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Hunky Dory

David Bowie

1971

Hunky Dory

Album Summary

Hunky Dory is the fourth studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on 17 December 1971 through RCA Records. Following the release of his 1970 album, The Man Who Sold the World, Bowie took time off from recording and touring. He settled down to write new songs, composing on piano rather than guitar as on earlier tracks. Following a tour of the United States, Bowie assembled a new backing band consisting of guitarist Mick Ronson, bassist Trevor Bolder and drummer Mick Woodmansey, and began to record a new album in mid-1971 at Trident Studios in London. Future Yes member Rick Wakeman contributed on piano. Bowie co-produced the album with Ken Scott, who had engineered Bowie's previous two records. Compared to the guitar-driven hard rock sound of The Man Who Sold the World, Bowie opted for a warmer, more melodic piano-based pop rock and art pop style on Hunky Dory. His lyrical concerns on the record range from the compulsive nature of artistic reinvention on "Changes", to occultism and Nietzschean philosophy on "Oh! You Pretty Things" and "Quicksand"; several songs make cultural and literary references. He was also inspired by his stateside tour to write songs dedicated to three American icons: Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan and Lou Reed. The song "Kooks" was dedicated to Bowie's newborn son Duncan. The album's cover artwork, photographed in monochrome and subsequently recoloured, features Bowie in a pose inspired by actresses of the Hollywood Golden Age. Upon release, Hunky Dory and its lead single "Changes" received little promotion from RCA who were wary that Bowie would transform his image shortly. Thus, despite very positive reviews from the British and American music press, the album initially sold poorly and failed to chart. It was only after the commercial breakthrough of Bowie's 1972 follow-up album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars that Hunky Dory itself became a commercial success, peaking at number three on the UK Albums Chart. Retrospectively, Hunky Dory has been critically acclaimed as one of Bowie's best works, and features on several lists of the greatest albums of all time. Within the context of his career, it is considered to be the album where "Bowie starts to become Bowie", definitively discovering his voice and style.

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4.08

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5097

Genres

  • Rock
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5

One of my favorite Bowie albums to date. Something about it is especially touching compared to later albumbs. It's tender and understated but also powerful. Bowie's undeniable talent comes through with a strength and softness like a velvet hammer. SO good.

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With this album, Bowie really achieved one of the highest accolades he had ever or would ever receive in his life as an artist: having a cover of one of his songs appear in the soundtrack of Shrek 2.

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5

Ziggy Stardust before he became Ziggy Stardust. Inventive, creative, and a joy to listen to. Best track: Life On Mars?

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5

David Bowie has a unique sound all to his own and this album is a perfect encapsulation of that

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5

Just an incredible record. A landmark album.

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5

This was an easy 5 for me. Been a Bowie stan for awhile now, and "Queen Bitch" is one of my all time favorite Bowie songs. Plus we got "Changes" and "Life on Mars," so come on we gotta give it up for this record. A lot of interesting subject matter on this one too. The tributes to Andy Warhol and Bobby D were cool to see. Also love hearing Bowie espousing occult teachings and getting freaky on "Quicksand." An all over good time album for me.

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5

Feels like the last album he did for quite some time with obvious flashes of himself - Bewlay Brothers; Quicksand (both amazing) - in there, rather than whichever persona he had created. It's quite open about his influences, and it also feels like he's still trying on lots of different styles to see what fits. So you get some early glimpses of glam like Oh! You Pretty Things, and a VU homage/parody/rip-off, straight acoustic songs, show songs and all sorts of other stuff chucked into the mix. Also casually in the middle of it all one of the best songs of all time, and it opens with another all-time Bowie classic. Don't much care for Fill Your Heart or Andy Warhol, but I love everything else. It's a 5 alright.

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5

I'll admit it, I have never listened to Bowie. I know him more as a pop culture figure and couldn't name a song if you asked. Was pleased to know many songs on this, but didn't know who sang them. Incredible album!

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5

Great album, I've listened to it numerous times and it's grown on me, maybe even being better than Ziggy Stardust. Changes is such a great opener, one of the best actually. I also learned that a riff from Andy Warhol was the inspiration for one in Metallica's Master of Puppets. Who knew?

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5

My favourite Bowie album. Simple but excellent songwriting. Some lesser known gems on here like Eight Line Poem which has more emotion with only a piano and a guitar in the intro than a lot of other bands have in their entire back catalogue.

