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LOW

David Bowie

 

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A_Flower
4 stars While "Station to Station" shows Bowie at his Thin White Duke persona, struggling with alchaholism, "Low" Bowie tries to be more artistic and teams up with Brian Eno for his first album of the Berlin Trilogy. Low stands as one of Bowies best albums. The two sides completely differ, the first, being more fun, the second, being more serious.

The album starts with one of Bowie's best tracks. The instermental "Speed of Life". It starts with guitar coming in and kicks into a beutiful piece of music. I love how the song has so much to it yet so little.

The second song is a funny one called "Breaking Glass." After one a verse is a funny synth melody, which is what makes this a cool song.

Then we get another cool one called "What in the World." This has a cool sound in the back as Bowie sings a short love song. It's another highlight. "I'm just a little bit afraid of you" is a nice line.

The next song is well known as one of his most popular. "Sound and Vision." The guitar is cool, and then you get what sounds like ice getting thrown into fire in the beat. After a synth melody, Bowie sings "Ahh." It is a very good song, the lyrics have Bowie switching off to a higher and lower octive.

The next song is a little longer and has a funny title. "Always Crashing in the Same Car," which is actually about heroin. I used to love this one. It's still very strong and has great drumming. I should mention right now that the first side sort of sounds like a suite, but still in different songs. Still they are all about 2 minutes each making it really cool.

"Be My Wife" starts with guitar and insane piano. What's great about it is the wicked piano riff that plays after and before every line. It also has a good guitar solo and good lyrics.

The first side ends with the instermental "A New Career in Town." The beat at the beginning is ahead of it's time. It also has a great use of harmonica in the song. The synths are played by Eno. It is a great ending to the first side, which was fun for everyone! But that will change in side two...

Side two may be more proggier and Eno-dominated, but, to be honest, side one is better. "Warsawaza" starts side two. It isn't too bad. It, obviously, had much German influence. Bowie also sings, but I don't think it is about anything in specific (it might be in German). Watch on YouTube the animated video of Bowie and Eno making this song. It's pretty funny.

"Art Decade" is my personal favorite off the second side. By the title and the sound, I always picture a majestic and strange art gallery. The melodies are amazing and beutiful. As a track, it is an amazing prog rock song.

"Weeping Wall" is heavy on xylophones. As for the title, this is probably making reference to the Berlin Wall. It's a pretty good song, but cannot compete with Art Decade. Oh, did I mention a choir sings?

The album ends with Subteraenians, which is lame in my opinion. It just drags on, the sax is good, and so is the bass, but I feel it's some sort of a reprise of Warsawaza.

So, overall, Low stands as one of Bowie's masterpiece album.

Ranking of Songs:

1. Speed of Life 2. Art Decade 3. Sound and Vision 4. A New Career in Town 5. Always Crashing in the Same Car 6. Be My Wife 7. Warsawaza 8. What in the World 9. Breaking Glass 10. Weeping Wall 11. Subteraenians

Favorite quote from the album - "Your such a wonderful person...but you've got problems" -From "Breaking Glass"

A_Flower | 4/5 |

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