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Low

David Bowie

1977

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Low

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Bowie! It's hard to dislike anything Bowie has done, honestly. He was so alien and ahead of his time that there's always something new and strange to learn when listening to his albums. This was one that I hadn't spent any time with in the past so I hit the wikipedia article for context which was helpful. It's electronic and pop and undeliably Bowie. Is it dated? Yes. But it also feels like it's a decade younger than it actually is. While the rest of the world was making disco pop, Bowie was making electro bangers and synthetic, cinematic dreamscapes.

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I've again deferred to my cat named Bowie on this review. When I told him that Low was today's album, he legged it from room to room around our apartment, bouncing off every wall and surface like he was off his tits on catnip. When he finally came down off his Low induced high, he told me "this is Big Dave's finest hour". So there's your review.

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5

Anything Eno touches is electronic gold, and this collaboration with Bowie is one of his best works I've seen. I admit it hardly even feels like a Bowie album. It's a series of avant-garde pop rock tracks that knows how to control the unusual noises it's dealing it. The first side is absolutely perfect and if the whole album were like it I would have no doubt awarded the full score. But I'm mixed about the 2nd side. I've tried looking at what people had to say about it. Some say people only now started to appreciate it while others say it feels dated now... Ok? To me, it's a series of carefully crafted melancholic ambient pieces that are long enough for appreciation with enough variation to prevent us from growing tired of them. They apparently reflect geographic locations like Warsaw and West Berlin. They're excellent pieces that bring a calming feeling to the album, but how should I rate this album? Does it detract from the perfect score I should give? Well it's different and amazing as well but doesn't fit with the other side yet doesn't distract from it either. Maybe I'm hesitant because I already awarded 2 5-stars in the past couple days, and an avant album seems like the perfect excuse for me to break that. But I admit this is a perfect album that I commend Bowie and Eno on. In the end, they deserve the perfect score of this random listener.

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5

I am a massive, massive Bowie fan, and I think even amongst his pretty great catalogue that the Berlin trilogy is quite near the top. Bowie and Eno. What a dream team. Every one of these songs slaps, but Sound and Vision and Be My Wife are the big standouts. Perfection. We didn't deserve Bowie.

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5

5.0 + I've listened to this album many times over the years. My first listen left me utterly confused. However, being a huge fan of Bowie's more pop-oriented music, I hung in and with subsequent listens that confusion turned to distaste, to understanding, and finally to absolute reverence. My journey to love this album in turn has made me appreciate experimental music and the artists that successfully struggle to present truly original sounds to my ears. I'm grateful for this album, for the supernova forces behind Bowie and Eno that briefly collided, as well as for my being able to finally appreciate the fruits of that collision.

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5

It's hard to imagine what modern music would sound like without this album. Bowie and Brian Eno create an album with a satisfying rock front half, and a ethereal, dreamlike, and somewhat menacing back half. The experimental and ambient elements here are crucial to the development of post-punk. I remember when I first heard Blackstar, I thought that it was coming out of nowhere because I had not explored this period of Bowie. This album has given much such a deeper appreciation of this artist and of the history of music in general.

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4

My favorite of the "Berlin Trilogy" albums. -- At least I think. I need to relisten to Lodger The instrumental tracks are sublime. Especially Warszawa.

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4

When initially listening to Low, you get the sense of it being very David Bowieesque. It seems to have influence from free form jazz in the way that the instrumentation is arranged. The production definitely is the center of each song, as the lyrics are sometimes drowned out by the repetition of the production. There are long pauses in the spoken word, so this album almost becomes an instrumental album. At just 39 minutes in runtime it is an easy listen, an album you throw on a turntable as background music.

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favorite Bowie

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5

One of the best David Bowie albums of all time. And that means it is perfect.

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5

6/6 First half is avant-garde, second is alien civilization. Standout Tracks: Speed of Life, Sound and Vision, Warszawa, Art Decade, Weeping Wall, Subterraneans

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5

Not my favourite Bowie but still amazing.

