black tie white noise is the true best bowie album. most things on that album were bowie's ideas and were implemented by bowie himself under nile rodgers' production. the arrangements are lush and sophisticated, the music is a deconstruction of black dance, funk and soul music, with the overall philosophy of the album being somewhat of a peaceful and warm, calling to unity. the music is highly emotional for its genre (dance, pop, funk, soul). take pallas athena for example, it was one of his biggest achievements, but never quite managed to make charts, while its remixes were hit in european dance clubs. needles to mention the emotional peaks of the album, the title track and don't let me down & down. the title track is a masterpiece, sounding like a neverending sophisti-pop anthem... the culmination of bowie's work.
It's obviously "Heroes" and I'll tell you why. 1. Bowie's vocal performances on this album are some of the most passionately idiosyncratic of his entire career. The way he effortlessly fluctuates between straightforward singing, strained almost-shouting, quasi-spoken word and full-on screaming is really hypnotic. That's not to mention his wonderfully abstract, evocative lyrics that were mostly improvised on the spot. 2. Robert Fripp's guitar playing (also improvised) is absolutely superb. He takes his distinctive angular, methodical, often dissonant playing style and imbues it with a degree of fervour not usually found in his work. The end result excellently complements Bowie's trademark neurosis. 3. The whole album has this almost obsessive attention to detail in the production and arrangements that I can only assume is mostly Eno's doing. Tiny elements like the layered vocals in Joe the Lion, the shifting drum patterns in Sons of the Silent Age and the industrial-sounding percussive breaks in Blackout really bring the songs to life and help to elevate them that one step beyond into god-tier status. 4. The song structures of some of the tracks on here are completely bizarre. They aren't your typical verse/chorus/verse pop song formats, but they aren't miles away in the realm of progressive rock either. They usually start with a verse or two and then go straight into a bridge, then come out the other end into a repeating chorus or outro. He never really repeats himself either: he sings the same thing but with the lyrics slightly altered; the chords are the same but in a different order. It gives the songs this sense of constant progression that's really great and Kraut-esque.
>>61949792 >I had dismissed it years ago for whatever reason. I did that too, then sometime a couple years ago I randomly decided to revisit it and Blackout really clicked with me, followed by the rest of the album. I listened to almost nothing but "Heroes" and Low for about 3 months after that. I think that was the start of my Bowie phase.
>>61950231 First half of the album has some my most favorite tracks by him and sort of follows a concept (world music-ish), after that it kind of loses it (DJ is still a great song though). The last four songs aren't really anything special, but overall, the album as a whole is a 7/10. Think of it as Eno instrumentations with Bowie on vocals.
>>61949496 100% agree with this, i just started listening to bowie about 8 years ago with ziggy stardust and station to station, but just heard this album in it's entirety after his passing. it's quickly become one of my favorite albums for all the reasons you mentioned. it just feels incredibly personal and encapsulates all of his best qualities.
>>61948172 I consider Station to Station to be his best album. I don't think the berlin trilogy would had happened without it. Of course the same can be said about Station to Station without Young Americans.
Five Years, Suffragette City, Moonage Daydream, Starman, just too good
my personal favorite though is The Next Day. when "Where Are We Now?" dropped out of nowhere I was so surprised and elated. Dirty Boys, The Stars, Valentine's Day, You Will Set The World On Fire, Love is Lost, I just love so many of the tracks and it hit at the perfect time of my life
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