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David Bowie - Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) CD (album) cover

SCARY MONSTERS (AND SUPER CREEPS)

David Bowie

 

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AtomicCrimsonRush
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4 stars "My mother said to get things done you better not mess with Major Tom."

I like this album a lot and played it often during the 80s. The iconic front cover was an excellent statement of Bowie's power at the time. The thin white clown persona was essential to Bowie's new image and return to form and played a powerful image on the 'Ashes to Ashes' film clip. The fact that Bowie was cleverly tying in the image with the Major Tom character of the 70s was a master stroke. It was an ingenious throwback to the classic era and brought in new characters and a futuristic edge; as if Bowie was transported to a new age of synthesizers and space ships. The synthesizers came in the form of dynamic keyboard runs by Bowie himself. He is helped in the music department by the likes of prog hero Robert Fripp on guitar, and the great Pete Townshend on 'Because You're Young'.

The absolute best of Bowie is hidden on this album including 'Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)' with the monotone vocals and strange keyboards, and of course the brilliant 'Ashes to Ashes' and 'Fashion'. Not everything works on the album but it is always interesting and features excellent guitar from the hand of Fripp. It's No Game (No. 2) is one of Fripp's best guitar on this album but it is always creative and retro 80s never sounded better.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 4/5 |

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