how do we rank Bowie's vocal performances?
which song do you think he delivers his best?
ones i had in mind, off the top of my head:
>Look Back in Anger
>Wild is the Wind
>Rock 'n' Roll With Me
>basically every song on Hunky Dory
what else do we consider?
The thing with Bowie is he wasn't, by any measure, a technical singer. However, this is irrelevant, because his extremely unique and distinctive voice & vocal style makes up for it.
I'd say space oddity is up there though
>The thing with Bowie is he wasn't, by any measure, a technical singer.
That's the same shit people have been saying just because he doesn't sound like anybody else. Try to sing Life on Mars? or Heroes and tell me he's not technical.
He's a pretty damn technical singer with one of the best ranges of all time that only improved as time went on. The man's voice control is legendary. It's an unusual singing method but it's by no means not technical. I don't think there's a singer alive that could accurately replicate a lot of Bowie's signature techniques.
Time was definitely more of an artistic piece of work than sheer vocal performance. Lady Grinning Soul on the other hand has some absolutely phenomenal vocal work if we're taking something from Aladdin Sane.
Lou Reed could barely string a note together compared to the likes of Bowie. Most his songs he just fucking talks on (and it works because its Lou Reed).
Captain Beefheart is the absolute king if we are going down that route.
The ending of Five Years always sends shivers down my spine. The way he flawlessly conveys the emotions of someone coming to the realization that their time to be alive is limited, hollow and reluctant acceptance which turns to screaming to tears and pleading. And all of that emotion packed into two little words, the man was a goddamn legend and no one will ever come close again.
Such an amazing, ballsy opening to an album. Anyone else would've put Starman or Ziggy Stardust as Track 1 and had something like Five Years as an album ender, but Bowie wanted to bring you right in from the start.
To be played at maximum volume
never forget the first impression of 5 Years
>"woah that got pretty crazy"
>halfway through album
>"... lets listen to the first song again"
it was cold, and it rained, so i felt like an actor ...
The end of candidate and the way it crashes into Sweet Thing Reprise might still be my favourite moment of Bowie:
>I guess we could cruise one more time
>with YOU on our side, 'should be fine
>we'll buy some drugs and watch a band
>and jump in a river holding hands
Then the fucking saxophone hits you in like a freight train
Bowie had that trilogy on his album of his best songs in his opinion. He actually had patrician taste in his own work.