So can we agree that this is a 10/10? It is very apparent now that it was an album about his death, making the lyrics incredibly, emotionally impactful. The man's a fucking genius.
>pretending to care about washed up 80s musician because you played phantom pain.
I've been listening to it solid since Thursday night and was listening when I saw the announcement pop up on FB today. I thought it was his birthday gift to us but it was his farewell; I should have known better but I couldn't think the unthinkable.
I'm listening to the lyrics really closely now and anybody else feel fucking dumb? The lyrics to a lot of these songs are basically, "I'm gonna fucking die, guys" yet I've always saw Bowie as something immortal and the thought never crossed my mind that this would be the end.
Nah he's right.
mgsfags grab onto anything to make their shitty cult seem relevant. It's not:
> I'm sad that Bowie's gone
> I'm sad that Kojima is sad that Bowie is gone ;_;
It's fucking annoying.
go back to whatever board you came from
>I'm so much of a dumbass that I never got into Bowie except when I heard him in a video game once.
>Only people who played that video game would like Bowie.
>Bowie has no merit independent of his inclusion in muh fav past time.
Fuuuuuck off worst dub opinions
"I've got scars that can't be seen"
"Something happened on the day he died"
"Look up here I'm in heaven"
"I'll be free. Just like that Bluebird
"Where the fuck did monday go?
"The clinic called. The x-ray's fine"
"It’s all gone wrong but on and on. The bitter nerve ends never end. I'm falling down"
"I know something is very wrong
The pulse returns the prodigal sons
The blackout hearts, the flowered news
With skull designs upon my shoes"
I'd like to imagine he faked his death and he'll die of old age somewhere remote and freaky.
>two days after birthday album release
>full head of hair
>looks like a healthy aging man
>dwindling public presence presumably getting tired of the spotlight
A boy can dream.
it would make more sense if he died on monday for the "where the fuck did monday go" thing. like as if it came and he didnt get to experience it so it left.. "where the fuck did monday go"
All of this: http://www.davidbowie.com/news/lazarus-lyrics-full-55371
The last track implies he can't share with the world he has cancer.
"I'm a blackstar" -- this one is the most obvious.
This vid came out four days ago and i thought the timing was due to the album launch, but the reality is it's due to his imminent death. The lyric and imagery, there's no denying it.
Rest in peace Bowie man, I loved you as much as I know you loved all of us.
>Look up here, man, I’m in danger
>I’ve got nothing left to lose
>I’m so high it makes my brain whirl
>Dropped my cell phone down below
Yeah it's not even trying to hide the fact that this is a man who is in and out of radiation/chemo treatments and going through complete and utter hell.
It's fucking amazing that he had the strength and cognizance in his final months to make this album.
>People only know David Bowie from an unfinished, rushed and poorly plot developed piece of shit game that is Phantom Pain.
also keep in mind that this is technically the star of david
whatever that may imply
dead david? I'm just saying despite the music video, there may be no direct correlation to astronomy.
Maybe he thought he would be dead before the release. It would be a posthumous album full of plain messages.
>I Can't Give Everything Away
>I can't answer why, just go with me
He wanted to say something but that information was never for us to know, I'm very glad the album came out untainted by "GUYS HE HAS CANCER" bullshit, and feel immensely saddened
The unnamed poet credits the symbol's origin to King Solomon, and says the symbol is key to understanding the work.
although yeah I guess its not called the star of solomon either. still though there may be no direct correlation between astronomy and blackstar as this symbol has lots of meanings.
There's been hints that there's more tracks from the Blackstar sessions unreleased, like one of the studio musicians said there was a track called Somewhere
If David gave an order like "release this after I pass" for anything..it'd be crazy
>I know something is very wrong
The pulse returns the prodigal sons
The blackout hearts, the flowered news
With skull designs upon my shoes
>Seeing more and feeling less, saying no, but meaning yes, that's the message that I sent, I can't give everything away
he couldn't fucking tell us, everytime the public pressed him on his health and he told us he's fine, fucking shit I'm crying
part of this especially the fact that he "cant give everything away" may be more of a reference to wanting to keep something of himself, to himself, and theres nothing in our entire existence thats more personal and unique to us than our own death. Its like, if hed told everyone, the last private thing he had would have been on sale along with the album.