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5

Excellent album top to bottom with great music and clever lyrics describing life and society. Wide variety of themes and styles but it still builds momentum from one song to the next. Changes. Oh you pretty things, life on Mars, kooks, fill your heart. Andy Warhol.

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5

I should really give this a 4 based on individual track ratings, but the peaks on here are elite. Probably 5th or 6th best Bowie album. Life On Mars aside, Queen Bitch has always been the highlight for me. 1. Changes - usually skip this because it's so overplayed but it's shit hot 9.5/10 2. Oh You Pretty Things - a highlight 9.5/10 3. Eight Line Poem - Doesn't do it for me 5/10 4. Life On Mars - possibly the best track of the 70's 11/10 5. Kooks - used to find this kind of annoying but it's harmless enough 7/10 6. Quicksand - forgot about this 8.5/10 7. Fill Your Heart - quirky 7/10 8. Andy Warhol - It's alright 7/10 9. Song For Bob Dylan - another classic 9/10 10. Queen Bitch - Top 10 Bowie tune 10/10 11. Bewley Brothers - Love it man such a unique track. Starving for me gravy - 9/10

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5

Bowie was the greatest album artist of the 1970s, a period noted for great album artists (Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, The Clash, Led Zeppelin, Kraftwerk...), and Hunky Dory was his first album where he organically combined his varied artistic passions. In the credits, Bowie is credited as "The Actor" (though his films may make you think otherwise). As such, the listener senses a multiplicity to this album, that of numerous roles being adopted. Since this was Bowie's lifelong creative persona, and since this is the first album where he fully expounds on this iridescent philosophy. Indeed, the opening Changes serves as a manifesto. However, don't believe that this album, for all its theatricality, lacks tenderness and heart. The piano-led melodies are at turns bombastic and fragile, and the whole record demonstrates that Bowie settling into the role of Bowie was in pursuit of his muse. Indispensable, and yes, hunky dory.

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5

I don't know why everyone hates "Kooks." "Kooks" rules. Without "Kooks," there is no Belle & Sebastian.

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4

what a ride. this ablum is like forrest gumps box of chocolates (or paul mersons bag of Revels). you might get an absolute all time belter of a song, you might get a mime stuck in a phone box or you might get a song that didn't make it on to mary poppins. still throroughly enjoyable and it feels weird giving it a high score when there are songs on there that i would happily never hear again but the belters, well they're the reason everyone has such a hard on for Bowie.

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4

An album that was certainly not up to the standard of singer-songwriters of the time, but it showed that Bowie was more than just a pop singer. (7/10) FT: Changes, Oh You Pretty Thing, Life On Mars, Queen Bitch

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Restoring the messy remains of classic rock with pop purpose lovingly swiped from Black sources, at its best this is a signpost for the road too infrequently travelled by proggers. At its worst, he proves susceptible to the same tendencies. In the middle, he pays tribute to Warhol and Dylan by name, but not to Lou Reed, even though Queen Bitch doesn't exist without the Velvets. Then again, two bouts of overt hero-worship is probably enough for one record. Freaks, kooks, and queers everywhere are addressed directly for maybe the first time ever. And how about those camped John Lennon vocals? Some of his best.

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5

Aoife said it's good

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5

Goddamn, I love me some Bowie. This one's a treat from start to finish. Stuff like Changes, Life on Mars? Andy Warhol, and Song for Bob Dylan. Great album, would rec.

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5

Yes David yes

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5

Wow, some classic hits, but loved the other tracks, still a little wierd but with a more folk background it was less jarring. Loved it!!

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5

Chunky Tory: let the bodies pile high

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5

Side 1 is so good. Probably timeless songs. It does fall off on side 2 but still best Bowie album.

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5

who doesn't love to wrap themselves up in a nice Bowie album? Changes, life on Mars, what delight.

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There's nothing wrong with kooks!

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5

An incredible album that speaks for the time it was made

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it's a five NEXT

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5

i always appreciate some Bowie

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5

For a long time this was my favorite Bowie album until I got swept up into the mythology of the Berlin Trilogy. I will say though that this may be the most enjoyable Bowie album and the most light hearted. He's definitely vibing on some Velvet Underground here.

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5

Life on Mars?

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5

masterpiece. Enjoyed the obvious hits but one that stood out, lyrically, was Quicksand.

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5

in his prime - top album

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5

cinco veces cinco

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5

amazing album, one of Bowie's best. period.

