10 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This ambitious album has a lot going on, including a cameo by actor Mickey Rourke and the surprise addition of Peter Frampton on lead guitar. The pumped-up, club-friendly drums mark this as an ‘80s production, but Bowie was also writing offbeat songs like "Glass Spider," a mini-epic with spoken narration and a Tolkien-esque fantasy storyline. Bowie is touching on the title song, where he sounds remarkably like his late friend John Lennon. Another old friend, Iggy Pop, gets covered on the rowdy "Bang Bang."

EDITORS’ NOTES

This ambitious album has a lot going on, including a cameo by actor Mickey Rourke and the surprise addition of Peter Frampton on lead guitar. The pumped-up, club-friendly drums mark this as an ‘80s production, but Bowie was also writing offbeat songs like "Glass Spider," a mini-epic with spoken narration and a Tolkien-esque fantasy storyline. Bowie is touching on the title song, where he sounds remarkably like his late friend John Lennon. Another old friend, Iggy Pop, gets covered on the rowdy "Bang Bang."

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Bete Noire ,

Missing a song...

Great album, but what happened to "Too Dizzy?" I know it's part of the original release, because I own it.

MinecraftRises ,

Excellent airplay Bowie for the 80

Follow up to Let's Dance. Rocking with a big rhythm section. Nothing slow on this album. 80's glossy production works well with the material. Excellent musicianship. Nice guitar work.

Ben Kenon ,

Dated, But Underrated

I’ve always kind of avoided this record. I’ve owned it for years (huge Bowie fan), but the keyboards and drum machines really turned me off. With the news of an impending box set with a re-imagined version of this record I decided to give it another shot.

This is not a forgotten masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but what it is, is a very talented artist kind of throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. The 2018 version of “Zeroes” is definitely better than the original, but “Time Will Crawl” sounds pretty fresh in today’s 80’s obsessed culture, “Day In Day Out” is pretty good, and “Glass Spider” is weird and interesting. I can’t wait to see what they do with “Shining Star,” which is inexplicable in its original form.

If you like Bowie, you ought to check this out. It’s not the best, but it’s not the worst (that would be “Tonight”), and some of the songs are genuinely good, albeit buried under a metric ton of 1980’s production.

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