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The Next Day

David Bowie

2013

The Next Day

Album Summary

The Next Day is the 25th studio album by English musician David Bowie, released over several dates in March 2013 through his ISO Records label, under exclusive license to Columbia Records. It marked Bowie's return to recording after retreating from the public due to a heart attack on the A Reality Tour in 2004. Co-produced by Bowie and longtime collaborator Tony Visconti, the album was recorded in New York City at the Magic Shop and Human Worldwide Studios between May 2011 and October 2012. It featured contributions from new musicians and returning contributors, including Gerry Leonard, Earl Slick, Gail Ann Dorsey, Steve Elson, Sterling Campbell and Zachary Alford. The sessions took place under complete secrecy, with all personnel involved signing non-disclosure agreements. Musically, The Next Day is primarily a rock album, featuring elements of art rock. Numerous commentators highlighted references to Bowie's prior works. The dark lyrics were partly inspired by the artist's readings of English and Russian history, and cover different types of conflict and topics such as tyranny and violence. Meanwhile, the characters vary from soldiers, assassins, school shooters and street gangs. The cover art was designed by Jonathan Barnbrook and is an adapted version of Bowie's 1977 album "Heroes", featuring a white square containing the album's title obscuring his face and the "Heroes" title crossed out. The debut single "Where Are We Now?" and news of the album were released online with no prior announcement on 8 January 2013, Bowie's 66th birthday. Within hours, he made headlines around the world, surprising fans and media who had assumed he retired from music. Preceded by a viral marketing campaign, The Next Day topped charts around the world and debuted at number one and two on the UK Albums Chart and US Billboard 200, respectively. It was his first UK number-one album since 1993 and his highest charting US album since 1976. Several singles with accompanying music videos were released throughout 2013. Outtakes and additional remixes appeared on The Next Day Extra in November. The Next Day was met with critical acclaim and was regarded as a return to form for the artist and his best work in decades. Many highlighted the performances of the band and Bowie himself and invited positive comparisons to prior works. However, some felt the music lacked innovation and found the album overlong, a sentiment echoed by Bowie's biographers. Among the first surprise albums of the 2010s, The Next Day was included in the 2014 revised edition of Robert Dimery's book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

3.39

Votes

880

Genres

  • Rock
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5

Likely no other artist will go out like Bowie did: surprise release two great albums relatively close together and then promptly die without any warning. A true king.

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5

An exceptional return to form, reminds me of his early / mid 70s stuff. What a talent we lost.

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5

This was really good. The saxophone was sexy.

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3

Ok

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There’s some strong stuff on here, and it’s Bowie after all, but it sort of highlights my continuous gripes about this list giving some artists too many spots. If you’re boiling down Bowie to a “must hear before you die” list this obviously doesn’t make the cut in my book.

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5

Wasn't expecting contemporary Bowie to be this good, not sure why I'm surprised that it's on the verge of masterpiece territory

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5

I like David Bowie, and he has a lot of classical in his musical history, but how is it possible to create a whole album that does not have fails? This is one of that rare cases where there is no single bad song in the entire album. This is impressive. Interesting to note some "new" things applied to some songs here for the first time that will follow his career until "Blackstar."

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4

love it

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4

Echt wel een vet album, met goede tunes

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4

Bowie is just surprisingly good. I was expecting an album of his from 2013 to sound like washed up old man shit, but this... this kinda rocks. It has a distinct sisters of mercy type thing going on vocally in a lot of places, which I'm sure is coincidence but still floats my boat. This would have been full marks if he'd trimmed it by 15min or so. 4/5.

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4

I found some songs fascinating, and was really into some of the slower beats. The yearning in his voice always compels me.

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4

Ningún megahit. Un 4.

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4

I enjoyed most of this album, especially the instrumentals.

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4

Loved how jazzy this was.

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4

I only really got into Bowie just before Blackstar came out, so missed the hype around The Next Day when it was first released. I'd always dismissed it, thinking it probably only got the acclaim it did because it was such an unexpected return But nope, it's also pretty damn good

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4

Oh wow what a small indie artist- glad to be one of the first people to ever say that this David man may be good!

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4

Not my favourite Bowie album by any stretch of the imagination, but let's face it. Even a bad Bowie album is a fantastic album. I think I found a few new favourites in this one as this album has none of my regular "go to" songs.

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4

I really liked these songs. First full listen of a Bowie album. He will be missed

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3

Its OK

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3

One day I'm going to 'get' David Bowie but this isn't the album to do it. Fine. Why are there only 4 reviews? 🤔

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3

It's okay. Doesn't have many catchy numbers, or the musical interest of blackstar

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3

My feelings towards Bowie's latter part of his back catalogue is mixed. On the one hand, I applaud his experiments with modern sounds- Little Wonder being a case in point- but quite a lot of it lacks the innovation that he was known for in his first few decades. This album just appears to pander to the masses, and on that basis- it was always bound to be lapped up by the massed ranks of Bowie fans. This album is definitely influenced by his own back catalogue rather than trying to push the envelope.

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3

Pretty boring considering the secrecy of his return. Where Are We Now is head and shoulders above the others, with that powerful, yet fragile, delivery that makes it feel more like Blackstar (which is a far better album).

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3

One of Bowie's better later works. Getting back on track after a frankly dismal couple of decades.

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3

Timed well enough as I am watching the original The Man Who Fell To Earth. Never heard of this album and quite liked a few tracks like Where Are Now and I'd Rather Be High

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3

I love it when we get an all-but-forgotten gem. Blackstar was proof enough that Bowie had it going on up to the end. I'll give this record the edge over the one the cover spoofs. Heroes was a one-song album. This has a lot more going on.

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3

This not my jam.

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3

I started off not liking it. It kinda grew on me a the day wore on. Not something I'd listen to all the time but I may play it again

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3

Positiivisesti yllätti. Päällisin puolin menevän toimivaa

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3

Taavetin musaks jopa ihan hyvä levy. Taustamustana toimiva ja omaan korvaan pesee vanhan hittien ulkopuolisen matskun helposti.

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3

bowie is good. but this album doesn't really stand out to me. it's weird to listen to an album that has creative things that you feel like you should like, but you just don't. for example the song if you can see me, is frenetic and weird. but not my style.

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3

I think the problem for me with randomly listening to an album each day is that for albums and artists I am unfamiliar with it is hard fornme to properly review it. When an album or an artist that I have listened or still listen to shows up I find my listen is usually better. I like Bowie and this album was fine but I feel because I haven't listened to his work enough, I couldn't see why this particular album was on the list. I liked it but can only give it a 3.

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3

Average for Bowie

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3

Probably my favourite of the Bowie albums we've had so far. Enjoyed it.

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3

Never head this one before. Seems good. Really need to get to know it better. 3/5

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3

I don't hate it.

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2

It is fine, and it is a great example of a quality end-of-career or comeback album, and maybe the book provides more context that's helpful. But overall I don't think this needs to be in here given David Bowie's strong showing with a huge number of other albums represented on the list. Rating is 3.5 or 3 for music, but 2 for over-representation.

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There is very little to say about this, which is disappointing for a David Bowie record. It's basically fine as a rock record, but it's not pushing any boundaries. Rating: 2.5/5 Playlist track: Where Are We Now? Date listened: 22/06/22

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2.5

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Han är för tråkig

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I love Bowie, but this did nothing for me.

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