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Blackstar

David Bowie

2016

Blackstar

Album Summary

Blackstar (stylised as ★) is the 26th and final studio album by English musician David Bowie. It was released worldwide on 8 January 2016, coinciding with Bowie's 69th birthday, through his ISO label, Columbia Records and Sony Music. The album was primarily recorded in secret between the Magic Shop and Human Worldwide Studios in New York City with Bowie's longtime co-producer Tony Visconti and a group of local jazz musicians: saxophonist Donny McCaslin, pianist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Mark Guiliana; guitarist Ben Monder joined the ensemble for the final sessions, while James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem contributed percussion. The album is more experimental than its predecessor The Next Day, combining art rock with different styles of jazz. For the album, Bowie took inspiration from electronic groups such as Boards of Canada as well as hip hop artists such as Kendrick Lamar and Death Grips. The album contains re-recorded versions of two songs, "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" and "'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore", both of which were originally released in 2014. It was preceded by the singles "Blackstar" and "Lazarus", both of which were supported by music videos. The album cover, designed by Jonathan Barnbrook, features a large black star with five star segments at the bottom that spell out the word "Bowie". Two days after its release, Bowie died of liver cancer; his illness had not been revealed to the public until then. Visconti described the album as Bowie's intended swan song and a "parting gift" for his fans before his death. Upon release, the album was met with critical acclaim and commercial success, topping charts in a number of countries in the wake of Bowie's death and becoming Bowie's only album to top the US Billboard 200. The album remained at the number-one position on the UK Albums Chart for three weeks. It was the fifth-best-selling album of the year, worldwide. It has since been certified Gold and Platinum in the US and the UK, respectively. At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, the album won awards for Best Alternative Music Album, Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best Recording Package, with the title track winning for Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song. The album was also awarded the British Album of the Year at the 2017 Brit Awards. It was listed as one of the best albums of 2016 and later the 2010s decade by numerous publications. In the years following his death, commentators have named Blackstar one of Bowie's greatest albums, and was included in the 2018 edition of Robert Dimery's book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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3.55

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4437

Genres

  • Rock
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5

What is there to say about this project? It's one of the best swansongs in popular music, and is a personal favorite on top of being my de facto introduction to Bowie qua Bowie (the absolute introduction was the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack, but that was Ziggy). It's jazzy without being incomprehensible, but also avoids going pop: This thing is incredibly depressing. Repeated listens have only revealed more depth. As a musical idea, it's probably slightly less than perfect. I believe, though, that it's better as an album for it: It's only fitting that Bowie went out stretching a bit. And while we're talking about perfection, Lazarus is without question a perfect song.

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5

Zero bad tracks - Lazarus and I Can't Give Everything Away are tops

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5

What a legacy from a genius artist... the atmosphere of this album is haunting but beautiful!

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5

A haunting vision of mortality. This is one of those albums that gets better and better with repeated listens. Best track: I Can't Give Everything Away

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Lots of artists talk about death. None have presented their journey, emotions, or physical experiences, as honestly and vividly as Bowie did while the horizon approached ever closer.

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5

Less a swan song and more a swan opera. But it's not maudlin. It's reflective of a life being one of the defining voices in both the art and music of the 20th century. It's a man coming to terms with his legacy. A star slowly fading but still there in the sky, glimmering. You can't quite see it. But it's in heaven. It can be a hard listen, but an important one.

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5

Qué brutalidad de disco. Qué brutalidad el momento en que se estrenó. Nunca he sido mucho de comprender las letras de las canciones y acá no va a ser la excepción pero qué brutalidad la de David Bowie. Hasta las palabras tienen melodía. Qué brutalidad los brasses y las percusiones. Los poquititos riffs bien selectos. Qué pinche discazo. Brutal.

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5

Bowie has a perfect score with me so far with the albums that have appeared. His last album is as daring and creative as his many others, and it without a doubt cements him as the greatest solo musician in popular music of all time. Creative genius. It is tough to separate the spooky vibe of the album from his death shortly after its release. And because of that, we inherently must praise this album as it carries with it a tribute to all that made Bowie a legend.

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5

Awesome album, and the context around is next level. Releasing a track called Lazarus with lyrics like "Look at me, I'm in heaven", on an album released 2 days before you die? Very meta.

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5

It’s rare to find an artist that is consistently making incredible and forward thinking music this far in their career. With David Bowie’s last album, he once again reinvents himself and comes back with an album that is musically interesting and lyrically mysterious. His death in the wake of this album release may have given context to the lyrics, but this album stands on its own.

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5

This is one of the best albums I've ever heard. I'll never forget the first time I listened to it. A song or two were released prior to Bowie's death, but when the album came out, Bowie had just died or died within days of it. The album is as perfect a mix of who Bowie is than any record I've heard from him. Brilliant musical pieces with depth and lyrics that haunt me to this day. A beautiful, tragic, and complete album that delivers beyond the music and lyrics. I can't say enough about this album.

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5

“And the clock walts so patiently on your song” Listening to him sing Lazarus is so sad. We love Bowie and he made this album for us on his deathbed. I've been trying to learn Bowie's "Soul Love" on guitar recently so I have been listening to it on Spotify. It has only half the number of plays that the song Deathstar does. If I could put my objective hat on, I would question if Bowie fans really don't like Soul Love as much. But I can't get my objective hat on today; it just doesn't fit. Rather than spending his last 6 months with his loved ones he spent the time making an album for us.

