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David Bowie - Hunky Dory CD (album) cover


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Frankie Flowers
4 stars This is one where Bowie started to grow into a huge icon. "Changes" kicks it all off with its theatrical tone, focusing on David's constant artistic reinvention. It's very familiar but quite possibly the most sophisticated pop song ever created.

Overall, "Hunky Dory" covers many bases, from folk to rock to string enhanced ballads. Rick Wakeman plays piano on a few songs on this album, and really characterizes it. Bowie's guitarist, the criminally under-rated and incredibly versatile Mick Ronson, also had a hand in the sparse string arrangements that lace many tracks.

Songs like the bouncy "Kooks", the dramatic and powerful "Life On Mars?" and "Oh! You Pretty Things" are well-crafted jewels and fine examples of what pop music should sound like. The album is really well structured as well - each side of the original LP has happy/upbeat songs for the most part but finishes off with darker, emotive songs ('Quicksand' and 'Bewlay Brothers').

Bowie also pays tribute to some influences here too, including "Andy Warhol" which is a gentle folk rocker with some twisted lyrics and a hilarious spoken intro. Towards the end you'll hear the great glam rocker "Queen Bitch". Its lyrics are directed at those who try too hard to dress up but totally miss the point of doing it. (" God, I could do better than that!!" Bowie sings ... great lyrics on this one!). In all, it's an excellent David Bowie classic and a great place to start digging into his work.

Incidentally, the style of the album cover was influenced by a Marelene Dietrich photo book that Bowie took with him to the photo shoot. 4 shining stars.

Frankie Flowers | 4/5 |


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