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David Bowie


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the philosopher
4 stars The Man who Sold the World is one of Bowie's best releases. The one thing that makes this record standing apart from Bowie's later albums is it's underground hardrock sounding full of psychedelic findings. This album is not so different sounding than the Space Oddity, but the songs are better written and things seem to work out better. With this record Bowie was already screaming for attention by clothing like a woman, but the sound is far from the more commercially sounding Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust, which are also good, but lost the psychedelic touch.

Some point out the greatness of Width of a Circle and even dare to call it progressive. I do agree this is a great song, but what I think what really makes this record so good is the absence of weak(er) tracks. For me "All the madmen" - with the great flute arangements -, "Black Country Rock" - with it's great vocals and unusual sounding hardrock, although in bluesrock schemes, "After All"- with it's moody sound - and so on and on are all great.

We find Bowie here in his most creative moment. He had not found yet any standard for songwriting. Therefor he sounds a bit searching which lead to creativity. One of the best (if not the best) records Bowie did ever deliver. This record is advised for everyone interesting in underground hardrcock, psychedelic rock or in Bowie.

the philosopher | 4/5 |


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