Where would you rank this in his discography? I never really listened to much of him but decided to start with this and I think it's great.
Fourth for me, which is high considering his extensive discography.
Low > Ziggy Stardust > Station to Station > Blackstar > Hunky Dory > Lodger > The Next Day > Heroes > Scary Monsters > Alladin Sane > Heathen > Reality > Young Americans > Space Oddity > Outside > The Man Who Sold the World > Tonight > Earthling > Diamond Dogs > Let's Dance > Hours > Black Tie White Noise > Never Let Me Down > Pin Ups > David Bowie
Listen to his entire discography in order, honestly. It's the right way to experience the man.
If that doesn't interest you, Low, Ziggy, Hunky Dory, Station to Station, and Heroes are the "essentials".
I'd also lump Scary Monsters, Lodger, The Next Day, and Aladdin Sane in there.
>recommending Bowie's longest record to someone who hasn't listened to Bowie before Blackstar
I get it, people think outside is underrated.
But, it's not. It's just really long, and as a result there's a good album in there somewhere.
I would but he just has so much stuff. I'll listen to the best, then come back later and listen to all of it.