Was planning on picking this up this morning anyway then I woke to the tragic news. Listening to it for the first time now while writing, realizing what I write today would be much different than what I might have written yesterday. I know nothing about this album except that it's produced by longtime producer Tony Visconti and Bowie experimented by hiring jazz musicians to play rock music.
Metacritic currently has it rated at 86. My favorite quote comes from The Guardian:
His 25th studio album concludes with I Can’t Give Everything Away, which seems to offer those attempting to unravel his lyrics a wry “best of luck with that” (“Saying no but meaning yes, this is all I ever meant, that’s the message that I sent”) while loudly trumpeting his own carefully maintained mystique.Best of luck with that.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #1
Tracks: 7 tracks, 41 minutes.
- ★ - actually a 10 minute medley of two songs, they're both beautiful melodies, but the first is purposefully obliterated by the aggressive drums. The second half descends into pseudo-funk before going back to the original theme with totally different backing drums. Is that an accordion? I cant' read the credits/lyrics because they're printed gloss black on flat black and my old eyes can't read it. The track is mesmerizing, though.
- 'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore - a relentless rock track with screeching avant-garde saxophone. Intensity builds throughout, leaving me exhausted by the end.
- Lazarus - lazy, midtempo self-epitaph about death. Musically, least favorite track so far. Lyrically, my favorite.
- Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) - a modified Bo Didley beat over a 'drum and bass' drum track with lots of chordal dissonance. Over all this mess, a slow, lyrical melody unfolds. And, in typical Bowie style, it all freakin' works somehow. Another track that leaves me exhausted.
- Girl Loves Me - Not my thing musically, but I did like the pervasive lyric, "Where the f*ck did Monday go?" as I feel that's what I'll be thinking tonight.
- Dollar Days - My favorite track so far, maybe because it's the most traditional pop song on the album. Even the sax solo plays it safe. It segues into...
- I Can't Give Everything Away - Another beautiful pop track that sounds a lot like Roxy Music to me with an excellent guitar solo. Gorgeous way to end the album.
Gonna post this and listen again.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Still to come.
Previously revisited for the blog:
The Next Day (2013)
Zeit! 77-79 (2013)
Let's Dance (1983)