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David Bowie


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4 stars Rock'n'Roll Classic.

One of the most classic rock albums ever, this is a solid and original contribution in the Bowie catalogue. It is not quite as innovative or progressive as his previous album ('Hunky Dory'), which is my favourite Bowie album, but it is still great, with lots of iconic and musical songs. There is not a bad song on this album either. Everyone will have their own favourites on this album. My own are the first three ("Five Years", "Soul Love", and "Moonage Daydream"), which I think are incredibly musical, while "Hang on to Yourself" and "Suffragette City" are classic rock'n'roll songs. The album is a concept album, and does well as such, closing on the excellent "Rock'n'roll Suicide", which now 45 years later seems prescient (not for Bowie himself, but for 'rock'n'roll' in general, but then again "the future is a past that hasn't happened yet" we will see). Definitely essential in terms of the history of rock, and of Bowie, I give this album 8.9 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which is just 0.1 shy of PA 5 Stars (representing "masterpiece of progressive rock" status). It is great, but not quite a musical masterpiece on the same level as 'Hunky Dory' or other 5-star albums. But very close.

Walkscore | 4/5 |


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