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5

Ett mästerverk. En klassiker. En personlig favorit.

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5

Changes is a fantastic song. It's the platonic ideal of what an opening song should be on an album (The only one better is probably "Vicious" off of Lou Reed's Transformer, which Bowie produced a year later). It's full of charm and wit and transgression. It's Bowie on full charm, bombastic and triumphant. This album really could be Bowie's greatest hits for good reason. From the highs and majesty of "Life on Mars?" To the almost wailing, weird, mechanical "Andy Warhol" it is timeless. Like dream you never wish to wake from.

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5

All I have to say is Changes, Oh! You Pretty Things and Life on Mars. It doesn't get much better than this. Bowie is a genius, and this is one of his best.

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5

this is crazy, I was listening to this on the way to work this morning! perfect album, gets me choked up

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5

Great.

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5

an oldie but a goodie. its amazing. Changes to Oh! You Pretty Things is a classic 1-2 punch. Life on Mars. Kooks. Andy Wahol. You cannot hide from the hits!

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5

fun listening

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5

One of my favourite Bowie lps

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5

Absolutely slaps start to finish. Andy Warhol is the best Bowie song ever written. Fight me if you disagree.

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5

Jak sam tytul wskazuje bardzo klawy albumik, czwarty w dorobku Bowiego i chyba albumik ktory zapewnil mu komercyjno artystyczny sukces, bo mimo tego ze juz space oddity osiagnelo wysokie pozycje listowe, ale nastepny album nie byl juz takim sukcesem ze wzgledu na swoje dosc surowe brzmienie, natomiast hunky dory powrocil do dosc popowo folkowego stylu w jakim zaczynal, o wyjatkowosci tej plyty swiadczy tez to, ze wiekszosc kawalkow zostala skomponowana na pianinie, a nie na gitarce jak w poprzednich pracach, wiec nadaje mu unikalnego cieplego klimatu, jako ze jest to trzeci albumim bowiowy na liscie, to o samym artyscie nie ma co pisac, co by juz nie bylo napisane, sporo utworow jest bezposrednio lub posrednio skierowana do swoich idoli, wiec warholowy song sie znadzie, welvetowy, czy tez dylanowy, album mozna podzielic na dwie czesci, pierwsza hity i bangiery ktore prawie kazdy slyszal chocby w radio, natomiast druga bardziej personalna, jak wspominalem glownie o idolach, chyba cala pierwsza czesc mam juz na plejce, to nic nie dodaje, ale jako ze jest to jeden z moich ulubionych bowiowych albumikow, to raczej calosciowo sluchany, wokale jeszcze niezdarte zyciem rokowym, pianinko o ktorym juz wspominalem i unikatowy klimat, nie czesto sie spotyka albumiki wygrane tak zarowno arytysycznie jak i komercyjnie

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5

An undeniable classic. Always love listening to this.

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5

excellent david bowie. favorited

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5

Don't @ me

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5

One of the best albums of all time

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5

Some of the greatest songs ever recorded but the whole piece is ultimately let down by a couple of awful ones. It's David Bowie though so you have to forgive the experiments don't you?

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5

Was impressed, but I guess not super surprised at the consistency and production quality of this album. I think it is mainly comparing this to some of the other albums from the list so far. There are the main tracks I have heard before, but even towards the end of the album like Queen Bitch stood out

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5

Fantastic album. One of his best.

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5

Awesome. Some killer vibes here

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5

Please and thank you

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5

Una locura de álbum, con una profundidad lírica extraña en su tiempo fuera del terreno cantautor. Me parece maravilloso.

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5

Cha Cha Changes den ganzen Tag als Ohrwurm gehabt...

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5

Would it be sacrilegious to say I might like this record better than Ziggy Stardust? It's a little more free, somehow, but maybe less consistent, too. Favourite track: "Life on Mars"

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5

A classic, with interesting and well crafted songs

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Šta reći na ovaj album? Definitivno IMHO je ovo njegov najbolji album bez premca, eventualno jako blizu može doći Low i The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. Album koji me uvijek podsjeća na lijepe trenutke, kadgod ga pustim i znači mi. Od toliko kvalitetnin i odličnih albuma gospodina Stardusta, eto ovaj mi je s vremenom isplivao na prvo mjesto. *ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!!!!*

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5

Love.

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5

Good listen upbeat, fun

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5

Hi everyone, I'm Mark.

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5

Peak Bowie. Doesn’t get better than this.

