Reality - David Bowie
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  • Summary: 'Reality' finds a now 56-year-old David Bowie working once again with longtime producer Tony Visconti. Included among the 11 tracks is a cover of Jonathan Richman's "Pablo Picasso."
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
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  1. Reality is easily one of his most emotionally transparent albums.
  2. Bowie's best music since Scary Monsters. [Oct 2003, p.101]
  3. 80
    While it's very much a rock album... it kicks in a very 'now' way (this ain't Tin Machine). [Oct 2003, p.112]
  4. 70
    Lucid, enjoyable and occasionally full-on rockin'. [Oct 2003, p.115]
  5. It's the sound of a man who's worked out how to be good again, who finally understands his own strengths and limitations.
  6. The album quickly reveals itself to be a muddled effort of overproduction and drab lyrics.
  7. While Reality isn't a failure by anyone's standards, there's precious few moments that you can recall, much less hum, an hour after listening to it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. May 25, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. O Melhor Desde Earthling 1997.
    Um Album Completamente Ótimo.
    Começa Com A Ópera De Rock New Killer Star Seguindo O Mesmo Padrão Com Pablo Picasso Never Get Old E Reality A Faixa Título
    É A Cara De Bowie A Balada Melancólica The Loneliest Guy,Days,Bring Me Disco King.
    E O Rock Melancólico Tipico De Bowie Looking For Water,She'll Drive The Big Car
    Ótimo Disco
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  2. WenM
    Sep 17, 2003
    10
    As always, Bowie's music and enthusiam is overwhelming. A GREAT album
  3. AmandaM
    Apr 29, 2004
    10
    This is one of those albums you really have to live with for you to realize just how brilliant, textured, nuanced, and hard-rocking it really This is one of those albums you really have to live with for you to realize just how brilliant, textured, nuanced, and hard-rocking it really is. I've been a Bowie fan for over 20 years now, and some of his albums are tougher than others. "Outside" "hours" and even "Heathen" never really did it for me. But "Reality" has made all those other efforts worth it. For the past few years he's been searching, God love 'im, developing his current band, and this fabulous album is the result. Finally, if you haven't seen Bowie in concert, you MUST make the trip on his current North American swing -- the man is just a God on stage -- you won't believe how good he is. Expand
  4. MarcP
    Sep 17, 2003
    9
    awesome again... different from heathen in a very nice way... buy it now
  5. Jules
    Sep 21, 2003
    9
    Great stuff - finally the duke stops trying so hard. His nineties albums had their moments, after all the man's a genius, but it was Great stuff - finally the duke stops trying so hard. His nineties albums had their moments, after all the man's a genius, but it was painful to hear these often labored works, all running too hard from the terrible ghosts of his eighties albums. Every song here is spanking fresh - back in the groove at 56! Expand
  6. BrandonS
    Sep 20, 2003
    8
    As a lifelong fan, I don't know why it's so hard for people to see latter-day (black-tie and on) Bowie for what he really is, As a lifelong fan, I don't know why it's so hard for people to see latter-day (black-tie and on) Bowie for what he really is, exciting, energetic, restless ... Sure, Outside is about a half-hour too long, and ditto for Hours - but Buddha of Suburbia, Black Tie, and Earthling are fantastic. Heathen upped the ante, and Reality is a fantastic follow-through, a natural counterpart to the previous album. Relentlessly creative and very enjoyable. Expand
  7. zokip
    Sep 17, 2003
    1
    shit.the worse b album after heathen

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