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4 stars After Young Americans introduced us to a completely new image of David Bowie, Station To Station revamped it up a notch!

The second half of the '70s must have been a tough period in David Bowie's career, although it's hard to tell when looking back at his output from that time. Station To Station might not be a part of the famous Berlin trilogy, recorded in collaboration with Brian Eno, but it can definitely be seen as a prequel to that era. Not only is the album's opening title track the longest and most ambitious piece of music that he had recorded up to that point, but it also marks a completely different approach to music making. Yes folks, this is definitely Art Rock as we know it!

Unfortunately, the same can't be said about the next track - Golden Years. It might have been the album's biggest hit, but it makes as much sense here as Rebel Rebel on Diamond Dogs, i.e. none whatsoever. Word On A Wing is a nice transitional track, but then comes TVC15 and pulls the album into another moment that makes me wonder what Bowie was going for with this whole release. I mean, it definitely has its share of moments but those moments don't exactly give me a feeling of a complete satisfaction. Stay and the cover of Wild Is The Wind do manage to finish off the album with a bang but fail to wash away the bad taste that was left by the album's middle section.

Overall, I'd say that Station To Station shows Bowie moving towards a new and existing phase of his career. It's not among his essential albums for me but I do listen to it on a few occasions when I'm in that particular creative mood halfway between experimental Art Rock and pure pop.

***** star songs: Station To Station (10:14) Wild Is The Wind (6:00)

**** star songs: Word On A Wing (6:04) Stay (6:15)

*** star songs: Golden Years (4:01) TVC15 (5:34)

Rune2000 | 4/5 |


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