19 Songs, 1 Hour 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Bowie of many voices was at play on this 1995 rediscovery of core musical values. He dusted off some of his best ideas—Berlin-era electronic music (with Brian Eno), scathing guitar, limber jazz piano—and created a song suite with a loose narrative that allowed him to switch suddenly from urbane crooner with a London twang (“The Motel,” “Outside”) to muttering alien lizard (“The Hearts Filthy Lesson”) at the drop of an arched eyebrow. “Hallo Spaceboy” is a particular peak, a theatrical, grinding push through industrial beats that announced the old, weird Bowie was back in business.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Bowie of many voices was at play on this 1995 rediscovery of core musical values. He dusted off some of his best ideas—Berlin-era electronic music (with Brian Eno), scathing guitar, limber jazz piano—and created a song suite with a loose narrative that allowed him to switch suddenly from urbane crooner with a London twang (“The Motel,” “Outside”) to muttering alien lizard (“The Hearts Filthy Lesson”) at the drop of an arched eyebrow. “Hallo Spaceboy” is a particular peak, a theatrical, grinding push through industrial beats that announced the old, weird Bowie was back in business.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Caroline@1here ,

Outside

Outside is my favorite David Bowie album. I'm Deranged, No Control, The Motel, Segue- Ramona A. Stone- I am With Name, The Heart's Filthy Lesson....so many great songs on this album. I would have to list all the songs... Outside deserves more praise. It is so different. Five stars. Would give more stars if I could. I hope that David Bowie releases the outtakes. Thanks David Bowie!

The Offwhite Knight ,

Criminally underrated

For fans of Ziggy Stardust, this is such a complete departure from Bowies 70s heyday that it has inspired a lot of hatred from otherwise fanatical Bowie fans. And that's utterly unfair. Messy, industrial, postmodern, it's really a 21st cyberpunk opera, with spoken word bits flowing and surrounding alternately aggressive and beautiful songs. It's shockingly coherent for something so seemingly messy and it really rewards repeated listening. It's a great record and, personally, long been one of my "desert island discs."

johnemr ,

Another Apex

Bowie and Brian Eno are back together on this record and the results are as hot as Low and Heroes were. This is some of Bowie's best since the Scary Monsters era...

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