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.Wikipedia
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.
An exceptional return to form, reminds me of his early / mid 70s stuff. What a talent we lost.
Wasn't expecting contemporary Bowie to be this good, not sure why I'm surprised that it's on the verge of masterpiece territory
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."
This was really good. The saxophone was sexy.
I found some songs fascinating, and was really into some of the slower beats. The yearning in his voice always compels me.
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
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.
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
What’s not to love about this one. Sounds close to black star but given the times of their release not surprised. Great tunes all could have been on his final album. Where are we now is one of my all time favourite Bowie tunes. Just wish I had got to see him perform.
Hadn’t heard it since the release.
Another gem from Bowie.
I really like this album. I seem to remember it didn't get the best reviews but maybe that's not true. It was a surprise release and just popped out one day. I really like the title track The Next Day, it's one of my fave Bowie tracks. I really like the darker nature of this album, bit scary in places, such as on Lost is Love
As magical as his first albums. It’s solid, each track fitting and perfectly performed
That was definitely a different experience than older records but, at the same time, felt comfortingly familiar. And yet, it's still pushing boundaries and challenging expectations for a new Bowie album. It's got a delightfully dark vibe like early, Berlin-era Bowie but it's so much more mature both in writing and performance. "The Next Day" feels like what it is: the return of a master to his chosen art form. It's Bowie coming out of retirement to show the young guns how it's done. I'm trying not to come off as a total Bowie fanboy because I'm not but I've got nothing bad to say about it at all. It's just really good.
Echt wel een vet album, met goede tunes
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.
Ningún megahit. Un 4.
I enjoyed most of this album, especially the instrumentals.
Loved how jazzy this was.
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!
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.
I really liked these songs. First full listen of a Bowie album. He will be missed
Not a Bowie album I'd heard of before but really good throughout.
Favorite Songs : The Stars (Are Out Tonight), The Next Day, Love Is Lost, Where Are We Now?, Valentine's Day, You Feel So Lonely You Could Die, Heat Least Favorite Songs: Boss Of Me, How Does The Grass Grow?, (You Will) Set The World On Fire Not my favorite Bowie project, but a welcome return to what made him so impressive and interesting in the first place. It really is a modern take on something he may have produced in the early 80s, which only makes the reused iconic 'Heroes' cover photo all the more appropriate; a single of this "what's old is new again" ideology "The Next Day" wants to imply. There's a very unique tone and groove through the whole album even without a consistent narrative or theme. Many of the songs here are triumphant and booming, some are droning and dark, and some genuinely very introspective and deliberately written. I only wish a bit of the fat could be trimmed off here and there, because the highs are so high and the lows so boring.
I can specifically thank this website for getting me to listen and enjoy Bowie. I wasn't a fan until this website gave me the suggestions and I'm really digging his music. This isn't my favorite album. A bit low energy for me, but still great writing.
Is this a contender for best 25th album by an artist? One of rock’s greatest comebacks. Incredible to return to the stage and deliver this after 10 years of absence. Like so many of Bowie’s records this is best when he steps away from the conventional road and experiments. And while I still find the first album to be strong it’s the second half that really shines!
Definitely a highlight of the late stages of Bowie's career. Incredible that he could keep this level of innovation and songwriting quality throughout. Perhaps also one of the most accessible and thoroughly enjoyable Bowie albums out there - which is certainly not a bad thing. 'Where Are We Now' really is magnificent.
This album has no right to be as good as it is. It's a true return of form, sounding straight from the 70s, mostly glam rock but updated equipment. Super versatile, with sax solos, Eno-esque synths, and gospel back vocals. No half ass effort here. Banger after banger, catchy and energetic. Only complaint is a bit too long, but there's something to like about each of the tracks it feels werd to call any of them particularly weak. Favorites: Dirty Boys, The Stars, Love is Lost, Where Are We Now, Boss of Me, How Does the Grass Grow
Sober more mature Bowie still put out some great tunes. Gonna have to listen to this phase of his music more often. Love me some Bowie.
very cohesive, not my fav bowie record but it’s still bowie and very good
Really good. Where are we now a highlight.
