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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. 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.
  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. 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.
  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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  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Jul 20, 2015
    10
    Obra-Prima!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Incluindo a Bonus Track "Fly".......... Super Álbum mas é um exagero dizerem que é o melhor álbumObra-Prima!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Incluindo a Bonus Track "Fly".......... Super Álbum mas é um exagero dizerem que é o melhor álbum desde o Scary Monsters 1980.........
    Sendo que Let's Dance (1983),Never Let Me Down (1987),Earthling (1997) e principalmente 'Hours...' 1999 é obras-primas de Bowie
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  2. TrevorG
    Sep 19, 2003
    10
    A fantastic example of why David Bowie is the worlds most important & influential recording artist. Totally amazing........... zoki p (Rating A fantastic example of why David Bowie is the worlds most important & influential recording artist. Totally amazing........... zoki p (Rating 1???) don't worry there's alway's the best of Boyz Zone. Expand
  3. KylarL
    Oct 27, 2006
    10
    Finally a return. This most definitely is his best work since Let's Dance. Let's hope for more along this quality.
  4. RodP
    Sep 19, 2003
    9
    Excellent songs with a rawer edge than the past couple of albums (Heathen & Hours).
  5. DarrylG
    Sep 22, 2003
    9
    Sweet God in Heaven this Star is a Killer. Praise all who not only think of what could have been but rather what is ...and those who dwell in Sweet God in Heaven this Star is a Killer. Praise all who not only think of what could have been but rather what is ...and those who dwell in the day still to come. Bowie will rock me from my cradle to my grave! Expand
  6. EdS
    Sep 21, 2003
    8
    Tight production that really kicks in starting with New Killer Star. He puts fun into this song with the "loose" guitar sounds. I get to play Tight production that really kicks in starting with New Killer Star. He puts fun into this song with the "loose" guitar sounds. I get to play this often now than Heathen's "Sunday", one of my favorite Bowie tunes (or "Cactus" lol). Expand
  7. zokip
    Sep 17, 2003
    1
    shit.the worse b album after heathen

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