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5

Where do I start with this wonderful parting gift Bowie left us with? What a wonderful fusion of modern electronic, rock, and jazz. How wonderful to hear wind instruments in contemporary pop. How great to listen to lyrics that aren’t afraid of non political correctness yet are also meaningful. Truly original and creative, and probably the best album of its decade. Blackstar the song is easily the best of its decade. Thank you, Bowie. I miss you

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5

I walked into this one blind with the preconceived notion that it's impossibly overrated due to the fact that Bowie shuffled off his mortal coil just days after it was released. Obviously Bowie knew he was dying as he was making this, and many made a big deal about the "Look up here, I'm in heaven" line that opens "Lazarus". And realizing that the opening title track was close to ten minutes long didn't help create any excitement for me as I dove in. I was elated to find out all of this album's praise is well-deserved, and I ended up listening to the entire album in its entirety multiple times. As far as Swan Songs go, it's not quite Abbey Road, but it's a perfect send off for Bowie and right up there with Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust as his best albums. It's a beautiful and haunting - and yet somewhat not depressing - final bow. I'm not crazy about the album cover. It would have been poetic to instead have that final photo ever taken of Bowie, the one his wife Iman took of him smiling and holding a cigarette.

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4

David Bowie delivers again, this was utterly haunting and danced around into at times what felt like 11 different genres. Just experiment after experiment, with every track bringing something unique and I really appreciated it all. RIP Bowie.

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Enjoyed Blackstar, Lazarus and Dollar Days. Found some of the other songs a little less enjoyable. It is Bowie so I came into the listen knowing that there were going to be some quirkiness. Probably should be on the list because of influence and last album.

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Nope. I never got the whole Bowie thing. I find most of his stuff dreary and droning. I quite literally fell asleep trying to listen to this. There are some interesting song ideas here, I guess, but then Bowie drones all over them. I still don't get the Bowie thing.

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5

Cancer, very sad.

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5

bowie é bom, precisamos ouvir mais. always.

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5

Not new to me. Posthumously released, super moody. Bowie’s voice is beautiful and haunting.

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5

Amazing. It sounds so sad. I will listen to this one again.

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5

Listened to this album a lot. Instant classic. "I was looking for your ass" 5 stars

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Favorites: All David Bowie's last album before his death. He wanted to get as far away from rock and roll as he could, citing Kendrick Lamar's approach to the genre of hip hop on TPAB as inspiration. Features a mix of various styles of jazz, art rock, and experimental rock. Themes of a man wrestling with his mortality, as he made this album while in the final stages of his battle with liver cancer.

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5

I find this to be an exceptionally bold and daring album for being so late in his career. Perhaps this was partially fueled by his awareness of his own mortality at that point. The album is of course irrevocably tied to his death and one cannot help but hear him grappling with his knowledge of this throughout. I remember when first listening to this album upon it's release, it was quite an emotional experience with that in mind. A rare album where an artist was able to lucidly capture this very real sense of mortality and make it sound somehow fresh and vital. Bowie made his life into art from beginning to end.

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Production: 16/20 Songwriting: 18/20 Innovation: 19/20 Presence of pure bangers: 15/20 Emotional response: 17/20 =85 Anything between 80 and 100 is five stars.

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Excellent even in his dying days.

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I hadn't listened to this since it was released. Great to relisten. It's absolutely fantastic, otherworldly and strange - pure Bowie. And, with some distance from the context surrounding it, namely Bowie's death, one can better appreciate it as a fine album in it's own right, regardless of it being his swansong.

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5

Such a cool album

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5

Fantastic album. Bowie was experimenting and keeping his sound fresh and relevant to the very end.

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4.5 | Bowie sacó alrededor de 25 discos... Creo que debo de haber escuchado al menos 15-18 de ellos. Si considerara Blackstar en un vacío comparado con el resto estaría quizá entre el 7-10, cuando lo tomo en cuenta como el último disco que hizo y todas lo que le rodeó en su creación lo considero en top 3. En conocimiento de básicamente una sentencia de muerte sacó un disco que en mi sentir nos trae de vuelta en circulo al inicio de su carrera y celebra en un último grito todo lo que lo hizo ser lo que fue. En una nube de jazz y sonidos electrónicos con guitarras meramente setenteras en su sonido hizo un disco que nos recuerda de fin su capacidad de hacer narrativas. En sus letras sin dar ni un centímetro a ceder es un confesionario sobre sus sentimientos de miedo, muerte, la naturaleza de la vida y tanto una celebración como resignación del vacío que tiene enfrente, es tanto una celebración de cumpleaños como un grito de no tener nada que perder. Todo esto en solo 40 minutos y 7 canciones, con una épica de 9 minutos dividida en dos secciones que de manera cruda cruda recuerda “Something happened on the day he died/ Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside/ Somebody else took his place and bravely cried/ I’m a blackstar, I’m a blackstar”; el tiempo y el resultado será inevitable pero el seguirá cambiando, es una nueva estrella. Me encanta como juega con su voz como si festejara lo más Bowie de lo Bowie y hasta se hiciera una sátira propia de las inflexiones que usó por años exagerando al decir "I´m a Blackstar" o "'Tis a pity she was a whore". A todo esto ¿por qué aunque lo marco así, no le pondría el 5? Porque siento que si alguien lo escucha en blanco y no conoce el contexto detrás se pierde mucho de lo que lo hace un disco magnífico y con un trasfondo cabrón, quedándose "solo" como un excelente disco de David Bowie.

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5

A magnificent album, modern, forward-thinking, deep. Long live Bowie.

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5

Love the first track

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5

Pretty awesome album my attention was on most of the songs

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5

Loved this! Bowie is the best.

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5

Schon sher

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5

Classic

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5

Bowie's last is one of his best

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5

Marvellous!!

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5

fantastic album

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5

Very intense but magnificent

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5

Particularly haunting now, knowing he was creating This while dying.

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5

Ottimo testamento.

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5

Great album! It has kind of a synth noir vibe. Horns are layered with atmospheric strings along with spacey samples. There are the occasional heavy guitar riffs to remind us Bowie is rock royalty. And holy crap was that a trap beat on "Girl Loves Me?"

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5

Really experimental, but really great. I loved this album, probably my favorite of Bowie’s that I’ve heard so far

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5

Haunting.

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5

Giuliana is crazy man

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5

Bowie's final masterpiece.