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5

The first great Bowie album. First side is an absolute masterpiece. From the shocking "Changes" that marked his position as a leader than follower of trends. To the surreal nature of "Oh you pretty things" and "Life on Mars." To me, the two things that make Bowie stand out to the rest are his master utilization of the piano (where contemporaries rely on the guitar) and his clear expressionist voice, taking ideas or people of his life (e.g. Warhol, Dylan, his son) and giving them new life through emotional sound and songwriting.

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5

This album is amazing. I can see why it is considered the beginning of Bowie's artistic success. Favorite songs are "Changes," "Oh! You Pretty Things," "Life on Mars?," "Kooks," "Quicksand," "Song for Bob Dylan," and "The Bewlay Brothers." If I had to choose my least favorite song, I guess it would be "Eight Line Poem," but I still enjoy that track.

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5

Classic album. Huge leap in songwriting from his previous three albums featuring great melodies and driving instrumentation.

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5

Brilliant

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78. Não tem água, não tem ar, mas tem muito amor para dar. MotA: Life on Mars? "Still don't know what I was waitin' for / and my time was runnin' wild"

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5

Big fan of David Bowie over here. Life on Mars is just so good! Hadn't heard much of this album otherwise, I'm glad to have had a listen through!

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5

Fuck, I listen to this album all the time. Every single song is great, with some absolute classics among the first few songs on the album. Grabs you from the first song and takes you on an incredibly journey. The only bad thing about it is that the album is over before you know it 5/5

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5

Superb

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I enjoyed this album immensely, from start to finish. My fave songs are Changes, Oh You Pretty Things and Kooks. 5/5 stars.

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5

A surprisingly strong album, given that this was much earlier Bowie. And better all around than some of the other stuff I've heard. While I love the experimental stuff on later records, this was just consistently strong songwriting, cohesive sounds, and great performances.

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5

Awesome

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5

5 stars. I’m pretty familiar with this album. I lump it in with Bowie’s other great albums (Ziggy Stardust, Heroes, Station to Station). This one feels more like a collection of songs that some of my other favorites, but maybe I’m being too hard on him

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5

never have anything bad to say about David, a great album!

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5

I still remember first being introduced to this album by a friend, who left me a very badly produced cassette copy. I listened to it for years. I also remember being reintroduced to the album over another friend's hi-fi. I haven't left Hunky Dory since. As to the album itself, I often argue with myself as to whether it is Bowie's best. And my answer is that this deliberation is pointless; all I should be doing is enjoy the album. And enjoy it I do: while many of the albums featured here are full of fillers, or contain songs that all sound the same, Hunky Dory is an exercise in the exact opposite: a collection of unique songs that coalesce into an album. A great album that's been with me for years and years.

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5

This was the album that got be into Bowie in the first place. Queen Bitch was the first Bowie song I ever heard that I was consciously aware of as being a Bowie song. This entire album is perfect. Obviously it's full of hits, but even the 'lesser' tracks shine. Quicksand and Andy Warhol are some of my most favorite tracks ever.

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5

Classical Bowie album from the 70s - timeless, nothing to add

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5

Moments of genius, and some weird stuff.

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5

Competes with Ziggy Stardust for best Bowie album and therefore competes with every other album in existence for best album of all time. The album which launched Bowie not just as a great songwriter but a true artist, the poetry, musicality, taste and verve of this collection of songs is beautiful and unmatched.

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5

Aw, Changes is always just such a heart-warmer ❤️ Haven't really listened to Bowie albums before, and am gonna have to change that. This was pure delight, from start to finish. Fav new track: Fill Your Heart, I think (such pretty piano) but loads of candidates.

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5

The best bowie record after Low ;)

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5

Look out, you rock and rollers. More melancholy than a lot of his other work, but still tempered with silliness. (Still fucking hate 'Kooks', though.)

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5

Several on here I’ve never heard in addition to the super hits. Oh! you pretty things and Andy Warhol stand out and great songs new to me. It’s a 5

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5

Hunky Dory is not quite as accessible as Ziggy Stardust (which was recorded around the same time) but it's arguably as good, if not better. It's Bowie's coming out album, and the songs and themes on display here set the blueprint for the super-stardom that was to come.

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5

This album is essential. Changes, Queen Bitch, Life on Mars, I could go on and on. Bowie was a force! Oh Those Pretty Things is such a great song too. I love this album. I love Bowie, and I marvel at his genius.

