- Summary: Bowie's first studio album in three years (and first for his new label ISO Records, distributed by Columbia) finds the older white duke working with producer Tony Visconti for the first time since 1980's 'Scary Monsters.' Pete Townsend and Dave Grohl guest on guitar on a track apiece.
- Record Label: Columbia / ISO
- Genre(s): Rock, Alternative
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JesseSOct 26, 2004This a masterpiece. Not Bowie's masterpiece, but nevertheless a masterpiece. Best of the year.
JoshC.Jun 11, 2002Bowie has created another complete 'album' which like 'A Man who sold the World' demands a complete listen from start to Bowie has created another complete 'album' which like 'A Man who sold the World' demands a complete listen from start to finish and leaves the listener with a seamless sonic story implanted in their psyche. The covers fit in perfectly and musically it remains true to Bowie's legacy- A musican among musicans. … Expand
NicolasT.Jun 17, 2002Yep, good old Bowie but with a touch of new influences, great covers, good mix of melancolic songs ans rock stuff...
AlexanderSDec 22, 2005Overall a very good album, none of my alltime favourite Bowie songs come from this album, but there´s not a single bad song on it.... Overall a very good album, none of my alltime favourite Bowie songs come from this album, but there´s not a single bad song on it.... Bowie is and will always be the single greatest musician ever!… Expand
TMahoneyJun 6, 2006This album is simply amazing. After repeated listens, I am left with the understanding that Bowie is indeed GOD and we must kneel before him. This album is simply amazing. After repeated listens, I am left with the understanding that Bowie is indeed GOD and we must kneel before him. Like the rest of his work, the music herein has a timeless quality and depth of complexity absent in most music made nowadays. 'Sunday' and '5.15' both rise over percolating percussion loops and bleeps. Indeed, these songs, along with 'Afraid' and 'Slip Away' show Bowie's imaginative chord progressions and make perfection look easy. This KILLS!!!!… Expand
KiwiClayOct 13, 2005Despite the flaws, Heathen has got to be the best Bowie in years - far superior to the following Reality. At times the music is transcendent. Despite the flaws, Heathen has got to be the best Bowie in years - far superior to the following Reality. At times the music is transcendent. This CD must be listened to with headphones on, eyes closed, and no interruptions. There aren't very many CDs or artists who warrant that level of listening commitment.… Expand
Dec 9, 2013Bowie hits a couple of bullseyes here but equally is miles off the pace on a couple of other tracks. The inclusion of a number of coverBowie hits a couple of bullseyes here but equally is miles off the pace on a couple of other tracks. The inclusion of a number of cover versions help lift the album in some ways (he does a cracking version of Pixies track "Cactus") butfor me the inclusion of these non original tracks dilutes the value of the record as a Bowie album. He's not quite gone all Tom Jones on us but surely the man had enough creativity going at the time to fill an album of his own stuff. If these covers appeared on a dedicated covers album, a soundtrack or as b-sides then fair enough but to have 3 of them on one album just weakens the record for me, regardless of how good a job he does with the songs. This is David Bowie we're talking about.
The album is at its strongest in the middle section and overall has some of Bowie's best work from the 90's and 00's "I would be your slave" probably the album's highlight for me. Overall its Bowie and helped by the presence of Tony Visconti at the control desk, its very decent stuff but too often across the album he drops his guard and seems to just drifts along instead of really pushing himself. … Expand
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