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5

fantastic

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5

Bruh this a classic 10/10

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5

Tremendo, todas son obras maestras menos una. 5 estrellas porque no hay 4.5

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5

One he'll of a ride. Instrumentation is doing the heavy lifting here, so tight and and the perfect platform for Bowie to go off. Some album to bow out on

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5

Love the music. Music composition rules were beautifully broken. David Bowie's voice irks me.

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5

Love this album. Listened to quite a bit of Bowie recently and this absolutely lives up to his best. I love the variation from track to track. The album never fails to surprise and delight. Fav track is probably Girl Loves Me.

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5

Very dark. Some outrageous drumming on this.

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5

Brilliant album. An incredible end to an incredible career

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5

Not always the easiest of listens, but fantastic all the same.

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5

First full listen to a Bowie album and not disappointed, absolutely iconic

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5

Never really listened to Bovie before, thought I didn't care for it

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Woah. Harter Stoff, gerade für Freunde Polnischer Abgänge - wie mich - wenn jemand sehenden Auges sein eigenes Sterben vertont. Und dann natürlich alles andere als irgendjemand. So gleitet es dann direkt schon im ersten Song dahin, vom stotternd dissonant gequält kämpfenden ins paradiesisch jenseitige, wenn der Stern erloschen ist. Immer noch da natürlich, massiver denn je und mit mächtiger Gravitation - aber dunkel, unbelebt, nicht mehr leuchtend. Bis dahin aber gibt es noch jenseitiges abzuarbeiten, hektisch wie in „Sue“, aber auch alles zu geben - was schlicht - I can’t give everything away - nicht mehr geht und mich gerade derart melancholisch stimmt, meine Güte. Vorwärts immer, rückwärts nimmer. Dem Universum ist das alles egal. Vielen Dank, für alles.

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Masterpiece it’s Bowie final album what else can I say

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5

Hauntingly beautiful. My personal favorite Bowie album. R.I.P.

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5

This makes me so sad

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5

Controlled Chaos

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5

Fucking masterful.

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5

jazzy and eclectic. RIP

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5

Brilliant! Sounds so experimental and calm like acceptance of inevitability.

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5

I'm not sure if this is my favorite Bowie album. But it's up there, especially since he has one of the best discography's or any musician ever. This album fucks my week up, let alone my day. Bowie knew he was going, and I think he really put it into this one man.

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5

Excelente

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5

Insanely powerful and dense album. I get chills at the line in Girl Loves Me when he says "Where the fuck did Monday go?" I know he couldn't have known when he wrote that lyric but he died on a Sunday so he literally didn't experience that Monday.

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I mean, 5 for sure. Really good album punctuated by the fact it was his last.

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9/10. Quite good, but hard to justify putting another Bowie album on this list…

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One of my favourite albums of all time. Exceptionally moving as he died upon its release and knew he was not long for this world upon its recording.

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Great Album, Lazarus is the best song.

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Just a legendary swan song from a true icon.

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5

One of my favorite albums before listening to it now. Stellar singing and use of the music. Could listen to it every day.

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5

Great ambient music for a party

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5

the greatest farewell album of all time

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Awesome

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5

Hin fullkomna sálumessa. Elska allt við þessa plötu.

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“Bowie will live on long after the man has died. For now, though, he's making the most of his latest reawakening, adding to the myth while the myth is his to hold.”

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Ik ben geen enorm grote Bowie fan, maar dit album is werkelijk prachtig. Zal mede komen door de lading van zijn aanstaande dood, tijdens het maken van deze plaat. Muziekaal zit het ook fantastisch in elkaar.

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5

Total masterpiece

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An amazing final album from one of the greatest of our time.

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I can't fathom putting out something as powerful ,and beautiful before I died. Truly a testament to his mastery of song.

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5

What a lovely surprise, I loooooove this album. Love the jazz elements. Bowie’s vocals are raw. The instruments are all perfect. The title track, Tis a Pitty, Lazarus, Sue, and Dollar Days are all highlights (so basically the whole album is a highlight lol), but my absolute favorite is the closing track I Can’t Give Everything Away.

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5

Ce n’est pas le plus accessible des albums de David Bowie, mais quand tu connais tout le contexte autour de cet album, ça en fait un excellent album. Après 25 album, David Bowie cherche encore à se réinventer et trouve l’influence dans des artistes contemporains comme Boards of Canada et Kendrick Lamar. C’est d’ailleurs l’album To Pimp a Butterfly qui l’amène à vouloir collaborer avec des artistes jazz. Après, quand l’album sort le jour de son 69e anniversaire et qu’on apprend le décès de Bowie deux jour plus tard d’une maladie qu’il avait caché, on réécoute l’album et les textes prennent toutes une signification. Toute la planification de cet album en fait selon moi le plus grand dernier album d’un artiste.

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5

Cet album est merveilleux.

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Tout simplement magistral!! Un chef d'oeuvre! Le band est malade, les tounes sont épiques! Un peu mon introduction à Bowie, je connaissais bien sûr mais c'est le seul que j'ai en vinyle. C'est dark, c'est touchant. Avec son décès qui a coïncidé avec la sortie de l'album, c'était irréel. On aurait cru à une mise en scène. Un immense artiste, un immense album! Si on pouvait mettre plus d'étoiles que 5 je le ferais.

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5

This is a six star album

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I love this. Great album. Amazing until the end, just like Bowie

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5

Even if only on an intellectual level, you have to admire the boldness of the album. Mixing modern hip-hop with art rock and experimental jazz is impressive for any artist, let alone one in their 60s. But the emotion carries it as well, with the final track in particular hitting home deeply.

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5

Incredible experiment, David. Blackstar = TPAB (To Pimp A Bowie).

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5

A genre-bending swan song that is the perfect send-off to this man’s legacy.