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5

Bowie de vinilo.

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5

Absolutely wonderful. This is all very good and then you have Life on Mars which is on another level to almost everything. Loved Mick Ronson's guitar on Andy Warhol as well.

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5

One of Bowie’s best, this album is has so many cracking tunes, changes, kooks

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5

I love this album. I have it on vinyl.

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5

I will probably give all of Bowie's albums 5 and this is no exception. The man was a master

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5

the greatest glam album ever made. changes is a perfect glimpse into bowie's mindset and an incredible album opener. life on mars? is one of bowie's true masterpieces; it's an absolutely perfect song and one of the best pieces of music to come out of the 70s. kooks is a cliche, but interesting song. from what I've heard there seems to be a lot of hate towards quicksand in the bowie fandom, but it's one of my favorites off this album and by him in general.

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5

Piano heavy, like if Kooks was its own album

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Magnificent! Bowie in his '70s pomp.

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I'd heard the hits, but no one told me how magical the rest of this album was. Easily now one of my all-time favorites. Bravo.

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5

And then it transitions to this gorgeous minimalist guitar descant over the top of simple piano. It really like, crescendo's and then realises you might need a small break and slowly builds back up.

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5

Classic Bowie that should be in everyone's Bowie selection. Love the whole Album and Prized Vinyl in my Bowie collection. Added bonus of Rick Wakeman on piano for "Life On Mars". All tracks are favourites and made me want a girlfriend with a "Bippity Boppity Hat!"

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5

Life on Mars? and Changes brought in the 5 stars

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5

classic

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5

Great album, changes, life on mars

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5

Classic. Nothing much else I could say, really. Every song on this record was phenomenal. Probably my favorite Bowie album.

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5

Great album through and through.

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5

Absolutely superb album and some extremely memorable tracks

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Sehr schön, harmonisch, gefällt mir sehr gut, kann ich bewusst hören oder auch im Hintergrund spielen lassen.

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5

It's David-frickin'-Bowie.

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5

Definitely a classic. I enjoyed pretty much every song on this album besides the well-known hits. I actually pulled some songs for my personal Playlist from this one. Best one in a while.

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5

That's some classic Bowie right there.

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5

Genius

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5

I already listen to and fucking love this album. One of the most listened to albums of 2021 for me.

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5

I already love this album ♡ It's one of my favorites – among a handful of records from my dad's collection that I asked to keep. Sonically there's nothing like it. Delightfully self-contained yet expansive, "Hunky Dory" brings glory to the human race.

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5

pretty snazzy

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5

His fourth album? Even now, Bowie is extremely unique, both in sound and performance. Dramatic and attention grabbing. "Life on Mars" is undoubtable the most famous song here, and rightfully so but "Changes" makes for a great opener, with some of the themes repeated in subsequent songs. The lyrics "You've left us up to our necks in it" still feels true 50 years later... some things never change. Can't say anything terrible about this album now. I do remember the first time I tried to listen to this album was a struggle but it grew on me and is now one of my favourite frequents. I often have "Oh you pretty things" in my head. Very catchy as with many of the songs featured on this album. Also just love the play on words in the chorus. "Kooks" is very sweet but I also believe it to be the weakest link on this album, probably the only song I would consider skipping on a listen although I'm not a huge fan of "Fill Your Heart" either. "Quicksand" is a great inward perspective song with strange encouragement towards moving forward. "Warhol", "Song For Bob Dylan" and "Queen Bitch" are all tributes. The chorus in "SFBD" directly references songs by Velvet Underground, whose debut album uses a Warhol print on the cover. Another fun fact, Bowie played the part of Warhol in the 1996 movie based on the life of Jean-Michel Basquiat. "Queen Bitch" definitely deserves a mention by itself, definitely one of the most standout and memorable songs on Hunky Dory. "The Bewlay Brothers" rounds off the album nicely, slowing down the pace after the previous song, albeit the ending always unnerves me. Is it just coincidence that I received my first 1001 Bowie album on his birthday? (January 8th) Nice surprise either way.

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5

Finally a Bowie! Definitely one of the best Bowie's at his peak. Apart from the obvious hits also has The Bewley Brothers, Kooks and Queen Bitch on it which are all excellent.

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5

Its a 5 star banger, love so many songs on here and so pleased to finally have a Bowie in the 1001 line up. Assume a lot of him albums will be!

