Anticipate David Bowie's BLACKSTAR

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Well, to be fair, legacy artists keep MOJO going. The album must be 4/5 stars.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 20 November 2015 18:30 (three years ago) Permalink

i tried gifing this video and it has some special codec or something that blocks that from being possible =(

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 20 November 2015 18:32 (three years ago) Permalink

gotta go with screen capture

Karl Malone, Friday, 20 November 2015 18:34 (three years ago) Permalink

There is absolutely no chance anything about this resembles "Station to Station" beyond the artist's name.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 November 2015 19:03 (three years ago) Permalink

Loving this song. Did not believe he had anything like this still in him. He tried so hard in the 90s and could not come close. He had 10 years to write an album and put out one with Boss of Me on it. Now out of nowhere comes this. I've been in a good mood all day after seeing this. It's brilliant.

Eyeball Kicks, Friday, 20 November 2015 19:13 (three years ago) Permalink

feeling pretty ho hum about this, interesting enough, nice to see the old boy still doing it, and not embarrassing himself.

otoh: horrible drum sounds, really grating refrain of "im a blackstar" - and that's the only things I remember from the track having listened to it 4 hours ago.

Karl Rove Knausgård (jim in glasgow), Friday, 20 November 2015 19:17 (three years ago) Permalink

Does he ever say "I'm not a pop star?"

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 20 November 2015 19:22 (three years ago) Permalink

really grating refrain of "im a blackstar"

That's the best bit!

Eyeball Kicks, Friday, 20 November 2015 19:22 (three years ago) Permalink

Excellent track. Got a lot of anticipation now happening for the full album.

doug watson, Friday, 20 November 2015 23:03 (three years ago) Permalink

xps damn the first thing i thought was how good the drums sounded.

flappy bird, Friday, 20 November 2015 23:12 (three years ago) Permalink

I have no idea what that is. (Please tell me it's not fucking Doctor Who.)

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Saturday, 21 November 2015 01:45 (three years ago) Permalink

kinda like this, the beginning is like radiohead, i don't feel the middle part too much, i like the end reprise without the basic as hell breakbeat. video feels very inspired by punchdrunk immersive theatre - dunno if that's a ref point here but for the last 2/3/4 years they've had huge shows in london and nyc i am seeing ghosts of their design/costume/lighting everywhere.

doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Saturday, 21 November 2015 02:07 (three years ago) Permalink

I got Dr Who vibes from this. Bowie needs to be a guest Doctor.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 21 November 2015 02:48 (three years ago) Permalink


’Tis A Pity She Was A Whore
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)
Girl Loves Me
Dollar Days
I Can’t Give Everything Away

apparently 'Tis A Pity and Sue are re-recordings, and James Murphy did percussion on two tracks

ufo, Saturday, 21 November 2015 03:34 (three years ago) Permalink

xpost Nightbreed?

Josh in Chicago, Saturday, 21 November 2015 04:16 (three years ago) Permalink

it's David Cronenberg's bad guy from Clive Barker's Nightbreed. I also got a bit of that character from Pan's Labyrinth.

dan selzer, Saturday, 21 November 2015 15:17 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah it's Nightbreed. The button eyes, the girl with the tail, the pastoral stuff (spacebarn), city in the distance with the huge candle all kind of reminded me of it

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Saturday, 21 November 2015 19:29 (three years ago) Permalink

Can't believe he still had a song like this in him. I liked the basic backbeat in the last part - seemed to fit the direction well and there's enough going on that I didn't want the drums to do much.

Vinnie, Sunday, 22 November 2015 03:40 (three years ago) Permalink

wow blackstar, really did not expect something this good

on entre O.K. on sort K.O. (man alive), Sunday, 22 November 2015 04:17 (three years ago) Permalink

If the rest holds up, it will easily be the best thing he's done since the early 80s. Very nice. Definitely picks up on a 'Nite Flights' vibe, which is never a bad thing.

Soundslike, Sunday, 22 November 2015 04:25 (three years ago) Permalink

See, it was initially disappointing to hear that 'Tis A Pity and Sue were on this album, since we'd already heard them and the album has only seven tracks, but I am so excited to hear they're re-recorded versions. The Sue already heard was very good, and 'Tis A Pity sounded like a demo of a great great track. These plus the fantastic Blackstar track are so promising I can't believe it. If he keeps up the same standard for the remaining four tracks it'll be up there with the 70s stuff. Doesn't seem possible, but can't wait to hear it.

