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Limited edition 180gm vinyl LP pressing of this classic album. Music On Vinyl.
Heathen is, in essence, the first "traditional" Bowie album worthy of kudos in years, as it successfully reunites Bowie with producer Tony Visconti, the man at the controls during Bowie's Berlin period. Heathen finds rock's greatest chameleon once again remolding his past, advancing to new vistas by moving up that metaphorical hill backward. Even more gratifying is the universally high quality of the songwriting craftsmanship on offer, where even a ditty as frivolous as "Everyone Says 'Hi'" ("Don't stay in a sad place where they don't care how you are") hits the mark. For heavyweights who like their Bowie with furrowed-brow, the monastic aura of opener "Sunday" sounds like a post-rock Enigma covering Nico's interpretation of Tim Hardin's "Eulogy to Lenny Bruce," whilst the strident savagery evidenced on an apt cover of the Pixies' "Cactus" disposes with Frank Black's hound-dog yelp and reasserts the melody without undermining the original's obsessional score. Tin Machine ought to have sounded like this. Watch out, too, for the Robert Fripp-impersonating flamethrowing of Pete Townshend on "Slow Burn" and the guitar of the Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl lending a slacker swagger to a cover of Neil Young's "I've Been Waiting for You" (again, much better than Tin Machine's live version). Heathen proves that Bowie's still got it. All of it. And in abundance. Awaken all ye nonbelievers. --Kevin Maidment
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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)
Yes, Bowie is back--and it doesn't get much better than this. My God, "Slow Burn" is another of those eerie, amazing songs written and recorded BEFORE September 11th; The cover of Neil Young's "I've Been waiting For You," is great, too--it really rocks! Song for song, this CD is addictive! "5:15, The Angels Have Gone" is hauntingly beautiful--the first time my children heard it, they were so enchanted they asked me to "Play It Again, daddy!" I complied, and now THEY are telling their 10 & 12 year old buddies about how cool Bowie's music is.
Ah, David Bowie: The Next Generation!
It's no secret that "Everyone Says 'Hi" has been a favorite of the professional reviewers, as well as "A Better Future" and the title track, but one of my absolute favorites comes on the bonus CD, "Conversation Piece," which was written, I believe in 1969 (!) and re-recorded recently. It just knocks me out.Read more ›
I can't think of another artist that has been around as long as Bowie that keeps writing and recording new material that sounds fresh, energetic, and urgent. _Heathen_ contains some chilling songs - songs that are so emotional and hit you in such a place inside that you have to listen to them over and over again. When he sings: "There's fear overhead, there's fear overground..." and "But who are we/So small in times such as these," one cannot help but think that these lyrics relate to 9/11. However, Bowie has stated that the material for _Heathen_ was written before 9/11 - which actually makes the lyrics throughout the album even more bonechilling. On "Better Future" he sings: "Please don't tear this world asunder/Please take back this fear we're under/I demand a better future." There are beautiful lyrics like these throughout _Heathen_, as well as very good covers of "Cactus" and Neil Young's "I've Been Waiting For You." My favorite song on the album is "Everyone Says 'Hi'" - just about as perfect as a little pop song can get. With a simple arrangement, the song is a beautiful sentiment with the line that we should all make it a point to remember: "Don't stay in a sad place where they don't care how you are.Read more ›
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Yet another side to an ever-changing creative genius with songs that I had never heard until I bought this album, which I am enjoying immensely.Published 6 months ago by DiannG
Great underrated record by an artist who constantly pushes the boundaries of creativity. Bowie's voice drives the lyrics with a beautiful conviction rarely heard by today's artists... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Illuminatus!
This will be a brief review. For anyone who has been a fan for a long time, but drifted away from grabbing every album as soon as it hit the shelves, (this often happened at the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by tim weatherill