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by Darius Henry
December 10, 2009
Hunky Dory is one of those excellent albums by David Bowie. It more Pop-orated than most of his other albums, but that doesnt mean its a bad record, hell no. Personally myself, Im not too much of a fan of Pop records. But I will make exception for this album, mainly because its too damn good. Anything by Bowie is great. Of course this is not his best work (Ziggy Stardust is), but this is certainly one of his great works. Maybe his second best (along with Young Americans and Low).
This album starts off with the fan-favorite, Changes. Though I dont think this is one of Bowies best songs, it is still excellent. Great piano, great guitar, love the drums and great message about, well, changes in the 1970s. Plus excellent saxophone solo. Oh, You Pretty Thing is another very good Pop song by Bowie. Great piano work and great vocal. Then it leads to Eight Line Poems, which is a song with there is only eight line of it. Its pretty much Oh, You Pretty Thing, part II. Not one of my favorite, but it stills a nice song. Only piano, guitar, and Bowies vocals. All great, too. Life on Mars? is one of Bowies best songs ever. One of the great pre-Ziggy Stardust songs on here about space and life on Mars. Excellent piano, great vocal, awesome guitar, and love the strings on here. You cant ask more awesome song than this. Kooks is a nice Pop tune. Really love this one. He wrote this song for his son. Pretty catchy tune, especially the piano and love the drums. I love the singing the most. Quicksand is one of the darkest songs on this album. I dont even know what this song about really. But love the music. I love the synthesizer, love the acoustic guitar, and love the piano.
Fill Your Heart is a nice Pop cover of Bill Rose. Great catchy tune. The only thing I wish for is that they wouldve bang those drums more on this tune. Other than that, this is great song. Love the piano. Andy Warhol is possibly my least favorite song. Great song about Warhol, who had a big influence on Bowie. But there is something about this song that I did not dig about it. Love the flamenco guitar style though. Song for Bob Dylan is a song that not many people like, but I truly dig. Great Folky tribute to Bob Dylan. Love the guitars. Queen Bitch is the hardest song on here and one my favorite Bowies songs. I love the riffs, love the singing, love the drums, and love the bassline (probably the best in any Bowies song). The Brewlay Brothers is a last song on here. Love the acoustic and love the vocals. The lyrics dont make sense, but thats OK. Its a nice way to end this album.
No question about it, this is an excellent album. This is a sign of great things to come. Bowie would release better material than this, but this is great album, none or less. If you want to get to know Bowie and why he is one of my favorite artists of all time, I suggest this album.
To listen to some soundclips from Hunky Dory,or to purchase it click on: Hunky Dory
April 18, 2004
Released in 1972, David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust is one of my favorite classic rock albums. David Bowie played guitar and saxophones. Also in his band, Mick Ronson, who played guitar and piano. Trevor Bolder played bass, and Mick Woodmansey played drums.
The album opens with the powerful "Five Years", I love the drum beat that opens it. "Soul Love" comes next, which is ok, but not the best on the album. "Moonage Daydream" comes after, one of my favorites on the album with excellent strings to fill it towards the end of the song. "Starman" is track 4, also one of my favorite songs. After that, "It Ain't Easy" comes on, it is the worst song on the album. "Lady Stardust" has an excellent piano and vocals on it. "Star" is ok, but it doesn't seem to impress me. "Hang Onto Yourself" is a faced paced song, which is pretty good. Then the famous "Ziggy Stardust" is next, obviously very good. "Suffragette City" is after that, another fast paced song. To close the album is "Rock n' Roll Suicide", which fit nicely for the ending. So, in my book, this album is definitely towards the top of my list, and is also the best Bowie album.
To listen to some soundclips from
or to purchase it click on: Rise
& Fall Of Ziggy Stardust (Buy.com)
or Ziggy Stardust (CC Music)
July 2, 2009
This list-topping album could be really lame, unless you allow its strangeness to sort of wash over you. "Speed Of Life" is one of the finest, really a "where's Bowie?" kind of moment, and the shortness of the proceeding songs works. "Always Crashing" and "Be My Wife" (personally, the jewel in the crown) act as a climax, so we can enjoy the blue-hued sounds of the "B" side instrumentals. The record is only eclipsed by the album to follow later that year. Honestly, there are some better live albums, but the one released for the supporting tour really grooves. What do you get when you cross an Englishman, an Englishman, three black dudes... suffice to say it's an oft-imitated aesthetic captured on side A.
July 18, 2002
Pretty much all of David Bowie's albums have something that could conceivably be a hit, except this one, and its the best. He moved to Berlin to deal with his drug addiction, and teamed up with Brian Eno for three albums (Heroes and Lodger are the other two). The first side is full of synthy rockers that get the job done with minimal lyrics, while the second side is a bunch of ambient instrumentals. Its probably his most emotional in its numbness, and its almost like a concept album in its focus on isolation. 'Breaking Glass' and 'Always Crashing in the Same Car' are my favorites, but they're all amazing. Highly reccomended.
To listen to some sound clips from LOW or to buy it click on: Low
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