Reality

  • Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Sep 16, 2003
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reality is easily one of his most emotionally transparent albums.
  2. It's a little artier than Heathen, but similar in its feel and just as satisfying.
  3. While it might not push the experimental envelope as forcefully as some critics or fans would like, it nonetheless sounds as vital and vibrant as any pop-rock record released this year.
  4. Uncut
    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]
  5. Neither a calculated trip to Bowie's past nor a wagon-hitching ride to current pop trends, the album has an energy all its own.
  6. Q Magazine
    80
    Bowie's best music since Scary Monsters. [Oct 2003, p.101]
  7. Mojo
    80
    Bowie's best album for 20 years. [Oct 2003, p.104]
  8. Magnet
    80
    By keeping it simple, Bowie has avoided the stupid, said more with less and made the clearest record of his career. [#61, p.88]
  9. This is as close as Bowie has ever come to simply "pretty good" in his storied career.
  10. It's the sound of a man who's worked out how to be good again, who finally understands his own strengths and limitations.
  11. Blender
    70
    Lucid, enjoyable and occasionally full-on rockin'. [Oct 2003, p.115]
  12. Bowie toughens up his sound, sawing at the edges of Jonathan Richman's "Pablo Picasso" and, on "New Killer Star," reclaiming the insinuating guitar propulsion he'd loaned to Lou Reed when he produced Transformer.
  13. So, his best album since 'Scary Monsters' (ARRRRGGGHHHH!!!).
  14. The album quickly reveals itself to be a muddled effort of overproduction and drab lyrics.
  15. Spin
    67
    A relaxed, even graceful affair. [Dec 2003, p.123]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 33
  3. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. May 11, 2016
    10
    ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................These two reviews are trash Full Review »
  2. Apr 4, 2016
    10
    .......................................................................................................................................I Get.......................................................................................................................................I Get fade way................... Full Review »
  3. Apr 4, 2016
    10
    .........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................A Masterpiece of Bowie Full Review »