What an outro, what a beautiful outro, bowie till the very end, a horrificly upsetting but amazing swan song.
Fucking damn it. There was one point through my first listen to Blackstar, where I thought that it had so much emphasis on death, that he might be trying to tell us something, before telling myself that "nah he seems to be pretty lively in those recent music videos".
He knew all fucking long, that he was going away, and this album as his swansong is so tragically fitting, I don't even know what to say. I feel like someone who didn't make it to the hospital in time to say goodbye to a close friend.
thinking more on it... the sorrow of him saying he cant give everything away makes it feel as if hes sorry he cant share his death with us, like he feels selfish about not sharing it the way he shared his other life experiences... knowing full well that he'd written the album to do just that, but that it wouldn't be understood until he was gone, which he also knew.
holy shit how do you even analyze this? This is literally a dead man talking about his death. Im just, I cant even,
Normally I throw alot of Bowie analysis out the window due to his cryptic nature but this ones so astoundingly obvious that it makes you wonder how the fuck no one caught on.
>"The clinic called. The x-ray's fine"
FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK
I can’t answer why (I’m a blackstar)
Just go with me (I’m not a filmstar)
I’m-a take you home (I’m a blackstar)
Take your passport and shoes (I’m not a popstar)
And your sedatives, boo (I’m a blackstar)
You’re a flash in the pan (I’m not a marvel star)
I’m the Great I Am (I’m a blackstar)
This elevates Blackstar to something entirely different. I don't even want to put it on a scale, it doesn't deserve that.
Bowie fought 18-months of Cancer, and still managed to record one last album for his fans. It doesn't matter if it's a 8/10 or a 10/10.
I can't quite put it into words properly, but judging the album would be like saying "hmmm 8/10 best new farewell" to your dad on his deathbed.
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>bowie is only notable for phantom pain
what the fug
That's what I'm thinking, too
It probably was his initial plan, but I hope that he could find a little joy in experiencing the reaction to a brand new release of his. While he knew so much more than anyone else, controlling the scene as always.
This is wrong a black hole is not a dying star it's a star that exploded and collapsed in on itself
A black star is some weird thing that scientists found that rotates/emits radiation or something to that effect in such an odd unnatural way that begs the question as to wether or not it's an actual star or some kind of artificial alien thing.
Anyway the term black star here clearly has a lot to do with his impending death regardless of what it actually is
>actual star or some kind of artificial alien thing.
>artificial alien thing
>"Where the fuck did Monday go?"
>today is Monday
His last album released on his birthday, left us two days later on the Sunday, where the fuck did Monday go.
Damn everything about this album is a mindfuck now.
>>Lazarus was resurrected after four days
Damn dude, I knew about Lazarus being resurrected etc, but not the 4 day thing.
Holy fuck man, everything was planned to a T, I wish Bowie was here to see peoples reactions to all this, damn...
>death announced on monday
>monday will be filled with so much grief that it will pass unexpectedly
>Local newspaper released Blackstar review calling it utter shit today
I just imagine the guy responsible for that going 'fuckfuckfuckfuck' finding out what happened)
but he deserves that for being fucking tasteless idiot
>tfw Dollar Days is making me cry now
>If I never see the English evergreens I’m running to
>It’s nothing to me
>It’s nothing to see
lazarus is insanely unsettling to listen to now
the video also
It is a sad day and for him we must go to the creepy 90's chat room game Bowie himself helped to build and enter Bowieworld
I can't wait when all the christians jump and say it's about Bowie selling his soul to the Devil when he himself it's about ISIS and how religion is twisted around for personal ends.
actually this is the only western song about ISIS which actually came out the same day as blackstar and has a strikingly similar cover
This is probably the most important thing musically to happen during /mu/'s lifespan for so many reasons
He is somewhat right, though Bowie did subvert his image a lot. He didn't make himself into a permanent cultural icon like Hendrix, Morrison or Cobain. He was playful with it, and who's to say that's not an art in itself? Content and context are equally important in art imo.
