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DAVID BOWIE – The Next Day

| 28 March 2013 | Reply


Label: ISO Records/Columbia Records

Release Date: March 8, 2013

Rating: 9/10

Reviewed by: ToddStar

When a legend releases new material after 10 years, it is really hard to be open to change and forward movement in music.  When that legend is David Bowie, you really don’t know what to expect.  “The Next Day” opens the disc in true Bowie fashion with a cool intro and his voice piercing the sound.  The music has a cool groove that builds slowly around the vocals.  “Dirty Boys” incorporates a funk vibe that is accentuated with horns and Bowie’s vocals that can transform any song.  The bass and drums add a little depth to the track.  “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” is the first single and the reason I wasn’t afraid to listen to this release.  The song has several components that seem to have been pulled from Bowie’s career.  This seems so familiar, yet fresh and exciting at the same time.  If nothing else, this demonstrates that Bowie still has a few surprises up his sleeve for us.  “Love Is Lost” is all funk and groove.  The underlying bass, drums, and keyboards mix well and provide a great platform for the vocals.  The keyboards are well used to transition between verses and chorus, keeping the song on track.  “Where Are We Now?” is a cool ballad that let’s David demonstrate his vocals haven’t lost anything in the last decade.  The smooth vocals over top the music sets a great mood and allows the listener to absorb the song as a whole.  “Valentine’s Day” brings a us back to rock mode, but don’t be mistaken, this isn’t a throw your hands up and bang your head rocker.  This is Bowie rock.  The guitars are subtle and succinct.  The song has ebb and flow and doesn’t drone on unnecessarily.  “If You Can See Me” has that fusion feel Bowie has been known to drop on a disc just to keep the listener guessing.  This track deviates from the path of the rest of the disc, but adds to it.

“I’d Rather Be High” is another track that doesn’t feel like Bowie out of the gate, but everything clicks as soon as you hear his vocals.  The military feel of the drums sets the pace for the track nicely and keeps everything moving.  “Boss Of Me” features some cool horns and different vibe, but seems a bit clunky at points during the track and never seems to recover enough to redeem itself as a great track.  “Dancing Out In Space” picks up the pace a bit and features a cool riff throughout that keeps you listening.  The guitar work is great here without being overbearing.  The vocals dance lightly over the track, and that keeps this tune light fun.  “How Does The Grass Grow” reverts to the type of tracks earlier on the disc, while keeping a bit of fusion in the sound.  The verses are monotone in nature, but it seems to fit the androgynous vibe of the song.  “(You Will) Set The World On Fire” is one of the best rock tracks on teh disc.  The guitars are big and kick the doors open.  The drums and bass join in to get the song kicked into high gear.  The vocals add to the mix and help this track stay high energy and chugging along.  “You Feel So Lonely You Could Die” brings the tempo down, but not the quality.  This track features layered background vocals, a lead vocal that has a smokey sound to it that nicely couples with the music.  The piano that hides beneath the vocals helps drive the song.  This is one of the best tracks on the disc despite it being a slower tune.  “Heat” closes the disc, but I just can’t get into it.  I don’t know if it is a bad song, or it just pales that much in comparison to the last song.  Overall, I really got into this disc and must ask, what took so long Mr. Bowie?

Category: CD Reviews

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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