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'HOURS...'

David Bowie

 

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3.48 | 76 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars THE RETURN OF THE THIN WHITE DAVID

It was very much of a relief to discover this album. David and I were kind of angry upon each other (but humbly I think he didn't care less about whatever might be my opinion about "Outside" and "Earthling").

David is back with a very personal album. Lots of references to the early glory days, fine music (some might say too accessible). At least gone are those awful techno and house beats. Gone are these electronics experiences. For my best sake.

The only negative point that could arise might be a too uniform sound throughout the album, but I far much prefer this than the one of the prior two "musical experiences". The man almost never made compromises throughout his (very) long career. And he should be bloody respected for this. At least it is how I feel.

The songs featured on this album are full of feeling, subtle, emotional. Few are masterpieces, but the whole is doing very fine.

David reverts to his early days, delivering some catchy melodies "Thursday Child", " Something In The Air", "Seven" .Actually, I could virtually refer to each track of this album to depict my impression.

The highlight, IMO, is the wonderful "If I'm Dreaming My Life". Seven. minutes of pure melody.

Some might regret any innovation in "hours". And to a certain extent, I can cope with this theory. The ones who like this album aren't the same ones who loved "Outside" and its intricate storyboard and experimental music I guess.

Nothing as such on "hours". What you get here is straight forward Bowie material. But gosh! I like it an awful lot! Can't help.

I've been through so many difficult times with David in the nineties, that I just received this album as a gift. Some kind of a resurrection. But again, I know that some of people might consider this album as weak because it holds probably too conventional Bowie material.

Nevertheless, this album has no weakness. It's a very good and consistent effort which should please lots of old freaks. Since it is a good description of myself, I am rating this album with four stars (which is slightly overrated).

Considering that most of the material was original written as a computer game support only highlights David's multi-faceted personality. Being able over the years to adapt himself to the existing environment is just amazing. But we know this for ages now.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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