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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  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: 26 out of 27
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 27
  3. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. May 25, 2013
    This review contains spoilers. 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
  2. Apr 2, 2013
    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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