The Next Day - David Bowie
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  • Summary: In the works for over two years with producer Tony Visconti, this is the first new studio release from David Bowie in ten years.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 44
  2. Negative: 0 out of 44
  1. Mar 11, 2013
    100
    The Next Day is a loud, thrilling, steamrollingly confident rock and roll album full of noise, energy, and words that--if as cryptic as ever they were--sound like they desperately need to be sung. [Apr 2013, p.92]
  2. Feb 25, 2013
    100
    It is an enormous pleasure to report that the new David Bowie album is an absolute wonder: urgent, sharp-edged, bold, beautiful and baffling, an intellectually stimulating, emotionally charged, musically jagged, electric bolt through his own mythos and the mixed-up, celebrity-obsessed, war-torn world of the 21st century.
  3. Mar 11, 2013
    88
    It’s his most consistent and rewarding work since “Scary Monsters and Super Creeps” in 1980.
  4. Feb 25, 2013
    80
    An album that's thought-provoking, strange and filled with great songs.
  5. Mar 11, 2013
    80
    There are no duds here, though Bowie definitely misses the hipster mark on occasion.
  6. It demands that you listen to it in this moment, not that you give it an easy ride because this is the man who made ‘Heroes’; and its songs more than live up to the demand.
  7. Apr 24, 2013
    40
    The rest of the album makes the distance between now and (Berlin) then of "Where Are We Now?" painfully evident, a pain heightened by Visconti's failure to convert this collection of session muso workouts into anything memorable. [May 2013, p.55]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 4 out of 32
  1. Mar 12, 2013
    10
    At first i missed an experimental avantgarde sound, but the more i listen, the more it´s great. i guess it´ll follow me a longer time with it´s catchy melodies and fresh energy. Expand
  2. Mar 31, 2013
    10
    After 10 years David Bowie releases his new album 'The Next Day'; an experimental collection of songs that are the best in his catalogue of material and the best since 'Scary Monsters...' 33 years ago. After some disappointing work in the 90s and early 2000s this is a return to form for Bowie and is the greatest comeback album for any act of the past decade. From nostalgic ballads (Where Are We Now) to songs from the perspective of school shooters and WW2 soldiers (Valentine's Day and I'd Rather Be High respectively) this is Bowie at his most creative and innovative. Expect more of this in the future. Expand
  3. Jun 15, 2013
    9
    Bowie is back! The songs are melodically tight, arrangement-wise a treat, and lyrically brilliant Which is the reason we all tuned into Bowie in the first place. It grows with each passing listen Definitely one of 2013's best album, un-expectation and all. Expand
  4. Apr 23, 2013
    8
    I was pleasantly surprised when I heard that David Bowie was coming out with a new album. And this did not disappoint. The first single, "Where Are We Now", is an amazing and downright beautiful track. I even broke my rule about buying deluxe editions and spent the extra bit of cash for the deluxe edition. The bonus tracks were worth it. Expand
  5. Jan 20, 2014
    7
    It's David Bowie, and he still has it. In a big way.

    There are some very great tracks in here (not all of them, though). The music is
    diverse and exciting, resulting in quite a rock album.

    His singing is a joy to listen to. My favorite track, vocally, is "How Does the Grass Grow?". He sounds so energetic.

    Glad to see him back. Even if the overall output doesn't reach the heights of his work in the 70s, it's pretty good in its own right.
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  6. Apr 14, 2013
    5
    Having only heard a few Bowie songs here and there, this was my first time of listening to a full length album. I've been led to believe that it isn't quite like his past work, but as far as I can see, it's ok. There's two bad ones, a few mediocre ones, some very decent ones and some great standouts. Dirty Boys, Love Is Lost, How Does The Grass Grow? and (You Will) Set The World On Fire are definitely the best the album has to offer, You Feel So Lonely You Could Die and Heat are very good and deluxe edition bonus tracks like Plan and God Bless The Girl are worth checking out. Despite all this, there's nothing that completely grips me. I'm not getting all the love for Valentine's Day the final few seconds with the awesome guitar is brilliant, but the rest seems very cheesy to me and Dancing Out In Space is most definitely a track I could've done without. Apart from these two, the piece of work is overall ok. But nowhere near the masterpiece the critics have made it out to be. Expand
  7. Jun 1, 2013
    0
    I'm a Bowie fan from before Ziggy Stardust. But "The Next Day" is pure crap. It's one of the most tuneless, soulless, robotic and boring pieces of rubbish to ever pollute the airwaves. It's even worse than that; it's excrutiatingly painful and puke-inducing to listen to. Even the most non-musically-talented garage band can do better than this.

    Bowie is the third most brilliant musician to have ever lived (after Pink Floyd and Vangelis). What on earth went wrong?

    And why do so many people appear to like this album (or are all the reviewers just paid record company shills)?
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