16 Songs, 1 Hour 8 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Heathen was recorded on either side of the 9/11 tragedy, and much of the project examines Bowie's post-disaster thoughts on mankind's place in the world. Reflective tracks like the pained "Slow Burn" and the swirling rocker "Afraid" match thoughtful lyrics to full, subtly detailed production. An unexpected trio of covers—the Pixies' stomping "Cactus," Neil Young's anguished "I've Been Waiting for You," and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy's oddball "I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship"—help make this one of Bowie's most eclectic albums.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Heathen was recorded on either side of the 9/11 tragedy, and much of the project examines Bowie's post-disaster thoughts on mankind's place in the world. Reflective tracks like the pained "Slow Burn" and the swirling rocker "Afraid" match thoughtful lyrics to full, subtly detailed production. An unexpected trio of covers—the Pixies' stomping "Cactus," Neil Young's anguished "I've Been Waiting for You," and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy's oddball "I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship"—help make this one of Bowie's most eclectic albums.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

BirdieFishie ,

Gorgeous Vocal Hug from David Bowie

This album is so utterly fantastic. It is heartwarming and comforting, yet also brave, comforting, contemplative, and playful. It's everything a great album should be. It is absolute perfection from beginning to end. Not too heavy, not too lite. The first half of the album begins with a barrage of beauty and intrigue, creating this phenomenal futuristic nostalgic sound, evoking a contour of emotions. Yet it's grounded in earthy, existential reality through Bowie's powerful use of descriptive imagery, which emphasizes the limitations (as well as capacity) of our mind to hold on to memories as well as each other. It then eases into the second half of the album which becomes a bit more playful, but no less beautiful than the first half. I cannot speak highly enough of this beautiful work of art which is too often passed over. This album has the capacity to bring a caring listener to tears, then laughter, "quietude", then excitement and finishes the listener's experience with a gentle and measured, yet hopeful departure into the future. It is a mature Bowie sound that oozes with love and beauty.

Lester Banger ,

Bowie's Best In Years

Bowie's best in years. Most guitar driven album since Scary Monsters. Speaking of which, Pete Townsend returns to guest on Slow Burn, an album highlight. Epic cover of Neil Young's I've Been Waiting For You. Cactus is good fun but is one of the least essential tracks here. Gemini Spaceship seems tailor made. Sunday is the most haunting & atmospheric track, bringing Scott Walker to mind. The eerie quirkiness of Slip Away is vintage Bowie & Everyone Says Hi, is as catchy as it gets. As for the rest---not bad. After producing most of Bowie's classic 70's work, producer Tony Visconti returns to twiddle the knobs. Where Bowie's post Let's Dance output seemed cluttered, cold or at worst, uninspired, Visconti brings a warmth & space & atmosphere long missing. In terms of late career Bowie---this is the one to get.

messymarvin ,

Just Perfect

After a few EDM efforts, Bowie finally connects with this post electronic collection. Moody synths juxtapose poppy hooks, all serving Bowie's incredible vocals.

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