Heathen

Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. For all its appeal, there's something a little off about the album.
  2. The best he has sounded in years.
  3. Whatever you're going to make of 'Heathen', you'll probably agree it's Bowie's most eclectic effort for some time - and a damn enjoyable, rockahula listening pleasure.
  4. Even at his most self-referential, Bowie is still a zillion times more inventive, brave and rocket-to-Mars brilliant than anyone who's been prodded by the ubiquitous genius stick, like, ever.
  5. A graceful marriage of synthesizers, guitars, and post-modern croon, Heathen summons the same air of romantic unease found on albums like Station To Station and Bowie's late-'70s collaborations with Brian Eno.
  6. A soul-searching set that recalls such pre-"Let's Dance" collections as Heroes and Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps).
  7. A colorful, satisfying album that feels like a classic.
  8. Q Magazine
    80
    A return to form. Definitely. [June 2002, p.108]
  9. Mojo
    80
    Heathen is a fine restatement of classic Bowie elements with contemporary twists. [July 2002, p.110]
  10. Heathen's swirling production, courtesy of Heroes/Low/Scary Monsters producer Tony Visconti, is so much more of a piece that it hangs together like a Thin White Spider concept album instead of an old dog/new tricks effort.
  11. Heathen is the best Bowie release in years.
  12. Heathen is the sound of Bowie essentially covering himself -- to splendid, often moving effect.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Dec 9, 2013
    7
    Bowie 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.
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  2. Oct 17, 2016
    8
    Great album two negative reviews go to **** Great album

    Slip Away, Sunday, Slow Burn, Everyone Says ''Hi'', Heathen, A Better Future &
    Great album two negative reviews go to **** Great album

    Slip Away, Sunday, Slow Burn, Everyone Says ''Hi'', Heathen, A Better Future & Afraid all Excellent Tracks
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  3. Apr 4, 2016
    9
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