Sunday, March 03, 2013

Stream David Bowie's New Comeback Album "The Next Day"

"The Stars Are Out Tonight"

David Bowie's much heralded comeback album, "The Next Day", will be available for purchase on March 12. But you don't have to wait until then. For a limited time, "The Next Day" is available as a free stream through iTunes.

Click here to stream "The Next Day"

A lot has been made of the Bowie's surprise record release after 10 years of silence. Critics seem to be jumping up and down with excitement and hyperbole. Others are less ready to jump on the bandwagon, which is understandable given Bowie's suspect and uneven body of work since the 80s.

"Where Are We Now", certainly a strange choice for a comeback single, fanned the flames of those who proclaim Bowie has lost his musical chops. Taken on it's own, the song seems languid and depressing. But as part of the album, it sounds different as sandwiched between a couple of upbeat rockers. The hope and optimism of the song struck me completely differently when I listened to the whole record.

Bowie most cherished songs don't always immediately become favorites. First time I heard "Heroes" I thought it was strange yet catchy. I didn't love it, but there was something there I wanted more of. And after a few listens, I was hooked. I think the man enjoys creating compelling music while simultaneously challenging the listener a bit. Bowie's best work usually created sonic mindworms that took a while to incubate. That is the Bowie trademark and it continues on this album.

The voice is still there. And Most importantly, Bowie sounds ENGAGED, like he's having fun and couldn't care less what the rest of us think. Just like the old days.

Los Angeles DJ
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