Eyeball Kicks, Sunday, 22 November 2015 22:47 (three years ago) Permalink

The album begins with the 10-minute title track, a surreal, haunting song that began as two completely separate tunes before Bowie and Visconti sewed them together. The original version was actually more than 11 minutes long, but they cut it to 9:57 after learning iTunes won't post singles that cross the 10-minute mark. "It's total bullshit," says Visconti with a laugh. "But David was adamant it be the single, and he didn't want both an album version and a single version, since that gets confusing."

Ned Raggett, Monday, 23 November 2015 20:24 (three years ago) Permalink

iTunes won't post singles that cross the 10-minute mark

well that's fucking stupid

welltris (crüt), Monday, 23 November 2015 20:27 (three years ago) Permalink

From physical format limitations to corporate policy limitations, how wonderful.

doug watson, Monday, 23 November 2015 21:50 (three years ago) Permalink

i dont like his current singing style. way too consciously grand/delicately wounded etc for my liking. but i quite like the song overall.

StillAdvance, Monday, 7 December 2015 15:32 (three years ago) Permalink

2nd half makes me think of rocky horror.

StillAdvance, Monday, 7 December 2015 15:35 (three years ago) Permalink

song's a real grower imo, better w/o distracting vid

niels, Monday, 7 December 2015 19:32 (three years ago) Permalink

i dont like his current singing style. way too consciously grand/delicately wounded etc for my liking.

To me, that describes Scott Walker. This, I like.

Hideous Lump, Tuesday, 8 December 2015 05:06 (three years ago) Permalink

niels, Thursday, 17 December 2015 18:48 (three years ago) Permalink


akm, Thursday, 17 December 2015 21:51 (three years ago) Permalink

The more Bowie tried and failed to emulate Scott Walker the more I liked him, for Scott Walker is a menace.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 17 December 2015 22:00 (three years ago) Permalink

Complaints complaints

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 17 December 2015 22:40 (three years ago) Permalink

You know, unlike Blackstar, this isn't really a brilliant song. In terms of chords+melody+lyrics, it's on the same level as a lot of things he's done since, say, Tin Machine. But I like the new musicians he's got, and I could listen to him sing over this kind of stuff all day. Often, the thing that made his best stuff so great was less him and more the musicians, and it had gotten pretty stale with his old bunch. Blackstar plus this plus the rerecorded Sue and Tis Pity She's a Whore (a fantastic song even as a demo) seems very promising. Three more like that and you've got a nice album.

Eyeball Kicks, Friday, 18 December 2015 01:01 (three years ago) Permalink

The more Bowie tried and failed to emulate Scott Walker the more I liked him, for Scott Walker is a menace.

― The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, December 17, 2015 10:00 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

That's a different Scott Walker

Mark G, Friday, 18 December 2015 09:31 (three years ago) Permalink

In some shop or other they were playing Stevie Wonder's Someday at Christmas and bloody hell there's the melody in the middle part of Blackstar.

Eyeball Kicks, Sunday, 20 December 2015 05:40 (three years ago) Permalink

"You got me bang to rights"

quixotic yet visceral (Bob Six), Sunday, 20 December 2015 21:48 (three years ago) Permalink

It's out there. I can only say it is effing grrrrreat.

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 3 January 2016 01:48 (three years ago) Permalink

lots of photos of him this promo cycle.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 3 January 2016 01:59 (three years ago) Permalink

Listened to it this morning. My joke upthread about "jazz dudes playing rock = it'll sound like Steely Dan" was half-right; it sounds like Steely Dan trying to imitate postpunk/Bowie's Berlin albums. His voice sounds really good, too.

the top man in the language department (誤訳侮辱), Sunday, 3 January 2016 02:20 (three years ago) Permalink

After reading the Mojo article I checked out some of the player's records to see what this dark and gritty nu-jazz was like, and it sounds like Critters Buggin

MaresNest, Sunday, 3 January 2016 13:37 (three years ago) Permalink

This is really great, great sax

Amira, Queen of Creativity (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 7 January 2016 02:34 (three years ago) Permalink

First minutes of Blackstar reminded me of Massive Attack of all people.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 7 January 2016 02:43 (three years ago) Permalink

is there a non mono leak of this yet?

akm, Thursday, 7 January 2016 04:28 (three years ago) Permalink

Good review!

niels, Thursday, 7 January 2016 08:11 (three years ago) Permalink

Great review, makes me excited to finally give it a listen.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 7 January 2016 17:39 (three years ago) Permalink

a non-mono link has come into existence

PaulTMA, Thursday, 7 January 2016 21:22 (three years ago) Permalink


The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 7 January 2016 21:26 (three years ago) Permalink

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