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5

The word "genius" is thrown around too easily in music, but there's no other word to describe Bowie. This is dying as performance art. Should we have expected anything less from him? Not only that, but how many musicians are still transforming themselves on their 26th (!) album? Every track is brilliant and all the more deeper for the fact that he knew he was dying (although a few of them predate his cancer diagnosis). The song "Blackstar" is haunting - the 10 minute video is worth watching - disturbing and cool at the same time. "'Tis a Pity She was a Whore" - frenetic jazz over a driving bass line (that makes me think of "The Talking Drum" by King Crimson every time). "Lazarus" - this was the first one I heard off the album, seeing the video just after he died. Watching/listening to him sing "Look up here, I'm in heaven" was eerie (and still is). Again, death as performance art. "Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)" - the lyrics are a fun (?) descent into darkness. Almost like Poe - it also reminds me of some of the music on his album Outside (one of my favorites). "Girl Loves Me" - love the lyrics using words from A Clockwork Orange. Just another incredibly cool track (like all of them - let's also take a moment to acknowledge how awesome his band is on this album - also, how powerful is his singing on this album??). "Dollar Days" - this one is really tough to listen to, knowing that he was dying - the line "I'm dying to..." meant to be heard as "I'm dying, too." Is it a wail of despair or a cry of effort to make his last statement? Plus, that ending is so majestic with the combination of the sax solo, guitar line, and Bowie repeating "I'm trying to, I'm dying to." Man. Finally, "I Can't Give Everything Away" is just a beautiful ending to an amazing album and life. RIP genius and thanks for this beautiful, dark coda.

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5

This album is still hard to listen too, even six years after Bowie's death. His death hit me hardest out of all of the musician's that we've lost these past few years. It's hard to fathom knowing that you're going to die soon and turning that death into a work of art. He did it brilliantly though. I don't know if I'd say it is his best album but it is way up there and one Blackstar is worth 5 stars here. Favorite tracks: All of them!

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5

What a beautiful, desolate album. That last song "I Can't Give Everything Away" just floors me every time I hear it. I don't know why Bowie's passing hit me so hard. Freddie Mercury's dying was more of a shock to me, but when Bowie died, it just... I went numb. And I cannot imagine recording this, while he could probably feel the life draining away. I will say there a few songs on here are a little iffy: Girl Loves Me and Dollar Days are a bit... hmmmm, but I do like the instrumentation of all the songs on this album, the sax coming back so much after so long. The harmonica on the last song, wow. I can only play this album every so often as it chokes me up a little. But it's hard to separate the album from the man and his death. As a piece of art, it has so many strong songs, but those few weak songs do kinda bring it down a little. Is it his best work? I would say no, but it's definitely in his top 5 easily.

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5

Excellent album. Last album before he died.

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5

The muse was strong with this one. A fine finale to the life of an artist and showman- what an exit, passing away just a few days after the album’s release, keeping his illness a secret. And no falling back on the obvious or retrodden - still pushing himself, still taking inspiration from others, making something ethereal, haunting, with inspiration from jazz, hip hop, electronica, cabaret yet none of these things either. A swan song, a statement, a Starman.

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5

I would give David Bowie’s last album 5 stars if he had spent an hour playing the Benny Hill theme on a comb and TP kazoo. But in fact this is very good, though not easy. I think it stands on its own, aside from its context in Bowie’s life, in a rightful place alongside his best.

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5

FIVE (black) STARS An all-time classic, given *who* it was from, *when* it was given to us, and *how* Bowie managed to here create a last album with very topical, "à propos" lines, incredibly dark and intricate jazzy or experimental arrangements serving a deeply mysterious yet also quite emotional songwriting overall. A treat from start to finish. As is usually the case with those five-stars albums, I won't write a full-blown review about this particular record, because others have already written wonderful stuff about it and there's not much I can add that I feel could be relevant and interesting. It's just a gem. Go and listen to it a.s.a.p. Number of albums left to review or just listen to:  more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a half so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter

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5

Oooooh, su último disco.

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5

Black Star is the most perfect requiem ever written. David Bowie knew he was dying and injected that last months of soul searching and reflection into this album. It was heart wrenching to listen to its for the first time a feq days after he had passed away. I one way it felt ghoulish but for the most part it was a fitting tribute and parting gift from an artist that has meant so much to me.

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5

What a swan song

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Bowie's 26th and final studio album. There has been a lot written on the songs and their meaning pertaining to his impending death. It is pretty clear that a number of them are written addressing exactly that, especially given the timing of the album's release and his death two days later. This album was recorded in NYC with a jazz quartet. As opposed to telling a bunch of studio rock musicians to try and play jazz, this was the opposite, have a jazz quartet play like rock band. Well, I think this is sort of true; they still sound very much like jazz but is one the reasons it has a very unique and great sound. The more you listen to this album, the sadder it kind of becomes but the more you appeciate the orchestrated final act of Bowie. Every song kind of has a majestic feel to it; Bowie's voice with a complex and improvised jazz backing. "Blackstar" has a unique percussion, sounds more like an orchestra and makes allusions to his impending death. Similarly, the lyrics in "Lazarus" stress how one day soon he'll be free and in "Dollar Days" how he'll never get to see the English evergreens hell try to get to. Maybe, my favorite song for the music is "I Can't Give Everything Away" with its improvised jazz. There are so many great last albums for artists to say this is the best but it ranks up there and I don't know if there is one that so specifically conveys it is the swan song.

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5

I knew and liked this album a lot already, but every time I listen I pick up more. There’s a lot of depth and much to explore on his album. It is extraordinary that one of the most unique and inventive works of a unique and inventive artist’s career was created during his 68th and last year on earth. Bowie left us with a self-created tribute to an incredible career that still feels like it has come from the future. It’s startling and wonderful!

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5

Sophisticated and stunning. A remarkable swan song.

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5

Other than those super hits of the 70-80s, I don’t think that I know much of David Bowie’s work. This album was quite intriguing…quite different than the Bowie rock with which I am familiar. The tone was kind of dark and peculiar to me, but it did draw me in for the full length.

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14th May 2022 Listened in the supermarket before a super chilled weekend on my own. Loved it. What an outstanding piece of art. To be so comfortable with your own mortality that you make and release this when you know you’re on the brink is remarkable. People will study it in years to come.

