...it reminds me quite a lot of Robert Wyatt. Both in the timbre of his voice and the melody. Sounds cool though on a brief listen.
There's more of a crack/tremble in his voice now, rather like latterday Scott Walker, though unlike Scott he still seems to take himself seriously (this shouldn't be interpreted as a criticism of SW btw). The last minute or so is absolutely beautiful.
I'm just really happy to have him here, tbh - when I were a lad in the 90s we got a different Bowie album of wildly varying quality every year to two years, so his absence has been a bit heartbreaking, especially with all the health rumours. Even if this was his last record then I think something nice and statesmanlike to end things on seems a bit more appropriate than Reality.
oddly reminds me of the new Nick Cave track.
and maybe it's because I've been reading it, but I can't help but think the lyrics are inspired by WIll Self's Psychogeography
Anyway, if you haven't heard it yet, listen here: http://www.davidbowie.com/the-next-day
but it's fantastic to know that he's well enough to make a new record.
but I am glad he is well and recording and PERHAPS will tour, would love to go see him.
I honestly thought he was done; when Toy leaked I figured that was him trying to give fans some closure, so to speak. This has been an amazing surprise to wake up to. The sly old (diamond) dog - on his birthday, too!
"First song in 10 years? He's been dead since 1974"
"Aye, Ziggy Startdust, after that its no worth bothering about"
"Only ever made 3 albums - Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladin Sane, that's all ye need"
All 3 - "Aye!"
All three of them are 50+ and yet seem to have grasped the act of trolling quite well. What a bunch of lads!
who are that age and have an opinion on the matter one way or another
pick up The Man Who Sold The World and you're there ;-)
(That said, this new single is really good).
My only hard and fast rule to stick to with Bowie is avoid anything released between Let's Dance and Outside. That's a 5 album run in a discography of nearly 30.
Mind you, I wouldn't call 'Hours...' or Reality classics, but they're not bad by any stretch.
chubby little loser
but i think this is a really excellent song, very interested in hearing the album.
Think he needs to get back on the cocaine to be honest.
for a man with a heart problem.
Seems about on a par with other Bowie stuff since Earthling.
his defecto retirement last night.
Yeah I know how disparaging I am when people start harping on about dreams but ...
Anyway Anschul is right - listen without the vid. It's still not.... great .... but I'm glad he's about.
my hopes for new MBV are slightly upped again. Also, this new song's pretty good - I had no idea what to expect.
unfortunately I ruined i though by listening to that steaming turd of a new Suede song straight afterwards
He's an embarrassment on legs.
After his Vandellas cover with Jagger, and his pathetic 90s attempts to remain cool, he's managed to outdo himself with this bad CGI Rosie and Jim impression.
Ok he's got a few good records, but this man has put out innumerable volumes of pure shit.
When Blur put up Under the Westway last year, I'd put that up there as one of their best singles.
He OWNED the 70s. A bona-fide classic album every year of that decade. So, doesn't bother me that this song isn't too great or that the last 30 years have been patchy as hell. He can do what the fuck he wants.
And also he puts on amazing live shows. Glastonbury 2000, when he was sick with a sore throat and still pulled off a great set.
Saw him in Wellington New Zealand in 2004, during a freak summer storm that had closed every single route into the city and blown over most of the trees on the hill just behind the stadium, and he was there onstage in driving rain, gales blowing into his face, giving everything, saying "shall I keep going? I can take it if you can". When he could have just cut his set and walked off, because who cares about NZ anyway when you're a multi-millionaire rock star. Absolute class.
The 80's were an amazing time for him as well, even if you don't rate his records the way he adapted and led everyone into that 80's sound of Let's Dance, etc was as remarkable as his formative years.
All the boys wanted to be Bowie :D
I would argue that it's his best album. And I would win the argument.
was one of my best investments. Absolutely rinsed the fuck out of it. Was living with one other guy and my girlfriend at the time and every time he would return home I'd stick the title track on the turntable and blast it up just to annoy/make him laugh. I'm still not sure if it really pissed him off or not.