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5

Favorite - Sound and Vision

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5

Had a great time listening to remastered versions of Bowie’s classics plus some new ones that I’d not heard before. It has a psychedelic electro soul which puts me in mind of “war of the worlds musical”. Blooming brilliant

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Loved it. Very spacey and more instrumentals than I thought

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5

Netflix n chill vibe

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5

Innovative and avantgarde in the best possible way: a genius doing it.

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5

This is great. It’s like if Bon Iver wrote 22, a million in 1977.

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Even by David Bowie's standards this is Low.

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5

Probably my favorite Bowie album. The last half of this album makes feel like I’m in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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5

Love David Bowie and the sounds this album creates.

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5

An amazing album. I just love the way he moves from his expected (great) pop songs into instrument soundscapes.

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5

Like two different superb albums. Krautrock meeting kraut electronica. The Berlin masterpiece!

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5

Capolavoro. Due lati completamente diversi, il primo di canzoni più tradizionali (senza una vera hit), la seconda più atmosferica. Il secondo miglior Bowie.

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5

Holy Eno, Batman. Tommy likey

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5

Stone cold classic.

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5

What can one even say that hasn't been said? An eternal classic

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5

Bowie plus Eno. Really hear it on Breaking Glass. I am really feeling this sonic landscape. Warszawa and the second side where this album really stretches out its legs. Need to re-spin it.

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5

eerie?

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5

Very much enjoyed this

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5

Not what I expected but I love it

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Love the instrumental stuff

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5

Stunning. One of his best.

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Another Bowie album and it's (obviously) great. It's very much an album of two sides. Side one is the poppy stuff that everyone knows like "Sound and Vision"; side two is longer, more pensive and mostly instrumental pieces.

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5

Bowie at his most peculiar

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5

Super super good.

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I love

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5

This is tomorrow calling, wishing you were here. Fabulous, defiant, uplifting, the sound of a man reinventing himself. The side of instrumentals is brave and rich.

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I love it

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I haven't listened to the rest of the Berlin trilogy yet, but I really like it's first album, Low. The influence from the Krautrock artists was a perfect fit for Bowie's evolving style as he transitioned away from the fascist cocaine monster called the Thin White Duke. The mythology around Bowie and his personas could only really be meaningful if he backed it up with his music, which he does in spades here. Working with Brian Eno and hanging out with Iggy Pop brought a feel to this album that's hard to describe. Just like Kid A, it seems to come out of no where and go back there after we are allowed to enjoy it. The first half of this album is super cool, the second half is why its one of my favorite Bowie albums 5/5

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Psycho

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4

My first full album by Bowie was not a disappointment. More artsy than expected. Pretty good.

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Enjoyed this a lot more than I remember.

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Lovely, as always.

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4

A couple cool songs. I get this might have been really influential at the time, but idk. Can’t see myself listening to it a ton over the next few years. Some of the ambient stuff is kinda cool, but not like a great tangerine dream album or anything like that.

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Vibey, no words really so we just chillin. Good to listen to while emailing but also could see potential of laying on ur bed high/sober and just contemplating an shit

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Cool album. Very blade runner esque (pre BR) lot of ambient sounds. Mostly instrumental but I dug it.

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I really liked this. Atmospheric and cool. I would not have listened to this before. Glad I did.

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So surprisingly upbeat and felt like a complete album. Hardly a stinker on it. Groovin and then reflect on the groovin'. Don't think I had the patience for the end though.

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4

No two songs sound alike. lots of variation throughout this album.

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I hadn't heard this album before

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This is really interesting, especially side 2. Giving it 4 stars.

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I've not listened to the Berlin trilogy before. I liked this record. Very Blade Runner-y.

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bueno

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4

Interesante. Mucho mejor de lo que esperaba

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Bastantes canciones instrumentales.

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4

A very layered and diverse album with sounds that are very moving and instrumental

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Haven't heard this Bowie before. Very different.