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10/10, I’m so glad David Bowie left on such a great album I mean it’s David Bowie, it can’t be that bad anyway but this album has such amazing songs I think it’s such a great album to leave the world with all the songs are amazing one way or another but I think my favorite is Girl Loves Me because of just how fucking weird it is The beat is great and those vocals are just beyond wild, it sounds so cool Bowie’s such a cool genius who left the world with some of the coolest music ever made

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5

RIP Bowie

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5

Hard to say what impact his death had on my perception of this album but this album hits hard.

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5

Es una genialidad de álbum. Todos los instrumentos y la voz en conjunto suenan delicioso.

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5

The title track sums up David Bowie immensely. A chameleon. It’s a slow lanscapey synth number - with drum and bass backing. And saxophone. And it’s 9 minutes long. And totally changes half way through. I’m not a massive fan of Bowies voice - but even so - I LOVE the music . It’s so wonderfully brilliantly bizarre. What did I just listen to?! Lazarus is a BEAUTIFUL song. On another note, a lot of people say that Trent Reznor must have been inspired by Black Star when writing EP Bad Witch - now I’ve listened to it - too right!!!

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5

unique, eclectic, partially grimly, excellent

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There is something powerful about an artist's last record - especially when it is released so close to their final moments. This album is no exception. I really really liked this. Bowie is an artist.

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4

hmm

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Very subdued mellow scary dark sullen room vibes; nice progression from beginning to end

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Bowie's last album as he faces death. He put his parting thoughts into the imagery.

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Have always loved this album. Sad and some of it haunting.

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A fitting final album for Bowie.

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Need to get into more Bowie

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Ich hatte mich davor gedrückt, auch weil ich den Titelsong schwach fand. Eine Bowie-Platte…Je mehr ich ihn höre, desto mehr gewinne ich den Eindruck, dass auch hier wieder das Werk etwas hinter dem Mythos zurücksteht. Musste ich zweimal hören, um überhaupt so etwas wie ein Urteil bilden zu können. 4 Sterne.

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3/5 jord 4/5 rob

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Que buen trip mantenía a sus 69 años, pensé que había cambiado de canción y de repente te das cuenta de que es la segunda parte de la primer rola. En cada una de las rolas se nota la madurez y coherencia aunque sea experimental.

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4

Surprisingly experimental in some songs, considering this was his last album. Blackstar is a masterpiece. Lazarus is my 2nd favorite but a bit more straight-forward, I do like the transition around the lyrics "By the time I got to New York". Girl Loves Me is good too. Sue is the only track I feel isn't as good as the rest of them, the guitar just feels a bit cheesy, like it's trying to be heavy but it falls flat for me. But, for the real gems on this album, it pushes it up to 4.

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Gosto muito pelo conceito e pelo que cerca o album musicalmente eu nao acho tudo isso

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I never listened to this when it came out. It's super interesting.

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Looking forward to the follow up from him

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Estranho, o melho tipo de estranho

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eccentric!

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Bowie is a classic, this one is a bit more transcendent and a bit morose than previous albums.

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It’s weird that it’s been five years already. I’ve never really listened to this one, so far it’s melancholic but 100% Bowie. He knew he was close to the end.

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trippy, outside expectations even for bowie

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Como todo lo que he escuchado de Bowie, me costó trabajo al inicio y la primera impresión cuando salió no fue la mejor. Ahora retomarlo con más paciencia ayudó. Si quizá no me encantan todas las canciones, adoro los arreglos de los metales durante todo el disco y los momentos en que se nota un Bowie frágil. En efecto, no verá los árboles a los que corría. Songs: Dollar Days, Blackstar, Lazarus

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Final Bowie. Ethereal, mournful Bowie. Cryptic and theatrical Bowie. 😢 Fave track - "'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore"

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Supongo que está muy perro pero supera mi entendimiento, no puedo más que 4 para ser honesto.

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4

Not as good as some of the other Bowie stuff, but I liked it.

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4

Great, unusual album. The title song Blackstar is my favorite.

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4

Bit trippy with the first track being almost 10 minutes. Some good vibes.

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Good, but not entirely my vibe

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8/10

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false

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Aa

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Started off hating this album, but it really grew on me. If I eliminate the pretentious, overly artsy first track, it's a great album.

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Bowi's final album is fantastic. RIP Jazzy and eclectic.

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I really like this album. 1st song is ace. Rest of the album is good.

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this is actually really good. Also insane that it was released less than a year before his death, especially because a "blackstar" is a star that is collapsing infinitely into oblivion. Bowie certainly meant this to be his "parting gift" to music, but i doubt he thought it would come that soon.

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Confesso que eu conhecia muito pouco de David Bowie antes de ouvir esse disco. Esperava um pouco mais pelo nome que ele tem, mas é um disco bom nonetheless. Me fez querer procurar mais músicas dele depois disso, e as principais realmente são mto boas.

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Heard quite a bit of Bowie on this project so far and enjoyed them all. This is the first one however that I have loved. Lyrically interesting and emotionally affecting as he stares down death in his idiosyncratic way.

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Bah comme prévu c'est très bien, 8/10 même 8.5. je suis content que ce projet me fasse finalement écouter cet album Fav (à part blackstar) : Lazarus La fin donne envie de pleurer sérieux, quelle masterclass, ça c'est un vrai 8.5.

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groovy!! much better than the other one. dark and snazzy sax and stuff and some cool vocal delivery

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-Solid album with some fun tracks -I liked "'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore," "Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)," "Girl Loves Me," and "I Can't Give Everything Away"

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4

It was good.

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Amazing stuff, not sure why this one didn't click with me when it first came out but it's just ridiculously well made. The drumming stands out, and the boldness with which he moves from style to style. It's one of those albums where the context is key to enjoying it fully, as almost every song speaks directly to his impending death. Took away one star as I found some of the lyrics a bit too obscure to gleam any meaning, even with some additional research on my part. But then again maybe I'm just slow.