This album was a spectacular return to form for David Bowie, who released it in 2013 after a decade-long hiatus. I would not have imagined he had an album this good in him at that point in his career, but this album really delivers at every level. Musically, the songs are jagged, artful and frequently intense. Lots of little musical threads that point back to Bowie's past works, which makes this really exciting for a fan to hear. Bowie is in perfect voice and his band is on fire. Loved listening to this today. Fave Songs: The Stars (Are Out Tonight), Dirty Boys, The Next Day, Valentine's Day, Where Are We Now?, Heat, How Does the Grass Grow?
I enjoy a lot of Bowie songs from the 70s/80s but I've never delved into his contemporary stuff before. This is fantastic so far though!
8/10. Actually quite liked this, but it's still bullshit that there are multiple 2010's David Bowie albums on this list, because it is just not representative of the music of the 2010's.
I've never listened to a full Bowie album post-Let's Dance until his final album Blackstar. The occasional song I had heard was decent (i do love I'm Afraid of Americans, but let's not get too far off the subject at hand) but I had kinda just written him off. A once brilliant talent who just released stuff for only the most devoted fans to just "meh" at was the impression that I had. Well, I can't speak for any of those other albums I missed but I was quite wrong about this one. There's a lot of really great songs here performed as well as one would expect from a legend. It's not quite on par with his really classic material but maybe when I inevitably return to this I will have a change of heart. Until then I give this an enthusiastic 4 out of 5.
This had some good singles, but I always found later Bowie stuff was less interesting than the early Bowie music.
Bowie rewards those who lister to the end with songs such as You Will Set The World On fire
Would give it a 8/10,not a fan of Bowie but i loved the album nevertheless
It sounds like Bowie working out what he would later go on to expand and perfect on Blackstar. Not sure I would've included it on this list but enjoyable nonetheless.
Really good stuff. I remember when this came out and it was a complete surprise as he hadn’t hade an album for 10 years. Bangs out 2 albums with 0 warning they were coming, then exits this mortal coil. Legend.
Bowie only makes classics. Where are we know is one of my all time favorite Bowie songs. The dude just got better with age. I think I’ll go 4 just because I zone out at some times but give me dark star next because that a 5!
I did a deep dive into DB discography a while back and he's got a million albums and most are not that good. This one was solid but clearly not the best out there. Nice work though!
What the hell. I've never seen this before hahahh. Good stuff.
The bittersweet stand-out 'Where Are We Now' and the bold album cover itself promote an imprecise nostalgia that's more slippery and certainly more thoughtful than most other sixty-six-year-old former-glory rockstars are capable of creating. Bowie moves on and I'm a big fan. Favorite songs: 'Love Is Lost', 'Where Are We Now?', 'Valentine's Day' (three great tracks back to back)
Wow what a beautiful album. I've never given this one as much attention but actually has my fave newer Bowie song "where are we now". As ever the classic Bowie chord delights, never predictable but always amazing
Great artist and great album. Wish we could get more.
Very good. Will listen to again
Some very solid Bowie. I don't think it has quite the extra special prowess of, say, Heroes or Ziggy, but it was still a very strong showing from him.
I never knew this album existed, so was surprised with how good it was. It’s probably since been overshadowed since black star was released. That and the use of the heroes album cover is probably why I have missed it in Bowie discovery. That was a mistake.
Now THIS is one of the David Bowie albums of all time.
Sounds like Bowie in best way, I didn't enjoy it as much as classic Bowie, but still great
This is a dense, varied album that demands multiple listens to get the most from.
only knew one or two songs off of this album but David Bowie is already one of my favourites - maybe its the nostalgia of him but it just brings me back to being 10 years old. This album feels like Bowie's way of saying: "even though its 2013 and im "past my prime" I can still produce an album to blow you all out the water". Cant think of one song that felt out of place... my favourites were: 'you feel so lonely you could die', 'Valentines Day' and 'where are we now?'.
Liked it, as I imagine I would like a lot of Bowie albums. Good beats, interesting turns and his voice making it feel familiar and exciting. 6.5/10
I was surprised how much I liked this one, given how late into his career it was. The songs started to sound a little samey towards the end, but otherwise it was good.
