Review: Blackstar - David Bowie
Release: January 8, 2016
By Mae Anthony
David Bowie’s 25th and final album, Blackstar was released on January 8, 2016: Bowie’s 69th Birthday and two days before his unexpected death. It contains 7 tracks, and is available on CD, Vinyl and Digital Download.
The lengthy first track “Blackstar” is not easy-listening and one that would require one to be in a quiet state of mind in order to appreciate it. The second song on the album “’Tis a Pity She Was a Whore”, is very similar sounding and these two opening tracks are rather difficult to understand. There are moments throughout this album that are classic Bowie-isms in terms of the fusion of multiple styles, and in his diction, which is still very emotive and poetic: in his truest form, he was a storyteller. “Lazarus” is a beautiful track, which reaches its climax in a gorgeous, expressive sax solo towards the end of the song.
You can hear the electronic and experimental rock genres in the song “Sue (In a Season of Crime)”. “Girl Love Me” with a funky groove and a displacement in the verbal line. The line “Where the fuck did Monday go?” is repeated throughout, and makes you wonder what the artist was going through whilst feeling his life slowly slip away. “Dollar Days” is a mellow and enjoyable to listen to, and blends very nicely into the final track “I Can’t Give Everything Away”.
There were things in this album that I absolutely loved, and others that I couldn’t quite grasp. There is a dark cloud hovering over the album and listening to it post Bowie’s death is a very powerful thing when listening to the lyrics and the music itself.