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Iconic. Bowie is brilliant, that is all

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Thought it was going to be a 3 turned out to be a 4. Solid. Fav was "Lazarus"

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Really well polished album. The jazz bits blended nicely. Favorite album so far

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Very cool very swag I like

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Pretty consistent, good instrumentation and really well layered sounds. Watched the music videos to get an idea of what was going on - they're weird but enjoyable, which is how I'd describe the album.

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Very strange.

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Haunting and mystical. The music video for Blackstar is also definitely worth checking out.

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love the brass. last song is fantastic.

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Great album showing the creativity and versatility of Bowie.

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Im Angesicht des großen Gleichmachers flackert das Kerzenlicht, ficht einen verflucht aussichtslosen Kampf, widerstrebt seinem baldigen Erlöschen. Bowie weiß, er stirbt. Viel freier klang er in seiner Jugend auch nicht. Über die seit Jahrzehnten zelebrierten Experimentierfreude wirft er einen Umhang aus lichtundurchlässiger Mollton. Die Figuren darunter bleiben verhangen und klar erkennbar zugleich. Frechen Raben gleich schwirren Bläser umher, unaufhaltsam treibt der Bass über die alten Gleise, deren singende Dissonanz free-jazzig den monolithischen Schwermut einige kristalline Spitzen verpasst. Das muss alles noch raus, darf im Regal keinen Staub ansetzen, entschlossen und konsequent wird zusammengebaut, auf das kein Bogen, kein Block, kein Schräubchen übrig bleibt. Am Ende stehen dort seltsam schöne Skulpturen mit rauen Kanten und stoischer Unverrückbarkeit. Denkmäler, Grabsteine, Inschrift tragen sie alle, zeugen vom gelebten Leben, von Aus- und Erschöpfung 4.3

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A lot of the tracks on here give me the same vibe of The Mars Volta. Frantic rock and jazz. The horn player especially reminds me of Isaiah Owens from TMV (RIP). A fitting swan song, I think. Favorite tracks: "Lazarus", "Sue (In a Season of Crime)"

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Can do no wrong

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This is kind of a haunting record, especially knowing he passed away really close to when it was released.

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Прощальный альбом Боуи.

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Хороший, мне понравился, переслушал три раза. Круто играет Маккаслин на саксофоне. Я думал, что Боуи уже полумертвый на этом альбоме, но это все же еще один образ

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4.4 + I was waiting to be seated at a noodle counter in the Lower East Side one mild January afternoon when the news came through of David Bowie's passing. I had just listened to this album, his last communication with planet Earth. It's hard to decouple that moment when I listen to this album today but to me I can hear a sparkling star summoning all his remaining creative energy to eek out one last beautiful record. Placed within the context of his death, he confronts the end standing on his two feet. There's not an ounce of defeat. This record ranks among his best. What a testament to a rock 'n' roll life fully realized. RIP.

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It’s incredible that Bowie released this Swan Song when he was 69 yrs old and only days before he died from cancer. What a prolific genius he was. Wiki mentions the jazz influence but I don’t hear any, but it’s definitely his darkest and most experimental album.

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I bought this on iTunes when it came out just after his death but didn't listen to it much, or as closely as I should have. On the plus side, his voice wasa bit fraile but still better than the vast majority of young singer songwriters out there, and in general the song-writing is good. The 10-minute epic title track is a throw-back to his mid-seventies peak, as is Lazarus. There's great saxophone playing throughout - he would have sounded great with the pianist from Aladdin Sane! And his fans (us) can spend years deciphering the lyrics. As pointed out by my co-judge, some of the arrangements seem out of synch with the vocals, like they were recorded in separate places and times. I'm not too fond of Bowie dropping F-bombs - that's a gimmick for less talented types. The album has a (not surprisingly) gloomy feel and the production seemed muddy listening on my home stereo (but crisper with headphones). The final 2 tracks seem the most together, in terms of the arrangements. I'm glad 1001 re-introduced me to this.

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Unbeknownst to all but his inner circle, Bowie wrote and recorded Blackstar after receiving word that he had liver cancer. A close listen reveals how the album is littered with references to dying -- indeed, it concludes with a note of acceptance in "I Can't Give Everything Away" -- but Bowie's remarkable achievement with Blackstar is how it's an album about mortality that is utterly alive, even playful. Fittingly, the music itself is suspended in time, sometimes recalling the hard urban gloss of '70s Bowie, but also Roxy Music and sometimes evoking the drum'n'bass dabbling of the '90s incarnation of the Thin White Duke. Blackstar is not even close to being my favourite Bowie album, but it does close on a contemplative note, a sentiment that when combined with Bowie's passing lends the album a suggestion of finality that's peaceful, not haunting. Collapse ↑

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Not particularly my style, but there's definitely some weird and haunting appeal in the dissonance and eccentricity of the melodies and rhythms.

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Brilliant close out to this guys life. Died 2 days after the release.

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Some cool sounds not too shabby. 4/5

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Een muzikaal testament met een heel sombere ondertoon. in contrast daarmee zijn de vele saxofoon-melodieën

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Sombre, sad, grief, truth.