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Minimal lyrics, bit Pink Floyd sounding. A new career in a new town added it my liked songs The harmonica part sounds like a tune from Black Star album

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Chyba sie zmowili, w poprzednim piku hejtuje pana brajana eno i od razu dostalem dokladke, tym razem z legendarnego lowa bowiego, ktory otwiera berlinska trylogie, ktora tak w ogole zostala nagrana w wiekszosci we francji, o tej plycie mozna smialo powiedziec, ze ma dwie strony, pierwsze 19 minut klasyczny rokowy bowie, mocno walacy po drumsach w tym wydaniu i z epickimi gitarkami, ktore o dziwo atakuja jedynie lewy kanal, jak na traku breaking glass gdzie slychac to najlepiej, bo takie solowki odjaniepwala pan carlos, ze glowa mala, jako ze eno sie czai w produkcji to synthy mocno weszly jak na what in the world, ale na szczescie wokale bowiego ratuja sytuacje i nie daja sie zawannowac, tak mniej wiecej gra pierwsze 19 minut, potem nastaje druga strona i warszawa, jak czlowiek slyszy cos takiego, to sie zastanawia co tam musial bowie zobaczyc w tych latach 70, ze takie post apo zrobil, najbardziej kojarzy mi sie to z bookiem peanatema, pewnie z powodu tych wokali ktore przypominaja zawodzenie mniszkowe, a matematykowe mnichy z tej ksiazki swietnie pasuja do konceptu, przekazywania info za pomoca notacji muzycznej, kolejne traki rowniez praktycznie w calosci instrumentale lecz juz nie o tak przerazliwym klimacie rowniez trzymaja poziom czegos niespotykanego w muzyce popowej, bo przeciez to jest jednak bowie, nie mam plejki na takie instrumentalne, wiec dam do jednego wora braking glass i warszawke, chociaz to jedna z tych plyt ktore warto przesluchac od openingu do endingu, bo traki maja swietne przejscia i stanowia plynna calosc tworzac unikatowy klimat, ktorego u bowiego nie mozna bylo wczesciej dostac na zadnym albumie

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4

A triumph of sound and vision

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4

Always love Sound and Vision. The other songs on the album take a little more work to get into, but I do like it. Also it's like half-instrumental.

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Had only heard Sound and Vision before, which is a favorite. The whole album has a really nice range from the pop-flavored to the somewhat experimental, with a lot of influence from German synth bands of the 70s. A fun evening listen.

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well, there it is, the good bowie album. only ever listened to him as a greatest hits kind of artist. i bet germay was shit in the 80s and that is what this album nicely conveys.

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Wenn ich mir überlege, dass es seinerzeit etwas ganz Neues war, gefällt es mir sehr. Ich würde es gerne mit den Ohren der 70er hören und noch mehr die neuen Töne entdecken. Ich mag das dünstere und die Geräusche und das man irgendwie darin verschwinden kann.

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Für David Bowie Verhältnisse kam mir das Album über weite Strecken regelrecht garagig und roh vor.

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🎸🎙🤵

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4

Not too catchy but really good as background music, more instrumental than other Bowie albums I've heard

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4

Good opening track. Wish that Sound and Visions didn't have that hissing noise. The later Eno experimental tracks are interesting, weird but drag on with repeat listens.

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Didn't specify 3.5s and 4.5s before now. Previous 3.5s - Sheer Heart Attack, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, The Cars, Dire Straits Previous 4.5s - Everybody Knows This is Nowhere

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There might be a reason this isn’t one of the Bowie “canon” albums, but I like it. It’s very different, with electronic instrumental tracks. I think listening to it offers a new perspective on Bowie and a different sort of experience. I approve. Favourite track: “Subterraneans”

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Slow jam Instrumental

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Bowie will always be great. I think this was my first time listening to this one though. It's quite haunting.

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Decent enough. Quite moody for bowie

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4

A great Bowie era

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This is a record that I've heard many times. I think I might own it. But it's never top on the list of Bowie records that I reach for. The sounds are interesting, but in some ways they all feel like short ideas for things that could have become more fully-fledged songs. Because there isn't a lot of change happening in the songs, I'm thankful they are short. I prefer the record before this "Station to Station" and the record after "Heroes." Since this is the first of the Berlin trilogy, I think it gets lumped in with better records. But I guess in the context of the time its pretty remarkable. Highlights: The lead guitar and quirky synths in "Breaking Glass;" The lightheartedness of "Sound and Vision;" The obvious influence of the intro of "A New Career in a New Town" on Radiohead's Kid A (which has to be on this list somewhere, right?); I love how cinematic "Warszawa" is.

