David Bowie, The Next Day (2013)
You can’t deny that the new David Bowie album – the very announcement of it, even – from out of nowhere was a key musical event of 2013. Pity the finished product was a tad underwhelming. Oh, it’s got moments – I still think the first single is the best thing on it. Actually, about a third of it is pretty good, a third of it gets a pass-mark I guess, not a patch on the previous couple of albums, certainly not close to Heathen anyway. And then a third of it is pretty bloody awful. Like Tin Machine-bad. But we can’t criticise Bowie. Not after a nearly 10 year absence! How dare we! So I’m pretty much standing by my original review of the album. But I did – months later – go out and buy the double-vinyl. I did so because I was doing a David Bowie DJ set, all Bowie, all night, all vinyl… And it was a fun night and it was good to get this album to prepare. I listened to it loads – as everyone who argued with my review told me I must. I still came out thinking the lead single was the best thing (the only thing from it I played as part of my set that night), and that a lot of it is boring and we’re only gushing about it because people thought there might not be anything by Bowie again ever. It’s by no means embarrassing but it’s hardly close to crucial. Still, good on the ole dame for knowing – as always – how to make an entrance, eh?
Sample Track: Where Are We Now?
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