Reality - David Bowie
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. It's a little artier than Heathen, but similar in its feel and just as satisfying.
  2. This is as close as Bowie has ever come to simply "pretty good" in his storied career.
  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. Bowie's best music since Scary Monsters. [Oct 2003, p.101]
  5. 80
    Bowie's best album for 20 years. [Oct 2003, p.104]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 67
    A relaxed, even graceful affair. [Dec 2003, p.123]
  9. Reality's core flaw is the same on e that has marred Bowie's work since 1993's Black Tie White Noise: studio-slick production that drowns even the best musical ideas in digitally processed canola oil. [19 Sep 2003, p.85]
  10. 70
    Lucid, enjoyable and occasionally full-on rockin'. [Oct 2003, p.115]
  11. 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]
  12. 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.
  13. It's the sound of a man who's worked out how to be good again, who finally understands his own strengths and limitations.
  14. It’s solid, but it has no power over me.
  15. So, his best album since 'Scary Monsters' (ARRRRGGGHHHH!!!).
  16. The album quickly reveals itself to be a muddled effort of overproduction and drab lyrics.
  17. 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.
  18. Reality is easily one of his most emotionally transparent albums.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Dec 23, 2014
    10
    O Melhor Desde Hours... 1999.
    Um Álbum Excelente.
    Começa Com O Rock New Killer Star Seguindo O Mesmo Padrão Com Pablo Picasso Never Get Old
    O Melhor Desde Hours... 1999.
    Um Álbum Excelente.
    Começa Com O 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,Fall Dog Bombs The Moon
    Ótimo Disco
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  2. Dec 16, 2014
    7
    "Reality" see Bowie further developing and building on the good work done on "Heathen". "Reality" is a more consistent album than its"Reality" see Bowie further developing and building on the good work done on "Heathen". "Reality" is a more consistent album than its predecessor and represented some of the best work in several decades at the point of release. I would argue it was his best album in 20 years, essentially since "Let's Dance" in 1983. Stylistically, "Reality" has a typical Bowie sound (if there is such thing) and is as adventurous and ambitious as we have come to expect from him. In addition to this he seems to have rediscovered his ear for melody in a serious way on this record. Ranging between the upbeat and the dreary, its always a lively affair and vocally Bowie is on fine form. A quality record from a legend. "Looking For Water", "She'll Drive The Big Car" and "Fall Dog Bombs The Moon" are the stand out tracks for me. Full Review »
  3. May 25, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link 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
    Full Review »