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5

An absolute banger of an entire album. It's pure art and it changed everything. I bow down to Bowie yet again this is a solid 5 stars.

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5

Heard before and even listened it the other day. One of my favourite albums, Bowie's first truly great album.

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5

Brilliant

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5

Even the less good tracka are good and the good ones are great

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5

Really good

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5

An absolute classic. So many bops here

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5

Changes, Life on Mars, Queen Bitch..... it's got bangers. And the rest of it is not that shabby either.

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5

loved this album

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5

Great! Loved it! Keeping in rotation

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5

Delightfully idiosyncratic

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5

“Changes”, “Oh! You pretty thing”, and “Life on Mars”. David Bowie, loved the album!

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5

Pese a haber tantos discos de Bowie, tengo claro que este es uno de mis dos favoritos y que una de las cosas que lo hace serlo es el piano, presente en todas las rolas. Además, este es un disco balanceado, en el que no llega a lo dramático y obscuro de los últimos discos de su carrera, pero tampoco es el glam de pronto exagerado y a veces hasta lleno de disonancias de otros discos. Mi rola favorita del disco: Life on Mars? que de hecho creo que es mi favorita de toda su carrera.

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5

Creo que esto es de lo más digerible de Bowie y me encantó. Grandes letras, gran música, totalmente un discazo.

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5

Hi- Changes, Oh! You Pretty Things, Life on Mars?, Andy Warhol, Queen Bitch Amazing album, laid the groundwork for Ziggy Stardust, not a bad track in the bunch, it’s David Bowie

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Oh, you pretty thing!, is what I have to say every time I listen to this album. Eleven beautiful songs, all beautifully composed, covering a variety of interesting topics, from art itself to fatherhood. The best art pop album ever made, and one of several Bowie albums that belong to the lists of best records ever made. It has "Changes", "Life on Mars?" and "Queen Bitch", what more do you need?

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5

Top 3 Bowie album. Perfect. 10/10 1. Oh You Pretty Things 2. Changes 3. Life on Mars

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5

Timeless timeless classic. The best album of the 70 I live done on this list. as part of this I tried to listen to it afresh. I was surprised how much was piano based compared to most of his oeuvre. Cover art 5/5

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5

Love everything Bowie, this album was a great listen

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5

Classic Bowie

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5

Absolute genius

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5

The first really Bowie-like Bowie album. Contains a few deadset classics (Life on Mars?, Oh You Pretty Things, Changes), plus a few second-string Bowie numbers (Queen Bitch, Andy Warhol). The Spiders from Mars band coming together (augmented by Rick Wakeman), with only occasional flexings of the rock monster that band would become. Thi sis the first real flexing of Bowie's full powers, and the beginning of his awesome run of albums through the 1970s. While this album may have moments of weakness, it is hard to separate this from the whole run of Bowie's output, as the real kick-off point, laying down many of the themes he would return to throughout his career (changes, chameleons, the apocalypse, identity).

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5

I was never a big Bowie fan growing up - I didn't dislike him, but didn't seek out his music to listen to. However, I've come to appreciate him more and more as I get older, so I was happy to give this album a close listen today. What a great album it is. For most great artists, I think they usually have a transition album where they start to come into their own. For the Beatles that album is Revolver for example. For David Bowie, I sense that this is his transition album. I'm not sure why, but I love that so many of the songs are about (or dedicated to) specific people. Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, and Bowie's newborn son. I think Queen Bitch could have easily been a Velvet Underground song - impressive that Bowie was able to effortlessly pick up on their style. Going in I was thinking 4 stars, but after listening again I'm going with 5 stars. Classic.

