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DAVID BOWIE

6/10

BLACKSTAR/RCA

No one really knew if Bowie’s dramatic comeback album The Next Day would be a one off, or the start of a new era from the otherwise reclusive legend. This new album (titled as a symbol, pronounced as Blackstar) kind of evades both possibilities. He’s certainly got more he wants to give, but nothing that follows on in the style of its bombastic, more satisfying predecessor.

The ten minute title track could well be an artistic piece of its own, on which he toys with form and style, mumbling quasi-threatening lyrics over an agitated drum pattern before moving into a reflective ballad − as funky and soulful as he has ever been. On this, as with Lazarus (which also features in his new off-Broadway musical), he evokes the cosmic themes that permeate his back catalogue.

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