The Next Day (LP)


David Bowie

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Amoeba Review

03/11/2013

From the first moments of The Next Day, on its blistering title track, you know this is classic David Bowie. Longtime producer Tony Visconti helps get Bowie back on track after a 10 year absence from making new music with a sound that references classic Bowie albums, from the skronky Berlin-era guitars on “Dirty Boys” to that album cover, which crosses out Bowie’s iconic Heroes cover with a bold white box. That album cover is interesting — The Next Day doesn’t run from Bowie’s past and attempt leaps into electronic music, as did his late ’90s albums, but it doesn’t completely revel in old sounds. Particularly, on first single “Where Are We Now?” Bowie sounds relaxed as he explores a sound that touches on his own work on albums like Station to Station, the sort of early post-rock fashioned by Bowie subjects Talk Talk, and modern-day dream pop. Nothing about “Where Are We Now?” comes off as stale, though; it sounds like his logical next step artistically, and suggests that even at 66, on his 30th album, Bowie has new sounds yet to uncover. While Bowie hasn’t lost much of his swagger, his voice carries a new weariness that causes it to break beautifully on spectral ballad “Valentine’s Day,” though he pulls out the stops for the experimental weirdness of “If You Can See Me,” which hurtles into strange directions and time signatures as Bowie belts like Bono before getting guttural and processed like The Knife; and he gets back to his glam-rock roots on songs like the scorching “(You Will) Set the World on Fire.” If anyone has made an album that shows how a legendary artist can grow old gracefully while retaining the adventurousness that catapulted him to artistic heights, Bowie has done it with The Next Day.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
The Next Day
David Bowie 03:51
2.
Dirty Boys
David Bowie 02:58
3.
The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
David Bowie 03:56
4.
Love Is Lost
David Bowie 03:57


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Where Are We Now?
David Bowie 04:08
2.
Valentine's Day
David Bowie 03:01
3.
If You Can See Me
David Bowie 03:16
4.
I'd Rather Be High
David Bowie 03:53


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Boss Of Me
David Bowie 04:09
2.
Dancing Out In Space
David Bowie 03:24
3.
How Does The Grass Grow?
David Bowie 04:33
4.
(You Will) Set The World On Fire
David Bowie 03:30


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
David Bowie 04:41
2.
Heat
David Bowie 04:25
3.
So She
David Bowie 02:31
4.
Plan
David Bowie 02:02
5.
I'll Take You There
David Bowie 02:40

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