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5

And so we arrive at last, at the first of many, many essential David Bowie albums. “Hunky Dory” is a fresh, eclectic gem, with some precursors of glam-Bowie and shape-shifting remnants of folk-Bowie. There’s a tendency to view it as an artist expanding his horizons while drawing ever closer to world-domination, but one of my favourite things about “Hunky Dory” is just how unfussy and homely it feels. It isn’t his all-out blockbuster (“Ziggy”), his most radical reinvention (“Station to Station”) or even his most fun offering (“Scary Monsters”… fight me). But “Hunky Dory” perfectly balances such high ambition with a self-assured, home-spun atmosphere. It’s a sitting-round the-fireplace album, a record just as suited to a low-key family gathering as at a house party (my kind of house party anyway). We get to hear Bowie making peace with cozy domesticity in the lolloping, heartwarming “Kooks”. He wears his influences on his sleeves and gushes over them in “Andy Warhol”, “Queen Bitch” (for The Velvet Underground) and “Song for Bob Dylan”. Even “Fill Your Heart”, sometimes dismissed as a lightweight cover, strikes the perfect twee-filled note with me. And all that praise is without even mentioning three career-defining works which made it onto the same album. “Changes”… wow. “Oh! You Pretty Things”… spectacular. “Life On Mars”… come on, man. The latter especially might be incredibly ambitious in arrangement, bombast and scope, but it still feels like it could have only been written by Bowie at this specific time in his life. Twenty-four years old, still figuring out his image, channelling the contemporaries he loved, on a course to the moon. And the soul of the whole set lies with “Quicksand”, bearing the line many fans repeated after his demise: “I’m not a prophet or a stone age man, just a mortal with potential of a superman, I’m living on…”

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5

One of the best

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Una de les primeres obres mestres (no la primera) de Bowie, que tot just feia poc que encetava la seva época d'inspiració màxima, que hauria de durar uns quants anys. No hi ha una sola nota que estigui de més, un disc perfecte

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Ce que j'aime de David Bowie c'est qu'il touche à plein de style musicaux et il a un soucis pour les mélodies. Ici on revient plus pop après The Man Who Sold The World. On a 3 gros hits sur cet album avec Changes, Oh You Pretty Things et Life on Mars? (et personnellement j'en ajouterais une quatrième avec Andy Warhol). Les autres pièces ne sont pas plates pour autant. Même si je préfère dans son ensemble The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, je crois que Hunky Dory est l'album qui fait le plus l'unanimité dans la maison.

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5

Didn't think I was a big Bowie fan but enjoyed that album all the way through with several massive stand outs

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5

Another gem of a classsic

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5

Bowie de vinilo.

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5

Just so good.

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5

Bowie at the height of his powers - a bunch of absolute bangers on this one. Fave track - I mean, "Life on Mars?" is absolutely iconic, and I can never not dig it. "Andy Warhol" really grabbed me on this listed through, too...

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5

A class album, just listen to it, practically perfect in every way

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5

5/5 this album is fi-fi-fi-fi-fire! There’s sense of grief that is comforting throughout this entire album. Standouts: Changes 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Oh you pretty things (piano sounds fun) Life on mars🔥🔥 Quicksand🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 Fill your heart (great juxtaposition to quicksand) 🔥 Andy warhol Queen Bitch 🔥🔥🔥 The new lay brothers 🔥🔥

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5

Classic Bowie

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5

Hermoso Sublime Maravilloso

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5

Near perfect album While I disagree with his take on Bob Dylan, the whole rest of this album was fucking flawless

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5

At last a 5 to add! For ages I used to think that this came after Ziggy. I brilliant collection of tracks that only Bowie could write. No duff tracks. (I don't mind Kooks at all) Classic. Its hard to pull a favourite. Life of Mars is eternal..FIVE.

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5

One of his best, what an enigmatic and delightful album

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5

SO. GOOD.

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5

This was FANTASTIC

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EEEEEEEEEEE An obvious 5* for me, this album brings me so much joy! I was going to start listing favourites but my brain just ran through the entire tracklist lol Life on Mars is absolute perfection I'd forgotten how pretty Eight Line Poem is, the instrumentals are gorgeous INJECT THE ENERGY OF QUEEN BITCH INTO MY VEINS The Bewlay Brothers gives me chills every time I listen without fail, especially when the instrumental *expands* (you know what I mean)

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5

<3 great album

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5

Duh

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5

Great album. I should listen to more old Bowie

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5

Great album

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5

Life on Mars is one of the greatest songs of all time and Queen Bitch invented glam rock.

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5

Classic and perfect

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If I have ever heard this album it was a very, very long time ago. It felt familiar to me. Of course “Changes” and “Life On Mars” are deeply embedded in my psyche, but there is much else on this album to love. How incredible to be able to look back across David Bowie’s entire, incredible career at this seminal album. Really amazing and it sounds as fresh as ever!

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5

For no very good reason, I've not listened to much David Bowie aside from the hits. That's a real shame. This is stellar.

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I guess I have always thought of myself as a just-kinda-a Bowie fan. Had I heard this album earlier in my life, perhaps I have been much more of a fan. This is a gorgeous album.

