towards his fans was known in the music industry and proven here that before David said goodbye for 1 last time he wanted us the receive his final gift...What a great gesture :D faith thanked David by allowing him to live 2 days after the release of his record. The influences of jazz tempos, saxophone grooves, keyboard strong beats and slow guitar are ever present on Blackstar. The song Blackstar from a non-bowie fan perspective could be viewed as 3 songs into 1 that's how brilliant that song is. Lazarus is the strong that really talks about David's life and final moment. like the lyrics '' Look up here, i'm in Heaven. i've got scars that can't be seen '' he also plays the groovy Fender guitar on this song !! Thank you David your gift is Gold like you !!!
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Obviously Bowie knew the end was near.Almost sounds like chanting you would hear in a temple or some other mystical venue.Listened to it 3 times.With exception of the final cut(7 I believe)very average.Not at all what I hoped or expected.
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It will always be difficult to look at this album without thinking of Bowie's passing (like "Double Fantasy" by John Lennon is). Lot's of times we make those last records, by artist of Bowie's stature, into masterpieces they don't deserve to be. But in this case the record really is as good as people are making it out to be. I received my copy on release day and had a chance to spend the weekend with it before my perspective on the record would change. This record is very much an amalgation of his past work but somehow it also manages to stay fresh. You can hear the sax style so prominate on his "Black Tie White Noise" album but you can also hear it as logical exstention of his last three records (all 4 (including this one) were produced by long time off and on again producer Tony Visconti). Don't get me wrong Bowie was not repeating himself, this record sounds original ( because it is) but I hear this album as the perfect farewell and summation of an incredible body of work. I don't think Bowie could have made a better goodbye album for his fans. I just want to point something out, the fact that Bowie could take his terminal illness and turn it into a peice of art is a testament to how great this artist was. To take his own mortality and face it, then exploring it as a muse for a peice of art is inspiring. Bowie could have just spent his last months dealing with his illness and ignore his art but he was able to use it as inspiration and creat a record that not only summed up his work but also his life. It will be a long time (if ever) before we see an artist of his caliber again. Thank you David for endless great memories and music that will inspire people for generations.
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