Could The New Bowie Album Really Be This Good?

We anxiously await tomorrow’s release of Deathfix by, um, Deathfix.  (Thanks to NPR, we’ve been listening to it streamed all week, and yeah, it’s great!  More anon.)

And yes, we are looking forward to the Atoms for Peace album coming out tomorrow.

But even after reading a great Rolling Stone interview with Tony Visconti, which goes through the new album track-by-track, we have been only mildly interested in the new Bowie album, The Next Day, which comes out in two weeks .  We found the early single, “Where Are We Now,” a little too much like a boring version of “Fantastic Voyage,” from 1979’s Lodger, which come to think of it, was the last really great Bowie album.  (Let’s Dance had its moments, and Scary Monsters had Tom Verlaine’s “Kingdom Come,” but honestly, the downward curve for Bowie in the ’80s matched the Rolling Stones’.) Which left us with nice ’70s memories, warm feelings, and hats-off respect, but nothing since the Golden Years would give us much to get worked up about, at least not at the thought of a new album.

And then comes today’s review in The Telegraph, and holy moly, if this doesn’t get the juices flowing.  Click on the link and read Neil McCormick’s rave, but this’ll give you an idea:

“It is an enormous pleasure to report that the new David Bowie album is an absolute wonder: urgent, sharp-edged, bold, beautiful and baffling, an intellectually stimulating, emotionally charged, musically jagged, electric bolt through his own mythos and the mixed-up, celebrity-obsessed, war-torn world of the 21st century.

Musically, it is stripped and to the point, painted in the primal colours of rock: hard drums, fluid bass, fizzing guitars, shaded by splashes of keyboard and dirty rasps of horns. The 14 songs are short and spiky, often contrasting that kind of patent Bowie one-note declarative drawl with sweet bursts of melodic escape that hit you like a sugar rush. Bowie’s return from a decade’s absence feels very present, although full of sneaky backward glances.”

Read the whole thing.  Wow.  We’ll start poking sofa cushions to find the spare change necessary…

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