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4

not bowie’s best album but really strong and likeable

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Bowie and Eno, why am I not surprised. Good album, has its legacy in ambience and electronic, but not as big an album as Station to Station.

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Hadn't realised the second half was all instrumental. I dig it. I think I'd enjoy whatever imaginary film it's a soundtrack to. Also, Sound and Vision is one of my favourites and worth big points on its own. FOUR STARS.

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I like this album because it has some classic tunes, but mostly because it loses its shit from track 7 onwards, its as if Bowie finished the album and then left the tape recording and another band came in and recording 5 more tracks onto the end....madness

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Когда не можешь сходить на Дюну - самое то

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Initially, I rolled my eyes at having to listen to a Bowie album, and one I'd never heard of at that. Surprisingly, I found myself quite enjoying it, thought it was a 3. Went back for another listen and I think it deserves more than that. Four stars - Bowie, but not as you know it, and all the better for it.

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4

Enjoyed side 1; didn't enjoy the noodling on side 2.

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The start of this was a proper bop. Way more chill towards the end, but it still made good background music. I probably won't come back to the last few tracks though.

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4

Berlin-album, står skarpt, kan næsten ikke blive bedre

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Top

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Absolutely a classic album - who wouldn't want to listen to full Bowie album (answer - me - i'm not sure i've actually listened to anything that wasn't a greatest hits). Minimal 'hits' - i.e. Sound and Vision. It was challenging and fascinating. Look forward to the next Bowie album (must be a few more in the list!)

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Spacey and groovy A good place to start for lesser known Bowie stuff

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-I like the melody rhythm in "Breaking Glass" -"A New Career in a New Town" and "Warszawa" have a pretty spooky ethereal vibe to them -Generally pretty good, just never god really epicly

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Currently at track 5 - very futuristic for the fact it was made in 1977. Bowie's vocals are good but wouldn't be a repeat listen for me as is. I read some things about this being the first of the Berlin Trilogy: I'm very excited to hear the other 2 albums because the ambiance of Subterraneans is fantastic. The general "soul" of the track, the feeling it carries with it is very good in execution. I'd rate this album a 7/10 on first listen, but I can imagine some of these tracks really growing on me soon. Looking forward to listening to the first 3 tracks of the album as I didn't like those at first.

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4

Classic Bowie side one, experimental Bowie side two.

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I did not know this album from him, but again, Bowie did not disappoint! I did not like the last song though...

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4

Nothing wrong with a bit of psychadelic bowie... at least he's not bad!

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not bad for david bowie. 4/5

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Love Bowie, great songs, some not great

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8/10

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Really good album and the one before Heroes. So it's interesting to see how he developed a sounds on this album already.

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4

Some classic tracks, but moody instrumental tracks interesting but not great

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4

a Bowie album that hits my spot a bit, but I can't help but think 5 Bowie albums in this list is a bit much... pick a lane!

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4

Buenas melodías. Gran voz

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4

Loved ambient section

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hodne instrumentalek

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Haunting

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4

Good album, I only knew Sound and Vision (which I like). Warszawa has some serious Twin Peaks vibes. As many have said: not my favourite Bowie, but still enjoyable.

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4

Loved the first half of the album,not sure about the latter tho

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More chill than I was expecting. I love the eccentricity.

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David good

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Actually didn't grab me. Bit disappointing

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this is the second time this has given me a Bowie album, and the second time I've been impressed. But before listening to these albums, every song I'd heard from him (I guess all radio hits ofc) was kinda shit. would have given 4/5 but the last few songs were kinda pointless spacey not-quite-synthwave ambient duds.

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Nyt oli jo vähän parempaa Bowiee, pari kertaa pysty putkeen kuuntelee tuskastumatta ja tahtiakin tuli naputeltua menemään paikoin.

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More disjointed than I typically enjoy Bowie albums but he still fits the album sound to his personal style well

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3

To-delt, punk rock/ambient, Brian Eno, innovative trommer

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3

Ok David Bowie album, not my favorite but good.

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första 6 bra resten meh

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7/10

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Wasn’t my favourite Bowie, but not the worst.