Sound pretty perfect for this point of his career (in similar vain to Johnny Cash).
Does anyone know anymore about the health rumours? The most concrete I've ever heard was that he definitely had a heart attack. He looks pretty old in that video, although not really seeing his hair doesn't help!
looks alright, looks about 66
It's 2013, Dave. There's no excuse for that production.
Knocked it up on MS Paint, eh?
I saw someone else posting it up, but they seemed to think it's real. Think that interview gives it away...
Jonathan Barnbrook has done the last three Bowie covers.
– What is the font you used for the main title?
It is a new font that we are working on called Doctrine – this is the first major use of it. Doctrine will be released in the coming weeks at VirusFonts.
It's a NEW font...that looks so much like Arial you'd have to be some kind of mouthbreathing font-geek not to assume it was Arial. Good work.
Hard-Fi levels of pseudo-cleverness. Except this is DAVID FUCKIN' BOWIE.
Let's face it, this whole thing is going to be a disaster
And the font? It's fucking Helvetica man, get over it.
when someone who has a legacy like his (ok someone with a very good legacy, count the number even close to him on one hand) that any new stuff is going to be hard to measure up. It's no instant 5 star classic song but it's lovely, it seems sombre like Heathen but maybe nicer produced. I think his last two albums were perfectly fine too so looking forward to it.
I do also admit that I'll often give songs with a slightly reflective feel over a career with genuine history some more love that out of context doesn't quite deserve.
Bring me the Disco King seemed his bowing out song quite abit, wonder if this album will be a bit less depressing.
Some good, some bad. I love what Scott Walker is doing, of course... but Tom Waits. Leonard Cohen. Bob Dylan. Paul McCartney. Those guys know how to age well without needing to go batty.
This new Bowie record seems to be in the same vein. Dignified, enjoyable music. Obviously not in the same class as his 70s work, but seemingly resigned from trying to be radio-ready or trendy. That was the problem, if anything, with his work post-Scary Monsters.
she said 'preferred his earlier stuff'
"a tragic political lament for humanity is the new song by david bowie, like a contemporary pop "the waste land". i write that fully acknowledging that most people will respond that it is a disappointment. it is the most decent act a legend popstar can do today
..... "just walking the dead""
but i lose indie points for not remembering the artist's name
I think the video would've been better if Iggy suddenly jumped in the studio halfway through and took all his clothes off but NO that didn't happen
can we all agree that this is pretty mediocre?
when this sounds like he's in his death throes.
and a little more volume on the dial, but this song is really doing it for me.
Hate to type this out. I don't love it. It's OK.
Still, I'm a fanatic. Will be first on my block to own album! :)
The whole nearly dying and disappearing for ten years is a PR masterstroke too(joke)..
....and a break from the over produced pap that is all over the mainstream these days
Quick CDr I knocked up for my Ireland tour starting later this week. Misc old and new recordings, I'll stick it on bandcamp too soon.
+ total budget homemade CDr version avaliable at my shows
but what is that new font you are using?????
If it was some new guy on the scene, I guarantee 100% that none of you would like it.
It's absolute dogshit.
this song could not have been written by 'some new guy on the scene'. much of the love directed to this track is for Bowie himself, for his journey. the general outpouring of appreciation is representative of that. does this song compare to his 70's heyday? no. is it going to change my life or give the world a brand new Ziggy-sized hard-on? highly unlikely. but, what it does do, very nicely indeed, is add another chapter to one of the greatest discographies in pop music. and that is plenty good enough for me.
How good does this album need to be to make its release worthwhile? I didn't think David needed to make a comeback at all, so I'll settle for nothing less than 9/10.
This is one of my most anticipated albums of the year, read more waffle here, danke:
I've only heard it twice. Knowing that it exists is driving me insane with hatred.