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Dwudziesty piaty studyjny album, ostatni z jakze bogatej dyskografii Bowiego, a przy tym szosty, a pewnie nie ostatni, na liscie pikowej, jak pisal jeden z wielkich wieszczy ulicy jakie zycie taki rap, to dobre okreslenie na ten album, dlatego ze ten ostatni numer Bowiego opowiada wlasnie o zyciu, a przede wszystkim o jego zakonczenu, bo to wlasnie przemijanie jest glownym motywem krazka, ktory jest swoistym pozegnaniem ze swiatem, bezposrednim bodzcem byla rakowa diagnoza, pan ktory od roku 2k03 wypuscil tylko jeden krazek dostaje info, ze umiera wiec naturalnym jest fakt, ze zrobi o tym plyte, ktora nadana jego personie jeszcze bardziej legendarna pozycje w dziejach muzyki, w 41 minutach i 7 kawalkach opowiada o lowach i hightach karierowych, gatunkowo ciezko okreslic ten album, bo jest to rock grany przez jazzmenow, dodatkowo wyczuwalne sa influencje muzyki elektronicznej, na plycie blackstarowej personie towarzyszy takze lider LCD Soundsystem James Murphy, a za produkcja stoi pan odpowiedzialny za polowe dyskografii Bowiego czyli Tony Visconti, chociaz prawie 70 letni pan Bowie praktycznie na lozu smierci, to nadal potrafi zaskoczyc wokalnie, chociaz najbardziej z plyty uderza autentycznosc, kawalki na pierwszy rzut oka wygladajace jak typowe popowe songi o dupie maryny potrafia przemycac watki autobigraficzne okraszone licznymi nawiazaniami zarowno do wczesniejszych projektow, elementow biblijnych, czy tez innych dziedzin sztuki, zwlaszcza traczek tis a pity that she was a whore nawiazujacy do sztuki o tej samej nazwie, sam projekt blackstarowy wydal rowniez sztuke zatytulowana Lazarus, nawiazujaca do filmu w ktorym mial okazje zagrac Bowie, a soundtrack z ktorego juz sie pojawil na tej liscie, wiec the man who fell to earth, do albumu zostaly wyprodukowane dwa teledyski pierwszy do traka tytulowego oraz do Lazarusa, ktory mozna nazwac punktem centralnym calej plyty, swego rodzaju labedzim songiem Bowiego, samo video pojawilo sie trzy dni przed jego smiercia, sama plyta dwa dni przed, chyba bardziej odpowiedniej daty wypuszczenia plyty nie mogl sobie wybrac, o ile rapowych przedsmiertnych albumow czy songow troche mozna naliczyc, to wydaje mi sie jednak, ze w muzyce popularnej takie albumy sa czyms o wiele rzadszym, bo nawet z wlasnej smierci zrobic dzielo sztuki tylko prawdziwy artysta moze sie popisac takim majstersztykiem tworczym, na plejce znajdzie sie miejsce na najdluzszy traczek plyty, tytulowego blackstara i moj ulubiony numer lazarusa z ostatnimi gitarkowymi akcentami spod reki Bowiego i wyjatkowym saksowym solo Donnego McCaslina, nie wiem ile z dwudziestu pieciu albumow sie pojawi na liscie, ale mam nadzieje, ze jeszcze bedzie mi dane sie dowiedziec

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October 28, 2021 A good listen and a tragic one.

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Bowie's epitaph. He bowed out on a strong album. Death hangs over this album and it can be hard work. Best Tracks: 'Tis a Pity She's a Whore; Lazarus; Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)

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A lot of the songs were interesting but the vocals bothered me and it wasn’t my vibe. Still a decent album. 7/10

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Trippy! 8

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8/10

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Very haunting

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Blackstar's title track was the first thing I heard obviously when this album first came out. I watched the behind the scenes doc on an airplane to Croatia and that's where I found a need to visit this album. On revisiting to the opening title track with headphones it really hits me just how much I miss songs written without a basic pop song structure.

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Such an eccentric album, very much like prime Peter Gabriel but... Bowified. Deep and dark, pleading, beseeching, sorrowful and sad. An edge not alien to Bowie's style, but slightly rougher and less carefully selected, more from the gut. Fearful. Magnificent.

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When Bowie passed away on January 10 2016, he left behind a legacy: a discography of truly great albums, an impact on the music industry only few have claimed, and a pretty large quality gap in his career. Some would argue that he hadn't put out a good album since the 80's. Others would affirm that, it didn't matter what he point out at this point, because his name now speaks for itself. Regardless, David Bowie was not the musical workhorse that he was in the 70's, and most of the world had pretty well made it up it's mind about Bowie. Not much else to be said. Turns out, though, that he left behind one other thing. A mere two days before his death, Bowie released Blackstar, impactful in it's cover art alone. This album...is something else. It's almost prophetic, let he knew he was dying and had one last great album in him. He reached deep, and pulled out the most introspective and dark album he could ever pull out of his soul. It's deep as hell. It's a lot. Musically, he's going above and beyond with these compositions. Songs play naturally through the movements and sour when they need to, adding an extra gut punch of what this album is really about: death. Everyone here is on their A-game, working to elevate the songs and work towards a great crescendo on Bowie's last album. Wow. This is David Bowie's last album, huh? God, what a thing. I think, for Bowie's swan song, this is exactly what it needs to be. I don't absolutely love it, but I don't have to. It speaks for itself. ★

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maddeningly good swan song of an album

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Cool album. Was familiar with it when it came out and Bowie died kinda shortly thereafter, so it got a popularity bump from that at the time. Definitely sounds like Bowie knew he was not going to be around for much longer as he was making this. His voice sounds like the voice of a movie/anime character that knows they are completing their last work(s) before they will expire. Lazarus is best song, but I really like the sax throughout the album.

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Bowie's 90's/00's albums are shite but this was a fine return to form and a near perfect send off

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Ya fue duro en su momento, porque salió a los dos días o poco más de fallecer Bowie, así que reescucharlo te pone los pelos de punta por crudo, por oscuro.

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Nice, there are still elements of his style.

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A little uneven but very strong opening and closing. I really enjoy the Crowley/satanic panic vibes of the opening track. Knowing that this was kind of recorded as a farewell makes me like it more. Probably closer to a 3.5 but I'll give it a 4.

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better than i remembered in context. 3.5

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good bowie, happy to hear newer stuff from him, he was still pretty relevant in 2016 which is crazy

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Hos best since the heydays

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This is incredible! How have I never listened to this before??

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The only Bowie album I've ever enjoyed. Excellent stuff.

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Muy buen álbum

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"When a man sees his black star, he knows his time...has come."

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When you know you've gotta go, you gotta go. Quite the way to go.

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Never listened to this before. Really good. Feel I will be coming back to this one again quite regularly.

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Very nice and unique sound. Probably won't listen to it again, but I respect it

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Released the weekend he died, as a swan song. Haunting title track.