Yeah. It's all about death. The Lazarus music video literally happens on his deathbed with death haunting him as he works trying to outrun death. He's rushing to finish his album while death is clawing at him from under his bed.
Lazarus was an amazing song before but after this...fuck.
Pic related, it's david bowie.
>On the day of execution, on the day of execution
On the day I kill myself
>Only women kneel and smile, ah-ah, ah-ah
It's okay to cry.
>At the centre of it all, at the centre of it all
>Your eyes, your eyes
The whole album is performance art and we're in the middle of it all, watching it all happen.
I listened to this album like 10 times before he died and it's taken on a whole new meaning now...wow...
Its terribly Bowie to make his death a performance piece. It's kind of beautiful.
Whether you like it or not, his death has changed this album, and not in the generic "it was the last album they released before they died" way.
I've always seen David Bowie as a performance artist who uses music as his medium and that's what this is. A piece of performance art.
The album was great before, but its phenomenal now.
I don't think so, he was working on other projects than just the album and probably wanted to do as much as he could before he dies. I think it's a bit disrespectful to think that he would use his death as part of an album release.
Of course he fucking would. He knew he wasn't long for the world and purposely made an album about him dying with the intent that it would take on a new meaning after he popped his cloggs.
Did he purposely die early to make it seem cooler? I doubt it.
>That shot in the Lazarus video where Bowie is frantically writing songs whilst the skull of Major Tom watches him, all whilst we cut to shots of Bowie reaching out helplessly from a hospital bed
Well yeah that's what I mean, he wouldn't accelerate his death for just some promotional stunt, but that's what a lot of people seem to think. Of course the album is tied incredibly closely to his death.
>>Your eyes, your eyes
>The whole album is performance art and we're in the middle of it all, watching it all happen.
Yeah, before it was just a Bowie album that people though was a bit out there and wondering what it all meant, Bowies death/illness was the key to unlocking the whole theme.
>The whole album is performance art
Damn right man, classic Bowie.
>Guy known for writing concept albums and making art pieces out of music videos
>ayyy make the gullibe retards lap it up
Mate, even if you don't see it as art, Bowie was an artist and took the concept of art pretty fucking seriously.
but sure keep up the cynicism senpai
It rather looks like he postponed his death. Have you ever had someone close to you fight a losing battle against cancer? The medically assisted suicide part is usually when death takes its time for too long.
I'm not saying he's not an artist. I'm just saying it's pretty manipulative releasing a mediocre album like that on the verge of your death knowing full well that everyone, critics included, would lap it up just because he's dead.
>It was 5/10 yesterday and it's 5/10 today. His death doesn't change that, guys. I know how much you love to hype shit but just because he's dead doesn't make this album good.
I'm guessing you can't feel emotions.
His death makes this album almost 10/10. He's tricked us all.
I think its either this or the fact he can't give all the love he has for everything in life away for anyone else to feel as he does. Or the fact he feels like he can't fully express all the ideas he had as a musician because he was running out of time.
I'm not a huge Bowie fan, but this last album carries a lot of great meaning in conjunction with a really unique sound. It's really good.
>Considering that God doesn't exist, the opinion of an extremely influential man part of an institution whose values are in complete antithesis to the way Bowie lived is worth shit
Your fedora might be a bit too tight, it's preventing blood from oxygenating your brain
I'm an atheist actually mate, I'm just not an edgy cunt about it
I TOLD HIM TO GO FUCKING DIE TWO DAYS AFTER THE RECORD CAME OUT AND HE ACTUALLY DID IT, THE ABSOLUTE MADMAN
I think this might have been a valid criticism, maybe, if he had died before the album got reviewed.
Instead he kept it a secret and released a pretty damn good set of songs that took on new meaning after finding out the guy was dying for 18 months (the whole production.)
>Also confirmed is LCD Soundsystem founder James Murphy’s involvement on the album. He played percussion on two tracks, though his role on the record was originally going to be more prominent. “At one point we were talking about three producers for the album: David, James and myself,” says Visconti.
>“[Murphy] was there for a brief time, but he had his own projects to go off to.”
oh boy wonder how he feels about that decision now