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HEATHEN

David Bowie

 

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Mattiias
4 stars Rating: 9/10

Bowie starts a new decade totally refreshed in musical terms and artistic aspirations.

The album also serves as a conjunction between the "industrial" and "corrosive" machines- based sound he was developing from the previous "Outside" and a kind of "gothic" and "dark" atmosphere of this heathen, that traduces itself into sound characteristics and songwriting style.

"Sunday" is a very low and almost depressive but also beautiful start.

"Cactus", "Slow burn", "Afraid" and "I've been waiting for you" are the rockiest numbers performed by a kick-ass band in which bassist (a woman, by the way...) makes an outstanding work- sounding tremendous.

Along with "Cactus", the darkest ones here are "Slip away" (what a bass lines, my god!!!), "5:15 The angels have gone" and the great ending "Heathen (the rays)"; Bowie seems to be a perfect conjunction of Morrissey, Robert Smith and Trent Reznor.

But David also reinvents himself on the masterpieces "I would be your slave" and "I took a trip on a gemini spaceship" in which he mixes electronic music, rhythm beats and incredible machines-based arrangements.

At last, "Everyone says 'hi'" is the typical Bowie's pop singer that at certain point seems like if it was out of place or from another album.

And "A better future" is the most accessible "electronic" Bowie and with a more "dance" beat, but it has a fine rhythm.

David shows once again -as in the '70s- and reaffirms that he is one of the most vanguard and influential artist of all time. His best studio work from, at least, the last 25 years.

Mattiias | 4/5 |

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