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Not really Bowie hits I had heard before, but it had the original sound and vision which I enjoyed since I had only heard the cover. I can definitely hear how this album may have influenced future artists. It definitely has some elements that feel more modern than I might expect from an album from 1977.

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As with most Bowie, I liked it... OK. I actually love his voice, but his music is pretty often on the "too weird to listen to regularly" side. However, I like this better than the Waits album. Still, can't give it 4 stars.

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Ironically had recently added this to my private list of albums to “check out later”— an ongoing never-finished project- so I was glad to give this one a listen. The beginning of the “Berlin trilogy”, so I added all three incl. Heroes and Lodger. Bowie was newly sober for this record, which makes me think of my own ongoing relationship with substances. It’s forward-sounding, extremely unique stuff clearly influenced by loads of other music. I like this one a lot, 4 stars on its own but 5 in the grander context of these three records

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I don't know much Bowie but I feel like this isn't his best work

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Very "artsy". OK album but will probably not put on when I feel like listening to some David Bowie.

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Fav Song: Sound and Vision

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Good album, with the single Sound and Vision. The lasts tracks are more « ambient » music

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A good, not great Bowie album. I don't understand why people think all Bowie albums have to be great just because Ziggy Stardust is so amazing.

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3

Switches between psychedelic and manic.

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3

Not for me at all. Just got bored through most of it

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I know Bowie was a legend or whatever, but I thought this album was kind of meh

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uneven but you just know that was the aim

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Pretty good interesting wasn’t Much singing

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Not my favorite stuff from Bowie, but Sound and Vision and Warszawa are pretty nice

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No conocía este disco de Bowie y veo que ninguna de sus canciones está entre las más famosas de él. Me ha sorprendido lo moderno que suena siendo del año 1977. La electrónica que incluye me gusta y está Brian Eno, capaz de lo mejor y de lo otro también. Tiene un aire Talking Heads interesante. Canciones como What in the world o Sound and vision están bien. La cara B del vinilo tiene temas sorprendentes como Warszawa, Art decade o Subterraneans experimentales y más parecidos a New Age o banda sonora que a algo que relacionemos con Bowie.

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Not my favorite Bowie album but I do appreciate its inventiveness and I think if it I wasnt already in love with Bowie's other work I would probably like it more. I knew sound and vision but not any other song. I thought this might be one of the albums he worked with Brian Eno on and I'm right! It's the first one. I believe they used some of Enos Oblique Strategies to develop the songs.

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#First Random Album from m0n0d3lc0ng0 DR. Music of the 70s nice experience.

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I enjoyed it, but it didn't particularly move me. Frustrated by Spotify turning everything into a radio station. I just want it to stop when the album is over. Almost thought Rebel Rebel was on this album.

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5

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Disco instrumental con sonido muy de la época

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Creative. Ambient, sountrack

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Not my fave Bowie, but it gets an extra star for sound and vision

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Pretty good

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Surreal. Felt Eno inspired. This is s Bowie album I've never heard.

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Great album but some of the tracks just drag for a bit too long. The album has great peaks, Warszawa is an incredible, chilling track. 3.5/5.

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Zo engels dat ik het niet serieus kan nemen XD

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Excellent themes, but a little slow

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Interesting? Yes. I don't know how important this is as a stand alone album, other than that it's hard to say how his later works would have turned out without this period. It's definitely a different listen...

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It was okay, but I didn't really love it.

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Nicht mein Lieblingsalbum von Bowie, mir gefallen seine Glamrock-Songs besser. Aber allein die Vorstellung, wie er durch das Berlin der 70er spaziert und neue Sounds ausprobiert, ist toll.

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Bisher kannte ich Bowie nicht so instrumentell. Man verfällt schnell in Trance bei dem Album. Kann man sich anhören.

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A more mainstream and poppy sound than what I was expecting. The last couple of numbers are more experimental but I enjoyed it all.

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Is it artsy? Yeah! Is it good? Debatable. I love me some ambient music, but after listening to this I don't really care to hear it on the regular. I think it's a neat album and can see why Bowie fans praise it since it expands his already wide range. It just isn't catchy and isn't memorable. It's cool as hell, but I wouldn't want to purchase it or anything. Sorry you had a bad time, Bowie.

