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THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS

David Bowie

 

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Mattiias
5 stars Rating: 10/10

After the incredible "Hunky dory", another masterpiece and a musical festival that Bowie had never released before so far, and would never after either.

"Hang on to yourself", "Star" and "Suffragette city" are three astonishing pulsating semi- punk/rock pieces: great songwriting skills through accurate rhythm structures -here relays one of the most attractive sides of the album-.

Bowie creates an alter-ego character actually able to perform a prolific, diverse rock/pop.

So, it wouldn't be wrong at all to say that this is a parallel concept to Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's lonely hearts club band" by conceptual and artistic terms.

By itself "Ziggy Stardust" -the song- proposes a new model of development: starting with a melodic structure going to powerful but still delicate breakdowns (anybody said "power ballad"?...).

While "Moonage daydream", "Soul love" and "Starman" move into a soul mood in pop/rock key with shinning string arrangements, "Lady Stardust" and "Rock 'N Roll suicide" are incredible ballads very deep and emotive -a mention also to the opening track "Five years" which adds anguish and a hollowed sensation to the classical ballad-.

"It ain't easy" is perhaps the hardest one to classify: halfway between a creative white soul/R&B featuring the most inspired chorus and a twisted but catchy pop tune.

With "The rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust and the spiders from Mars", David Bowie places himself as one of the most personal, inventive, avant-garde and therefor influential artists of his time.

Mattiias | 5/5 |

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