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David Bowie - Space Oddity [Aka: David Bowie, Man Of Words/Man Of Music] CD (album) cover


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Frankie Flowers
3 stars Although Bowie was still finding his way, this was a clear leap in class from his earlier recordings. Space Oddity contains some moments of beauty, sadness and intensity. Many of the songs are folky, especially the Dylanesque (is that a word?) "Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed."

The title track is a main highlight and very familiar, but still effective. The message of a space traveller choosing to abandon earth is actually very powerful and he gets lost in the gentle melody of the song.

"Cygnet Committee" is quite lengthly but lyrically very strong, telling a story like nothing else you're likely to hear. For me though, other main highlights include "The Wild Eyed boy from Freecloud" which is quite extraordinary and the fantastical narrative draws you in.

"Letter to Hermione" is another rare beast where Bowie bares his soul and it is all the more poignant for it. The acoustic work is very nice too.

The Elvis-like "Janine" is also very quirky and you'd have to love "An occasional dream" which is quaint and peaceful. "God knows I'm Good" is also one of the best moments, it's an ingenious little song about an old lady caught shoplifting, with some more great guitar.

It's not essential Bowie, but fans should definitely have it. Better releases were soon to come although he was already showing depth with this record. Listen without distractions to appreciate it fully! Three and a half stars.

Frankie Flowers | 3/5 |


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