An Early Contender


Last year I began working on my year-end top ten list in April. By that time I had heard several tunes I didn’t want to forget by December so I copied a few YouTube videos into a post and continued to work on it through the year.

It looks like this year I’ll have to start even sooner!

Granted, David Bowie does lose a few points for the whole dying thing. That seems to be a common trick to boost record sales. I’m sure STP and Motorhead are both seeing surges in revenue now, but I have to say Bowie put out some great stuff on his swan song. I listened to Heathen a few years ago and wasn’t really impressed. Honestly I like his hits but the only album I love front to back is Ziggy Stardust. That might change after I check out Blackstar.

I know the first single has everything I love about Bowie. Hooks, lyrics and being really, really fucking weird.

 

The sad thing is that I’m sure I wouldn’t be having the same reaction to this song if Bowie were still alive. I’m sure that opening line “Look up here, I’m in heaven” wouldn’t have the same impact.

I hope any of you who haven’t listened to him yet will take this time to check out some of his work. Over a 50 year career I’m guessing there’s something for everyone.

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    • I suppose in that way this album is his goodbye note to the world. That’s pretty cool. Not many artists get the opportunity to say goodbye like that.

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  1. Yup. I’m waiting on the album to come back in stock. What I’ve heard is utterly incredible (title track and Lazurus), but I imagine it’ll be difficult to listen to the album and not feel the pull of the added weight.

    As for Heathen, when I first thought I’d listen to Bowie I bought that one. Wasn’t long released and I mind folks saying it was a goody, but I just didn’t get it. I did think Reality was a bit better, but I still didn’t dig that too much. Only really started exploring his earlier stuff fairly recently and have enjoyed much of it …

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