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"HEROES"

David Bowie

 

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3.96 | 188 ratings

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The Mystical
4 stars An excellent and unique album.

"Heroes" is a classic bowie album...and one of the more appreciated ones too. There is quite a lot of prog here in my opinion, most notably Krautrock. The sound is rough and punchy...those who are after clean production will be disappointed. "Heroes" is split into two main sections, the funky disco side, and the ambient experimental side. While I do really like some of the material on the second side, I personally prefer the first.

The album begins with "Beauty And The Beast", a fun pop tune that sets up the album very well. We then move on to "Joe The Lion". This is a catchy song, but after multiple listens it loses it's touch and gets dreary. "Heroes" is one of the greatest pop recordings ever made in my opinion. It is raw, punchy and emotional. "Sons of the Silent Age" is a great little track, and in my opinion, could pass as a space rock track. "Blackout" is simply incredible. I cannot think of a track that is more driven and energetic. This and Heroes are my favourite tracks on the album.

Side two opens with "V-2 Schneider", a repetitive but pleasant Krautrock inspired track. The song is followed by "Sense of Doubt", a dark instrumental. The track has some very nice synth textures, but it is unfortunately ruined by the chromatic piano riff. "Moss Garden" is very beautiful instrumental which is very atmospheric. Here we have Bowie playing the Koto, a traditional Japanese string instrument. "Neuköln" isn't bad, but i feel that more thought could be put into this track. The album finishes with "The Secret Life of Arabia", another highlight of the album. The track is mysterious, and brings "Heroes" to a thoughtful and puzzling conclusion.

Overall, I think that "Heroes" is a masterpiece, and I do consider it to be a progressive rock album. However, I do not consider it to be a masterpiece of progressive rock.

4 stars.

Peace!

The Mystical | 4/5 |

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