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LET'S DANCE

David Bowie

 

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The Mystical
4 stars AWESOME.

In my opinion, "Let's Dance" is David Bowie's strongest moment. The idea sounds pretty horrible; a disco/party album embellished with blues guitar. But this album is actually one of my all time favourite albums. Not only are the tunes catchy and great to dance to, but the songs are actually very unique and some of them are quite beautiful and mysterious. While many may disagree, I think that this album has a progressive feel. Not only is it progressive in it's approach to timing, atmosphere and form, it is very unique in in the way it harbours many different styles, which is one of the key features of progressive music.

To me, this album seems to have a mystical sort of feel to it. There is an underlying feeling of mystery behind many of these tracks, and I think that is why I love this album. The album begins with "Modern Love", probably the catchiest song on the album. It starts with the unmistakable sound of Stevie Ray Vaughn's muted guitar and goes into a funky, dance-like tune. The next track is "China Girl", one of my favourites on the album. The song is very catchy, with a warm, mysterious synthesiser lurking in the background and some great guitar work from Stevie. The song appears to be a haunting love song, but many claim "China Girl" to be a metaphor for cocaine. "Let's Dance" is another classic Bowie tune. It is a lengthy disco tune with a very bouncy rhythmic feel. "Without you" is a warm tune, with a somewhat Hawaiian feel in the guitar. "Ricochet" is one of the greatest tracks on the album. This song will appeal greatly to prog fans, as it has a complicated polyrhythmic feel in the rhythm section. This song is also one of my favourites vocally. "Criminal World" is probably my favourite song on the album. It has a great beat and a very mysterious atmosphere. "Cat People" is arguably the weakest song on the album. The feel is nice but the song seems to drag a little. "Shake It" is a strange ending to the album. It is a great track with a funky beat and some great guitar work. It is impossible to choose a key track from this album...all of the tracks are spectacular. But I do think that "Criminal World" is probably the best track on the album, and suggest it as an introduction to "Let's Dance".

To me this is a five star album, but a four star progressive album.

☮ Peace ☮

The Mystical | 4/5 |

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