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LODGER

David Bowie

 

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arcane-beautiful
4 stars The cover of this album always confused me. I get it, it looks like a postcard, but why is Bowie doing a weird pose on the front of it.

Being the last album in the Berlin Trilogy, Bowie and Eno have slowly moved away from each other. Apparently, during the making of this album, the two creative geniuses started to move apart. Not personally or anything, but creatively both just kind of moved apart. And musically you can tell, especially with the sounds on this being very similar to some of the sounds heard on "Scary Monsters".

Lyrically, the album is very much like the cover...it's a postcard. Bowie seems to be talking about a lot of the places he's visited and the sights he's seen, with an obvious Bowie take on all of it. I think at this point he was slightly off drugs.

Musically the album is really heightened by the absolutely insane guitar work of Adrian Belew, who apparently did most of the guitar work improvised. Now, it does verge away from the very experimental sounds on "Low" and "Heroes", but that doesn't mean they aren't still there. In fact there's a few sounds and musical moments on this album that are some of the oddest things that I may have heard. Typical Bowie it seems.

The opener "Fantastic Voyage" is a song that really surprised me. In my opinion one of Bowie's most interesting openers, with some absolutely astounding vocals.

One of the album's most insane songs has to be "African Night Flight."With an almost rap delivery from Bowie and a crazy fast pace flow, the song is just insane, and probably is the perfect description of a crazy night in Africa.

One of the album's most known songs "D.J." is a song that reminds me of one of Bowie's latest hits "Fashion." With a weird mixture of noise and jumpy rock beats, it is a pretty catchy song.

One of my personal favourites on the album has to be "Look Back In Anger." A very soulful vocal performance from Bowie and with a rather Beatley chorus, the song really is a very underlooked Bowie classic.

In conclusion, I really think this album doesn't get enough attention that it deserves. Now, this isn't Bowie's best album, and wouldn't even be my personal favourite Bowie album, but having heard some of his almost critically acclaimed albums, I would happily take this album over certain nuggets in Bowie's vast discography.

8/10

arcane-beautiful | 4/5 |

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