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David Bowie


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3 stars This ain't genocide, this is rock 'n' roll!!

Together with The Man Who Sold The World, this is my favourite Bowie album. Like on The Man Who Sold The World, Bowie here writes all his own material again. Diamond Dogs is darker and more serious than Ziggy Stardust or Aladdin Sane and all the better for it. Diamond Dogs is also a concept album about the famous novel by George Orwell (popular among Prog artists since both Rick Wakeman and Anthony Phillips has made concept albums about it). It also happens to be my favourite novel and Diamond Dogs is an excellent soundtrack to it (as is Wakeman's 1984).

Diamond Dogs is also the last true classic rock album Bowie did in the 70's. After this album he would turn to soul, pop, disco, new age etc. like many prog bands would do also later on.

The title track and Rebel Rebel are pure rock 'n' roll songs in the style of The Who and have nothing to do with Prog. Rock 'N' Roll With Me is a glam rock sing-a-long anthem. But the way the whole album flows gives it a kind of Prog feel. The highlights are on the second half of the album, from We Are The Dead onwards.

If you like Bowie this album is essential. If you like Prog and want to check out Bowie this should be an early pick, together with The Man Who Sold The World and Space Oddity.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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