Actually really liked the album Suprised he didn’t change too much even in 2013 Where are we now: 5 years X creep Valentine’s Day: crazy guitar solo loved it I’d rather be high: hilarious name plus nice drumming
Very pleasant surprised by this one. In fact, I’ll dare say I kind of loved it. There’s energy and interesting ideas from start to finish and things sound like songs to my ears instead of experiments. Also, it straight up sounds like a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds record at times. “My father ran the prison. I can only love you by hating him more.” C’mon, that’s gotta be a Nick Cave lyric! Well, it’s Bowie’s here and it closes the album. Which is another thing I really appreciated; I think the back half is just as good as the front. “(You Will) Set the World on Fire” is a pretty great track for the 12th one on an album. Solid. Let’s roll.
bowie was one of the few to make consistently interesting rock music that pushed the edges musically and lyrically without being a massive bore
In the context of Bowie's career at this point, it's an incredible album. It was widely believed that he was more or less retired. His release of a full album of new material was considered a bit of a surprise. The fact that it's full of bangers was nothing short of a miracle. That being said, divorced of its context, I think this album is merely very, very good. It's not nearly as good as Black Star, nor is it anywhere as good as a lot of his earlier triumphs. But it's still a Bowie album that's not Don't Let Me Down.
Another artist where I'm more familiar with their singles than their albums. And other than listening to Blackstar once, I don't really have any experience with Bowie's more recent work. Really enjoyed this album, especially the beginning and ending tracks.
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? 🤔
It's okay. Doesn't have many catchy numbers, or the musical interest of blackstar
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.
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).
One of Bowie's better later works. Getting back on track after a frankly dismal couple of decades.
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
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.
This not my jam.
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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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.
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.
Bowie's first album in a decade, produced again by Tony Visconti. Solid, not insanely good but solid. (5/10) FT: The Stars and You Feel So Lonely You Could Die, Next Day
Average for Bowie
Probably my favourite of the Bowie albums we've had so far. Enjoyed it.
Never head this one before. Seems good. Really need to get to know it better. 3/5
I don't hate it.
Favorite song: Valentine's Day. At first I wasn't sure if I was liking the album, but it grew on me as I listened.
Just ok. There was nothing great about this , nothing bad either.
Bowie's entree to his phenomenal Blackstar
Seems like pretty stand Bowie to me. Impressive considering his age/stage in his career but not massively appealing if you’re not a big fan.
Not a Bowie fan, very repetitive, but I respect his work
Bowie seems to be hit or miss. This was a miss for me, but the album was still decent.
Certainly not my favorite David Bowie album, but it's definitely listenable
Some good songs black star was a better later Bowie album imo
It's Bowie, so it isn't crap, but it's also very much an album produced by a man who's muse left him a long time ago
It's David Bowie so it's not bad, however this feels like some of his weakest work I've heard yet. Feels like it's a soundtrack to a movie and I'm missing half the plot.
Not reallyMy thing
This is a solid album. I love that Bowie had everyone convinced that he'd retired from music when he released it. 66 years old and he still had it going on.
I mean, it's a solid album, but nothing groundbreaking. 3/5
pretty good.. interesting album cover... with the edited Heroes album cover 2.5 for me but I'll round up to 3
Yet another late-career Bowie album I just can’t wrap my mind around… Bowie’s singing is amazing on this record, but the arrangements just feel kind of tacky. I don’t know. I’ll figure it out one day.
The songs are well written and have some interesting sentiments, but I can’t get over the old man vocals. I think I enjoyed his older records because of the emotion and energy his vocals brought, but that has all turned to a calmer delivery with age. 5/10
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i jus dont rly like david bowie man
The context of this album was incredible. A surprise launch after years of silence from one of the all time greats. This is a good album but if it wasn’t Bowie and out of the blue would people listen to it over and over? I suspect not.
I'm having a hard time keeping track of all the Bowie albums especially relative to one another.
Standard Bowie, which almost comes across as too predictable in a vacuum. Almost. But it was still pretty good stuff.
This was fine.
A David Bowie quite in a good shape but the following "Black Star" is slightly better and for the British genious this record is quite forgettable. But this means that this album remains undoubtably good.
