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David Bowie


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2 stars Other than his Columbia Record Club's "Selection of the Month", Changes, this was my first purchase of a David Bowie album. I just never liked his music. I thought his act, his persona, his shtick was cool, I just never felt any affinity to much less appreciation for his music. To my ears (and brain), It was just standard three chord rock with some lyrics that remained occluded from my comprehension by my disability (and, I must admit, lack of interest). Even with my love of "Space Oddity" I couldn't find myself even mildly interested in any of his albums--until Robert Fripp joined the band. Then I got interested.

The song "Ashes to Ashes" was all over the radio during my studies at the UEA in 1980, and I liked it. So, when I got home to America in the winter of 1981, I "took a chance" and picked it up. While it never won me over, it was at least interesting music. By this time I had become pretty much a devoté of M. Fripp, so therein lay my focus. I liked the transitional "growth" of Bowie's music (from the poppy stuff of the early 70s--though I did have a kind of perverse love for "Fame" despite the fact that it was played to death in my high school's lunchroom jukebox). In the end though, this is an album that I never go back to, can't name a single other song from (other than the hit), and, frankly, have little or no interest in ever doing so.

BrufordFreak | 2/5 |


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