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Old 02-21-2016, 12:50 AM   #856
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I'll just be honest with you guys and say that outside of Blackstar none of his post-Scary Monsters albums have blown me away the way Low, Aladdin Sane and Station to Station do. Lots of memorable gems scattered across them, and perhaps underrated overall, but I don't think someone is a bad fan for only having 1969-1980 material in their top 10. That run was astounding, among the very best ever.
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Yes, that too. I think what frustrates Laz (and me as I hear more of it) is that there's a lot of good stuff that gets overlooked because they're from an era that isn't as celebrated.
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I'll just be honest with you guys and say that outside of Blackstar none of his post-Scary Monsters albums have blown me away the way Low, Aladdin Sane and Station to Station do. Lots of memorable gems scattered across them, and perhaps underrated overall, but I don't think someone is a bad fan for only having 1969-1980 material in their top 10. That run was astounding, among the very best ever.
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Yes, that too. I think what frustrates Laz (and me as I hear more of it) is that there's a lot of good stuff that gets overlooked because they're from an era that isn't as celebrated.

Yeah, I didn't say anything about a Top 10. I'm talking about people not people being familiar with the later work AT ALL.

And I'm not sure what your criteria is for being blown away, but I don't know what other reaction you can have for something as outre and legitimately weird as Outside. It may not be a masterpiece but it's one hell of an artistic statement.

Regardless, Heathen stacks up song-for-song against any classic album, if you're just looking for memorable tracks. And in my opinion it smokes Scary Monsters, and obviously Let's Dance as well.
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My problem with the Flips doing a Bowie session has very little to do with them picking early Bowie songs and a lot to do with Wayne Coyne being insufferable.
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And I'm not sure what your criteria is for being blown away, but I don't know what other reaction you can have for something as outre and legitimately weird as Outside. It may not be a masterpiece but it's one hell of an artistic statement.

Regardless, Heathen stacks up song-for-song against any classic album, if you're just looking for memorable tracks. And in my opinion it smokes Scary Monsters, and obviously Let's Dance as well.
Heathen is great: well-paced and full of a kind of moody contemplation. I can't really get behind Outside, though. The thing is absolutely interminable, so unnecessarily drawn out that its interesting moments are lost in a sea of nonsense.
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Outside is excellent. It's just way too long, but the highs of that record are some of his best work, at least post-“Heroes“. The final third is especially impressive.

Heathen starts off great, but loses me a bit in the 2nd half.

Blackstar is by far and away the most consistent of the three.
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It's easier to be consistent when you only have 7 tracks...
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Outside, Heathen and Black Tie White Noise are all exceptional. The other two are more recent discoveries but I've been a big fan of Heathen for a decade or more. Albums holds up strong.
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It's easier to be consistent when you only have 7 tracks...
I thought that was obvious enough.
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It's easier to be consistent when you only have 7 tracks...
It's not cheating. It's restraint. Station to Station only had six and it's one of my favorite albums of all-time.
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After listening to a lot of Bowie on Spotify, I've added the following to my arsenal:

Pin Ups
Station to Station
Low
"Heroes"
Heathen

Have not ordered yet, but will buy soon:

Diamond Dogs
Earthling


I really didn't care for Young Americans, alas. Outside was interesting. Black Tie White Noise was half good, half boring.
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I don't know how highly regarded 'Young Americans' - that odd phase in between the glam years and the Berlin years - is among the Bowie contingent around here, but man 'Somebody Up There Likes Me' is a stunner.

Pretty sure Beck must have had Young Americans playing on repeat when he was doing Midnite Vultures.
This was the first Bowie album I ever purchased. I hadn't listened to it for many, many, MANY years, and just played it again a few days ago.

Wow. I'd forgotten how much I'd loved this record when it was first released. "Somebody Up There Likes Me" IS a stunner, just fantastic. I also loved "Fascination" so much at the time, and it sounds so great still.

I am in awe that Bowie decided he wanted to make a soul ("plastic soul") album--and he did it. He pulled it off, brilliantly. I remember it was an extremely big deal when he made the transition from glam to soul, and he made it work. Of course, it helps when you've got talent like Luther Vandross and David Sanborn alongside you.

"Across The Universe" IS pretty bad, though...!

Right now, I'm stuck on "The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust" & can't get enough of it. I thought "Low" was my new favorite album (over "Achtung Baby" & "London Calling," even!), but I'm rethinking that...this album is just so damn fine. And some of the songs worked even better in concert. "Moonage Daydream" from the Ziggy Stardust documentary...there are no words for its magnificence. Mick Ronson was a guitar god and what a loss to the world that he died so young.

I will never forgive myself--never--that I was not more of a David Bowie fan while he was alive. I liked him, I had a few records, I was a casual fan, but now? He never leaves my iDevices & his songs go through my head overandoverandoverandover...
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^Eh, I don't mind Across the Universe, although it's sitting a little oddly on the record, like, not sure what it's doing there. Maybe it made some sense at the time with him also collaborating with Lennon on 'Fame'.
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