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Sound and Vision

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Cool ambient jams

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Background Bowie, but good

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First half is meh 70s rock. 2nd half is epic/atmospheric synth music. I love the 2nd half

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Nothing crazy on this album, lots of instrumental, good listening.

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Not a big fan of Bowie, could not find non remastered versions.

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I have listened to some Bowie before but I hadn't listened to this particular album. It's a good album but to be honest nothing really special about it at the first listen atleast. For now I would rank it a weak 3.

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Short and sweet

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Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Be my wife

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not my favorite

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Of course I know David Bowie, but I think every track on this album was new to me. It was different than what I've heard from Bowie before. "Weeping Wall" almost sounds like Prog Rock. I have no idea what "Warszawa" was supposed to be (weird). "Sound and Vision" came up as the favorite from this album, but overall this album gets an official "okay".

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Just the right amount of weird for me. I appreciated all the instrumentation, both real (bass lines were rocking through most of the album) and synthentic. Most of the songs were between 2-3 minutes, which I think was perfect - it was just long enough for me to think "hey, this is pretty cool" and then it would end before I got bored. Last few tracks lost me though. In general, I wish I would have heard more of Bowie's voice - most of the time I felt like I was listening to a movie score.

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Very interesting - seemingly mostly instrumental (didn't keep track of how much), there's a mix of ambient sounds with straightforward beats. It still sounds like Bowie even without the voice.

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While this Album still has great innovation and Bowie's mastermind, the end result from a music standpoint is just not my cup of tea

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Great album with awesome instrumentals, it’s clear this album has tons of artistic merit. As good as it is, I don’t see myself coming back to listen to it for fun very often, but still a good listen.

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3/5

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Very instrumental, first song gorillaz second song of Montreal

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Listened 27/9/21

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I love the first half of the album with all of it's spiky post punk attitude but the soundscape instrumentals though should be applauded by someone of Bowie's level to try new avant garde ideas, they are just lacking something. Maybe I need to do loads of blow and listen to them again... Best Tracks: Breaking Glass; Sound and Vision; Always Crashing In The Same Car

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Worth listening to as a whole album. Most tracks are familiar, but together they really feel on that Low feeling. If you are listening to this regularly, you probably need to take up a team sport or something to get you out of the house.

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Is this what a concept album is? Kinda weird but not unenjoyable to listen to..

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Good listen, musically. The album seems incomplete between the short and fading out tracks, general lack of lyrics, and different concepts on each side.

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My first time listening to this album and my first impression is squarely on the "meh" side of things. There's something about it, though, that makes me think it becomes better the more you listen to it, so I'm going to give this a slightly higher score than my gut says I should.

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Good background, probably wouldn’t seek it out on it’s own. Decent within-album variety.

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My stance on this one is the same as for Heroes: I really like the typical David Bowie, but the synth-ambient Bowie just doesn't do it for me. First half 4 stars, second half 2.5 stars.

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good theme throughout a little experimental but no outstanding moments in my mind

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Nice abstract album

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3/5 Slow tempo

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The songs are great, but the synthy stuff at the end is all Radiophonic Workshop outtakes - tuneless noodling.

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Love Bowie just not this album

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Alko lupaavasti, mutta lopun trippailu lässäytti levyn

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för knepigt för mig.

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I love David Bowie but there are better albums by him!

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Not really my preference.

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2.5

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Aburridon

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Not a big fan. Just weird stuff.

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false

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Yeah nah. I prefer my Bowie with vocals, thanks.

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Not just sound and vision....but you'd wish it was

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Ok, but that’s all.

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I can appreciate the talent, not into the apparent experimentation that was this album

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Low is the 11th studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on 14 January 1977 by RCA Records. After years of drug addiction and personal instability living in Los Angeles, Bowie escaped to France in 1976 with his friend and singer Iggy Pop to become sober. After meeting musician Brian Eno the same year, Bowie began recording the first of three collaborations with Eno and producer Tony Visconti later named the "Berlin Trilogy". The music on Low is grounded in art rock and experimental rock, and features Bowie's first explorations in electronic and ambient styles. It is influenced by the German music scene, particularly bands such as Tangerine Dream, Neu!, Harmonia and Kraftwerk. Side one consists primarily of short, direct avant-pop song-fragments while side two consists of longer, mostly instrumental tracks. Retrospectively, Low has received critical acclaim and is regarded as one of Bowie's best works. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic writes that with the album, Bowie "confirmed his place at rock's cutting edge". Considering it "dense [and] challenging", Erlewine concludes "the record is defiantly experimental and dense with detail, providing a new direction for the avant-garde in rock & roll."

