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Frankie Flowers
5 stars David Bowie's Hunky Dory and the Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust usually receive more acclaim but Aladdin Sane was the peak of his heavily influential glam rock phase. It's essentially a development of Ziggy Stardust, and although it doesn't share the same thematic flow it should be notable for its deeper exploration of unusual styles such as avant-garde jazz in the title track and Brechtian cabaret in "Time". There are many other progressive structures (doo-wop, blues and rock'n' roll all play integral parts in the album) making up the sleek, sexy artrock sound. An absolute favourite is the flamenco ballad "Lady Grinning Soul", which was inspired by singer Claudia Linnear. Check out Mike Garson's acclaimed piano work throughout. As for the songwriting and lyrical depth here, Aladdin Sane is also one of Bowies most ambitious, compelling and intimate releases ever! The album is a pun on "A Lad Insane", which reflects his chaotic lifestyle while touring America. All this somehow helped me get through my teenage angst! Essential Bowie!
Frankie Flowers | 5/5 |


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