Reality - David Bowie
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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 44 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 42 out of 44
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  3. Negative: 2 out of 44

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  1. 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 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"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. Expand
  2. 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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  3. Apr 2, 2013
    7
    Obviously his best album since...maybe Scary Monsters (no...don't say Let's Dance ¬¬).

    Rocker numbers, pop numbers, and some kind of Flamenco stuff ('Pablo Picasso' and yes, I'm Spanish) mixed with Pop-rock. Great album with two instant classic (New Killer Star and Reality). Unfortunately, Bowie was so great with The Spiders and in his Berlin Era that this have to be a 7 album and
    Obviously his best album since...maybe Scary Monsters (no...don't say Let's Dance ¬¬).

    Rocker numbers, pop numbers, and some kind of Flamenco stuff ('Pablo Picasso' and yes, I'm Spanish) mixed with Pop-rock. Great album with two instant classic (New Killer Star and Reality).

    Unfortunately, Bowie was so great with The Spiders and in his Berlin Era that this have to be a 7 album and not a 9 or 10 one, but obviously is better than any average Pop artist from the 2010s.

    Those who don't like it: sorry, you don't like the REAL David Bowie.
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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 the sound of a man who's worked out how to be good again, who finally understands his own strengths and limitations.
  3. It's a little artier than Heathen, but similar in its feel and just as satisfying.