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I love Bowie but for me this was too dramatic and artsy with too many random sounds and instruments. It's risky, I just didn't like it that much.

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Yep.... Still not a Bowie guy, maybe after this list makes me listen to the entire discography it will click with me. tesla out of 5

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An unavoidable widow of his legacy, I assume this was a dark time for him. Not my favourite

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There are a lot of Bowie albums that are better.

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For me, Bowie is a greatest hits artist, lot of dross amongst the diamonds. 2.75

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Zu schwer für mich. Brauche mehr Rhythmus und oder Beat :)

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Mercifully short. Sound and vision is a decent track. Apart from that it was too experimental for me. 2 albums in and I still don't get Bowie.

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Like the previous Bowie albums I've already tried, this starts off quite promising from a musical viewpoint but then quickly becomes somewhat tiresome and flat. Best track: Speed of Life

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It’s hard to make an instrumental album interesting all the way through.

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Below average album. Several songs are just instrumentals. Sound and vision is a good song that stands out but the rest just drones along without much value. 5.1/10

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While some of the individual tracks impress with their strong instrumentation and influences, the album as a whole reads more as a grouping of demos than a cohesive product.

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A bit rubbish

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4/10 end of the album was cool and trippy

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Ну пойдёт, на фоне послушать. Один трек даже слышал раньше

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this is pretty boring so far. three songs in and I'm turning it off.

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Not an album I've listened to before and I'm not likely to listen to it again. Left me feeling cold. Other than Sound and Vision (which is great and earns the album a second star) I found the entire experience a bit boring and a slog to get through

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Still don't "get" Bowie. Sorry.

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-I enjoy David Bowie but I haven't listened to most of his stuff -Songs are upbeat, mysterious, adventurous -Wish he sang more especially towards the end -Ending half of the album sounded more like a movie soundtrack because it was mainly instrumental -Last half of the album kind of made it seem incohesive to the first half of the album -Favourite songs are What In The World,

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I like Bowie. Hadn't listened before. Odd album. Opening instrumental, very short 2nd track, I like "Sound and Vision", although fade out endings generally bug me. The last few (mostly) instrumental tracks felt otherworldly. Most likely an album I'd need to listen to many times to get the appreciation that bigger Bowie fans have.

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2/5 :( why god, why? :(

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The only song that I really liked from this album was Always Crashing in the Same Car, which I guess is enough to give it 2 stars.

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Nothing grabbed me. Moody.

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I thought this album was alright in the beginning but then started getting really instrumental. Not spectacular and why I feel David Bowie is very hit or miss. 4/10.

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Bowie shitie

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Man you wrote some amazing songs, also a ton of crap too.

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wasn't my thing, didn't recognize any songs

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Nope, inte min grej, mest mysko.

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I hate David Bowie

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Boring.

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The feeling of exited trepidation I feel before refreshing the page each day to reveal my next musical journey was very much dampened on this occasion when I discovered a David Bowie lp. Not being a huge fan I was still interested to hear what is supposedly one of his best pieces of work. If this is considered one of his best albums then it kinda confirms my long held opinion of Bowie’s music...blandish and boring’ish. David Bowie was universally acknowledged for sounding different, looking different and pushing boundaries in general yet I still find his songs fatiguing and uninspiring. Quit frankly the last three tracks on this album all sounded like instrumental lullabies aiming to set you off to sleep...which was a hazard in itself as I was driving at the time. It’s no coincidence that the only Bowie material I own is a Greatest Hits on vinyl. After listening to this album, that’s not going to change any time soon. 1 Star!

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Nah.

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🙁 Nothing I will remember 🙁

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Meh.

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Vo ouvi

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Some electro touches. Great atmosphere Proto Post Rock

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2nd is ok Sound of vision's vibe is grade A

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