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SCARY MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS)

David Bowie

 

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Warthur
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5 stars The last five-star Bowie album is an intriguing reflection on Bowie's transition from innovative outsider to fully-established member of the rock aristocracy, coupled with a rumination on the concerns of aging and seeing a new generation of artists take up the artistic themes and ideas he'd left behind (as explored on Teenage Wildlife). With a more cohesive and compelling lyrical theme than any album since Diamond Dogs (and perhaps his most erudite and thoughtful lyrics ever), Bowie musters a dream team of musicians to help him bring his songs to life.

Prog fans will rejoice at the regular guest appearances by Robert Fripp over the course of the album, and Pete Townshend also lends a hand, but for my money the absolute best song includes neither of them - the legendary Ashes to Ashes, with its otherworldly synthesiser backing and chanted lyrics, is both the culmination of all of Bowie's artistic endeavours since Space Oddity and an exorcism of them. The song - and the album surrounding it - probably represent Bowie's greatest artistic triumph.

Warthur | 5/5 |

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