Mar 11, 2013The 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]
Feb 25, 2013It 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.
Apr 24, 2013The 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]
Mar 31, 2013After 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
Mar 14, 2013A brilliant treat from an enduring original. It's all about what was once known as "Album Oriented Rock" While there is no clear chart topping hit, every song works towards the creation of a greater whole. Each listen, three as of this writing, gives me something new to appreciate and I'm getting right back in there as soon as I'm done here. It's been far too long an absence of Bowie from the musical zeitgeist and he's back with some really thoughtful, topical lyrics and a great band of musical co conspirators. Haven't heard anything nearly as compelling for over a decade from the corporate wasteland of well hyped mediocrity… Collapse
Mar 17, 2013I've never properly listened to David Bowie, but giving this record a few listens has made me reconsider listening to a lot of his older work. The Next Day shows a much older Bowie seeming to come to grips with his life, and reminiscing about his earlier youth. Each track shows a man that's been in the music business for over 4 decades. All In All, David Bowie sounds distant, yet completely intoxicating on The Next Day.… Expand
Jan 20, 2014It'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.… Expand
Mar 17, 2013Sadly, there nothing special about this album except it is Bowie's return. I am glad he is back and his voice sounds great. The production is professional and everything is done like the pro he is. However, there is nothing memorable here that makes one scream out to play a certain track again. It is frankly a boring CD. You will put it on the in the rack after the third listen. Now that he is back, may the next one contain some rock and roll.… Expand
Jun 1, 2013I'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)?… Expand
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