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"Changes" will always remind me of joyfully singing along with friends in a car in the 80s. I had never heard this wonderful album that contains it and it was a delight for me. I want to listen again and again and discover all the things I know I've missed. Wonderful!

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5

Really good

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5

what’s there not to like here favorite tracks: probably everything besides Kooks

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5

Wonderful. The first single I ever bought was Life on Mars. Queen Bitch is a staple of my kitchen guitar sessions.

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5

Bowie!

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5

Love David Bowie

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5

This is another no brainer for me. I wore out my 8 track version of this in high school. Interesting stories with great instrumentals behind it. Will listen to again....

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5

A classic. One of may favorite Bowie albums

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Loved album, adding to rotation

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Maravilloso. Grandes tracks como Changes. Un lujo.

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Absolutely no way I can be objective about this as the songs filled my childhood. Not that I was around then! Rather, my dad filled our lounge and front room with the sounds of Queen, Alice Cooper, the Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa - and David Bowie. So, each and every song on this album waltzes with fuzzy, fond memories of childhood. Consequently, Hunky Dory is more than simply music; it's the soundtrack to my formative years, my own movie score if you will. I had a very happy childhood. I have grown to appreciate, in different ways, almost everything my parents played (sorry dad - I draw the line at Peter Skellern) and as such I feel this in the very marrow of my bones. Five stars.

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You shoulda been there the first time I realized that quote from the opening of 'The Breakfast Club' was from the song 'Changes'. Haha oh boy. What a day. But really, what a bunch of great songs - Changes, Oh!, You Pretty Things, Life on Mars?, Kooks, Quicksand, Fill Your Heart, Andy Warhol, Queen Bitch... there's plenty of good stuff to go around. This one doesn't meander or, at least if it does, it comes back with something interesting.

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An incredible introduction into Bowie's catalog and can't wait to get more! Favourite Tracks: - Life on Mars? - Queen Bitch - Oh! You Pretty Things - Changes - Andy Warhol - The Bewlay Brothers - Quicksand Overall Grade: 5/5 (A / A-)

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good

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quite pretty good yknow solid album

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Nice to revisit

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p254. 1971. 5 stars. One of the great singer/songwriters on absolute top form. There is not a weak track on this. Exquisite musicianship and production. What's not to like?

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5

David Bowies voice is sick

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5

Sublime 🥰 The first album I ever bought with my own money. Love it.

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。゚゚・。・゚゚。 ゚。 je suis en retard  ゚・。・゚

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Life on mars and queen bitch are timeless

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There is definitely a running theme of classic albums that I had never heard before, and this can be added to that list. I did used to own a Best Of David Bowie album, so the ones I recognised are likely from that. I’m excited to listen though because I love everything I’ve heard before! Songs I already knew: Changes, Oh You Pretty Things, Life On Mars Favourite after listening: Oh You Pretty Things, Queen Bitch Overall: 10/10 I have been giving out a lot of high scores recently, but that should not detract from the perfection of this album. The version I listened to was the 2015 remaster so I can’t comment on the original version, but this was bliss from front to end. Piano is heavily featured throughout this album and is all beautifully composed. His singing, as expected, is pristine throughout but it is the songwriting that really shines for me. Would most definitely recommend to anybody, whether they enjoy this genre or not.

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5

WOW

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5

My favorite Bowie album. My favorite version is the Ryko reissue. Bombers may be my favorite Bowie song.

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I’m a big fan of Bowie and this album is fantastic.

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Olin unohtanut kuinka hyvä tää levy on! Aivan nautittava - sopivasti hittiä ja sopivasti taidetta! Näin sitä pitää 5/5

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A classic

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Theatrical in a way that only Bowie could really do. Favorite tracks: "Life on Mars?", "Queen Bitch"

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Arguably Bowie's best album.

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Changes. Life on mars. Good songs.

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2 of the greatest songs ever, and some other pretty great songs too (Oh! You pretty things, Kooks, Quicksand, Queen Bitch). Probably Bowie’s 4th/5th best.

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4

Very good.

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4

Starting off strong.

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I liked this more than I thought I would. Thank you David Bowie

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Good Bowie album. Front loaded with hits, but enjoyed most of it. Not sure I'm that keen on the chugging acoustic guitar that goes through a lot of it, but otherwise liked the songs, arrangements, production and instrumentation.

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Could clearly hear the different instruments, particularly piano. Bowie’s voice is fruity and impossible to mistake. I knew all the songs even though I didn’t recognize the names of all of them.

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