I love David Bowie. I realized that he takes a while to grow on me though. It definitely sounds like Bowie. Nothing stood out as amazing, but it all sounded like Bowie. Listened to it three times. Maybe just not for me or maybe it just needs some more time to simmer
Really didn't expect the first Davie Bowie album up to be less than 10 years old...
Good record for his later period, but still much prefer earlier stuff.
Doesn't quite live up 70's Bowie, but everything the man touches is a work of art.
This definitely felt like a David Bowie album. It wasn’t as memorable as his classic stuff but it was still an alright listen. Moments stuck out to me but not entire songs really except the last one which stuck out as not good.
Late career Bowie, all quite second- or third-rate stuff. The lyrics are crap and the Thin Grey Duke is blowing on the uptempo numbers. Never been a big fan of Earl Slick's guitar scrawl neither. Ho hum. It's just interesting and arty enough to scrap and grapple its way to three stars.
Quite a stripped down guitar album, more than I was expecting at the time. His voice was showing some age, but still lots of variety
Meh....not a huge Bowie fan.....
Let's be honest. Every Bowie album is at the very least good. Most are great to exceptional, which explains why he has so many on this list. But The Next Day is one one that doesn't merit consideration. I for one would replace it with Bowie's own Let's Dance, and it turns out this was indeed an album that was excluded from a later edition of the list. Again, this is a good album. It's just not upper echelon Bowie and is a bit overrated.
Some good tunes but not my favorite from Bowie.
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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I love Bowie, but this did nothing for me.
This is my first David Bowie album, and I didn't find it to my taste. Maybe I will prefer other albums, who knows.
What the actual fuck. There are eight David Bowie albums currently on the list, and this isn't one of them, but why was it ever on the list? Even before it was put in context as a speed bump on the road to Blackstar, this was already being viewed as a middling effort from Bowie; an awkward, bumbling step back into music after over a decade absence. Furthermore, there are a number of Bowie albums not on the list that should have been on before considering this one - The Man Who Sold the World, Diamond Dogs, Lodger, Outside, Earthling, and Heathen are all significantly better albums than this. Hell, I'd say Space Oddity, Scary Monsters, and Reality were all better than this too, and those were all pretty hit or miss. I'm a huge Bowie fan, and this was a terrible inclusion and is a mediocre album.
While I'm not surprised to see a Bowie album crop up, I *am* surprised that it's an album from 2013. Sadly, this album feels like the work of an aging artist who's lost his edge. There wasn't a song on this album that caught my ear, and I have to imagine that there are at least 1001 albums out there better than this one. The fact that it's Bowie doesn't automatically mean it belongs on the list.
Average music, whiny voice. Could be removed to make way for something that made an impact. Unexceptional in 2013, unexceptional now.
Coolio - a nostalgic album for me...
Mid and eh
David Bowie is without a doubt a legendary artist and he should be in the list of 1001 best albums. Not sure if this is the album that should be in here.. The production is great, the songs are not. They don’t get to me.
Our 7th Bowie album! 2.8/5
this is a boring rock album. i do not like it. it is very average 5/10
Because I'm familiar with Bowie's great albums, this is very much a dissappointment. There's nothing special or moving about this. I hold Bowie to higher standards than I would any other artist, so I'd expect better from him. I'm glad blackstar was so much better than this, what an awful thing it would be if this had ended up being Bowie's last studio album.
Im sorry but new millennium Bowie isn’t great
A few good songs, but nothing particularly noteworthy. Confused how thisade the list.
I understand why people love Bowie and I'm glad to have listened to his last two albums because of this challenge. However this just isn't my style of music. I like some of his bigger well known hits but this album i didn't like how his voice sounds or was recorded. Sorry Bowie fans.
I love the cover concept. That's fun. And I want to love this album, but it doesn't pull me in at all. This feels like some talented people fucking around in a studio, seeing what they come up with. This doesn't feel like recorded a ton and the cut it down to the gold. I'd rather listen to this than Slipknot, though, that much I've learned.
Just can't get into Bowie
Not my vibe. Didn’t like
This is the worst Bowie album I’ve heard
Didn't care for it.