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David Bowie


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Conor Fynes
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5 stars 'The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars' - David Bowie (9/10)

Undeniably a man whose work verged on that of being true genius, it's easy to say that his best-known and most influential work is a masterpiece. While not being progressive (David Bowie certainly has his prog moments, but the 'Ziggy Stardust' prog moments are few and far between) it certainly shows great influence towards the world of progressive music, and works amazingly as an album.

While the lyrical content for the most part isn't completely genius (although there are a few songs such as 'Five Years' and 'Rock n' Roll Suicide' that have some very soulful words for the songster himself) it gets the story across properly enough. To put it simply, the album revolves around the rise to fame of a marooned alien Ziggy Stardust who lands on Earth and starts a rock band.

My favourite song on this album would have to be the opener 'Five Years.' Each time I listen to it, I can still feel great emotion from it. While 'emotion' isn't exactly the main concentration of the album, 'Five Years' has sentiment in droves. The rest of it has some of the best glam rock ever made.

For those who like classic/glam rock, this is the perfect album to buy. Don't expect anything highly progressive, but if you let the songwriting wash over you, you might discover something fantastic.

Conor Fynes | 5/5 |


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