NOW THAT THE DUST HAS SETTLED
can we all agree that Bowie has a bunch of great individual songs, you can find something on almost pretty much every album, but the albums themselves don't hold up that well from start to finish.
this is true for a few of them (Diamond Dogs, I'm looking at you), but not the best ones
I have no context for the accuracy of this statement since I've never really reached an album phase with any artist and prefer to just listen to the songs individually, sorry for being a pleb senpai.
I am not a huge Bowie fan.
I like most of his work fine.
Blackstar is a complete stroke of genius, albeit a bit on the short side. It is a solid piece from beginning to end, and reminds me if early Pink Floyd. It has a constant feeling to it that builds, and then releases, and then Bowie dies.
All time fav will always be Modern Love.
It's so upbeat and hopeful.
Then Station to Station. What can I even say about Station it's genius and it's bright and it's intense and it fucking rocks.
For you maybe. I was like you when I was younger and it took me several years to really get into his work and ideas. I know love listening to his albums as a complete pieces of art. Pro tip: you will find underrated personal favorites nobody ever talks about after listening to his albums more than 3 times.
the albums he did with Iggy (the idiot and lust for life for those who don't know for some reason) are my personal faves. Pretty easy to tell they're just Bowie albums with Iggy doing most of the singing.
Lodger, Outside and Buddha of Suburbia were the albums I had the most problems to get into and I fucking love them now, too. There are always some tracks and skits I don't enjoy that much though.
The Man Who Sold the World
Station to Station
>A FEW DIPS
The Next Day
>EHH, SOME GOOD STUFF
Black Tie White Noise
Never Let Me Down
i disagree OP
the greatest thing about the berlin trilogy is how individualistic each album is within their own themes. Their interconnection is based on nuance, making them brilliantly consistent.
i'll agree with reality and hours, but i'm keeping the next day there
shit you're right
DD is my favorite bowie album so i'll put that in CONSISTENTLY GOOD but i imagine that'll be disagreed with
Lodger i'll put in A FEW DIPS, i love it but there are few bits that drag
Yes, this is how it is. Lazarus also builds a little, tries to rise properly then dies. Those mournful deep horns are one of the grimmest things I've ever heard, fucking great record.
I think he put a bit of Joy Division guitar there at the start as well.
No, it's because they kept deleting posts and starting new bowie stickies because it was getting too big. You never got to see how many posts they actually got combined.
What dust has settled? All but one of his acclaimed albums have been out for literally decades. You're saying that we have to wait until an artist dies to view them objectively? And we just have to wait 2 days?
Pre Lets Dance, all of Bowie's albums are best listened too as complete albums rather than 'hit singles' But then again I may be biased because I have reached puberty and grew up in a time when you put a needle on a piece of vinyl on the run in and took it off on the run out.
doesn't hold up after first 3 listens
>'tis a pity
pretty shit, nothing to do with themes of death
great but not sure what I would've thought about it before he died
even worse than 'tis a pity and it's not even a new song
>girl loves me
>can't give everything away
best song on the album
these are just my opinions. anyone else wanna compare their thoughts on it?
overall it's kind of uneven as an album but it ends strong. obviously songs like Lazarus are good because it's about him dying and he actually died, but i don't think it's anywhere near his best, it's just a nice farewell
maybe drags on a little but otherwise great
>'tis a pity
great, best song on the album
>girl loves me
>can't give everything away
I agree, but this can be said about 90% of all "Dadrock".
Even legendary artists were told to write 10+ songs for each album, and many times they had to whip together some pretty mediocre material to fill the gaps. That's just how commercial music works...
But Bowie did a wonderful job crafting a certain sound/feeling/vibe/persona for each individual record - Hunky Dory doesn't sound quite like Ziggy Stardust and Diamond Dogs doesn't sound quite like Low.
In that sense, most of his records are essential.
>and many times they had to whip together some pretty mediocre material to fill the gaps.
This. A lot of great classic music back in those days was also extremely commercial, because even legitimate artists couldn't make money without promotion.
People deride Blackstar as if Bowie's death made it more critically acclaimed. Of course this is ignoring the fact that it received raving reviews before his death, but why make the separation between the album and Bowie? Bowie was a performance artist, not just a musician, it's foolish to try to appreciate him just on the auditory level. At the very minimum watch the music videos. They're actually really fucking good, I don't think I ever saw a music video I can call "really fucking good" except Sledgehammer.
>tfw you realize you really fucking love Bowie after he died.
The Man Who Sold The World
Station To Station
FUCKING SCARY MONSTERS
I would agree with you in some albums like Young Americans, Diamond Dogs, The Next Day, Earthling, Reality, etc.