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    Posted: January 10 2016 at 14:24
I just listened to the first song from Bowie's new album, it was 10 minutes and really progressive with flute and sax! Anyone else heard it?
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I've heard the whole flippin' album, and it's some excellent stuff. The title track really is something, pulling the two song fragments Bowie wanted to stitch together brilliantly into a mystical, jazzy, bittersweet whole; it progresses really well. Most of the other tracks are hard driving rock affairs with continued jazz elements and ever the same dour atmosphere, and Bowie transforms into his own version of Tom Waits. It all ends with an electronic track. Don't expect the other tracks to be quite so progressive, but do expect energy and a great use of the title track's other elements.
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Have it, love it. A very consistent album. Better than anything he's done since Earthling IMO. The album is 'proggy' and 'prog related' but it's not Prog per se. Great album anyway.
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I like it very much. Not a masterpiece, but his best album since Outside. 
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Recently some Japanese CD shops have pushed his "limited digipack" one sooo strongly enough to squeeze his Blackstar and White coolness around into my eyes. Star

So ... let me know whether I MUST buy this stuff asap. Wink
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^ Give this track from it a listen, and if you like it, you'll like the album and should probably buy it.

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^ Great one! Bowie notifies me of the importance "always to try Neues". Cool
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Reposting, because this album deserves a lot of attention:

Originally posted by Kazza3 Kazza3 wrote:

Absolutely fantastic album, right up my alley. The spacier, melodic stuff is gorgeous (especially on Bowie's part) and then the anarchic stuff and songs like Sue are surprisingly hard-hitting. Mark Guiliana on drums is fantastic, readily displaying the 'live drum machine' influence of Deantoni Parks of The Mars Volta (which he's talked about before), and the saxophonist is sh*t hot. Really great. 

I've figured out what Sue reminds me of at times- King Crimson, the 2000s-era stuff. The breakdown at 3:05 or so is glorious.
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Rest peacefully, Dave.

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Wow. RIP, David. Cry

At least he went out on one hell of a high note.
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A friend told me this morning. I'm devastated. 
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I had Blackstar on repeat last night, dreaming that he was going to do more new things now. Didn't expect this at all. RIP, David.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Warthur Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 11 2016 at 02:46
I am convinced Blackstar must have been developed as a concept album about Bowie's own demise. His cancer fight has been going on for some 18 months, which maps onto the recording process for the album uncannily, and death and pondering one's past and legacy constantly comes up in the lyrics. Talk about going out on a high.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote someone_else Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 11 2016 at 02:50
I have not had much interest in Bowie's output after the hideous Lodger, but I'll give this one a listen as soon as I can. He had the rare gift to reinvent himself again and again anyway.
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Originally posted by someone_else someone_else wrote:

I have not had much interest in Bowie's output after the hideous Lodger, but I'll give this one a listen as soon as I can. He had the rare gift to reinvent himself again and again anyway.
I think it's much more successful than Lodger - the experimentalism in it reminds me more of Low (one song even quotes the harmonica solo from A New Career In a New Town), with a bit of the long-form songwriting as per the title track of Station to Station, if that's of any help.
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Originally posted by Warthur Warthur wrote:

Originally posted by someone_else someone_else wrote:

I have not had much interest in Bowie's output after the hideous Lodger, but I'll give this one a listen as soon as I can. He had the rare gift to reinvent himself again and again anyway.
I think it's much more successful than Lodger - the experimentalism in it reminds me more of Low (one song even quotes the harmonica solo from A New Career In a New Town), with a bit of the long-form songwriting as per the title track of Station to Station, if that's of any help.

I think it is. Thanks Smile.
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Lodger is an absolute masterpiece for me. 
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Funny I've heard Blackstar for the first time yesterday after listening to the title track on the radio about two weeks ago, it felt really special and I knew I gotta have the album.

I think no one saw this coming so fast, this is so sad. R.I.P David...
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