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Bowie's last album. Seven tracks, four of which I like. (Blackstar, Lazarus, Dollar Days, I Can't Give Everything Away). It was published shortly before Bowie's death, and is about that very subject matter. The music is a mixture of pop/rock and jazz, and is at times quite ominous sounding. The album is well worth a listen. 4/5

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Heerlijke zware kost.

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Not really sure what to say about this one

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Lazarus was the best song on the album. Album reminds me of driving on a warm summer night with the radio low.

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I find this stunning though obviously its power was enhanced by the proximity of release to death of the artist. It's honest and uncontrived (which can't be said of all Bowie records) but also typically odd and off-kilter (as most Bowie records are). The pluses are the consistency of range and style and melancholia of both lyric and vocal. I expect this will be my favorite Bowie record.

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I remember when this came out, just before Bowie’s death. I kinda hear it at the time but didn’t pay much attention. I’m glad I have listened properly to it now. It probably holds an odd place in music history as he was clearly past his prime but still a great artist. I like it. But I’m a world of thousands of albums it’s hard to know where to put it. Also, I am only on day 3 of this project and have had 2 David Bowie albums!

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Very interesting sound, confidently put together

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The experimentation on this album is awesome and I really admire Bowie's ability to constantly evolve throughout his career and continue to take risks. The allusions to his death on the album also make it a memorable listen.

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Vaguely jazzy. Some solid tracks. Can see revisiting it a ton but glad I listened.

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Great album

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The mythos of this album is something otherworldly; the music is, too, but like much that is alien, it’s at times challenging to fully comprehend.

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This is special to me because of when and ho wit was released, two days before his death, like a gift for us all. Maybe not his most immediately memorable tunes, but the jazz guys playing rock, lush production and the lyrics imbued with depth and sense of mortality make this very special. A last loving note to us, his fans.

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A pretty solid album but I'm not going to completely gush over it. Nice gift for Bowie to leave the world but I've heard better albums. I found the drum track and electronica elements annoying at times - like the start of Blackstar (still a good song) and most of Sue. That being said, his lyrics are excellent and he has some real beautiful songs - Lazarus, Dollar Days particularly stand out. Girl Loves Me was my favorite track - funky and great tempo.

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listened to again a masterpiece from a legend. what a way to go out.

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8/10 Best song - Lazarus

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★★★★

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Honte de ne jamais l'avoir écouté avant

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Can’t believe I waited for 6 years to listen to this… Sounds like Bowie has zero F’s left to give went out 100% on his own terms.

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Un 4 porque es Bowie, pero me ha aburrido un poco.

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One thing I think is important to note here is that David Bowie didn't owe us this album. After all of the great music he gave us, all of the great experiences he created for us, he didn't owe us one more album before he died. The fact that, as he was dying of cancer, he made this stellar album shows how incredible he truly was. Visionary is the word I would use to describe Bowie's career, and it feels that way here too. He's a man looking out into the abyss of death and preparing himself to take the final step. This is not his best album, but it is a monumental achievement nonetheless. He didn't have to do it, but he did, and it's great 4/5

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A parting gift.

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Elegant and elegaic. A fitting swansong for a constantly evolving artist.

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Sometimes challenging but always rewarding... extraordinary album.

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weird and experimental. kind of sad when you know the lore behind it. I feel like if I listened to it again it would get better. its interesting.

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L'última gran obra de Bowie. Un disc de post-maduresa on dóna la benvinguda a la mort mitjançant 7 temes complexos, difícils, de gran qualitat. Jazz, rock, experimentació, intel.ligència compositiva es donen la mà per dir-nos adéu d'una forma colpidora, de mestre

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Blackstar truly sounds like its both written and sung by someone who is knocking on deaths door. Unfortunately for wider humanity, this was indeed the case for Bowie. Blackstar has quite an experimental sound with a mish mash of genres entwined from jazz to art rock onto industrial rock, folk pop and hip hop. Although not Bowie's best work, it is indeed a fitting end to what was a groundbreaking and illustrious career of a legend of music. Best: Lazarus Worst: Dollar Days

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A solid bookend to an amazing career. One can hear the influences referenced in the summary and the darkness is more prominent now listening it to again several years after his passing. He never stopped experimenting or growing musically and is one of our true iconoclasts gone too soon.

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Challenging, sad, expansive. Lot of jazz, great drum tracks.

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At first I wasn’t super pumped to listen to drum and bass made by a 69 year old with liver cancer, but this wasn’t half bad. Nice nadsat tune, I’ll try and listen to this album again.

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It was weird at first but it definitely grew on me. A really good album!!

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Glam rock, pop, 2016. In this "Blackstar" there is a great Bowie but not as perfect as the David Bowie of the 70s, who was a pure musical genius with at least 5 masterpieces in his catalogue. This record maybe isn't a masterpiece, especially for his impressive standards, but it's definitely a fantastic album, and "Lazarus" is one of his 30 best songs ever.

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Iconic tunes. Like a summary of it all. Beautiful and totally Bowie.

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Waaaaay better than what I anticipated. Will be listening again soon.

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First Bowie album. Gonna go listen to more Bowie.

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Love this!

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10 minute long songs my beloved

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this is probably great but i can't really tell tbh

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bowie released an album in 2016? RIP Not my fav, or top 3

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As with other Bowie stuff, I like it, but don't love it. Would definitely listen to it again, but wouldn't seek it out. Good enough for 3 stars, though.

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Well, it was certainly an interesting album. Not quite sold on Bowie yet, but this looks promising.

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Not my favorite Bowie album, but crazy to imagine that this was released just before his death..

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3

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Album mais recente, ainda tem os tons classicos de sofrimento do Bowie, mas nao tem a mesma energia

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A special album as it is a sort of swan song of David Bowie. Although I will remember him more by other songs he has made.

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Siendo lo más subjetivo, este no es mi disco favorito de Bowie y sin bronca me voy por otros más convencionales y obvios. Con un poco más de objetividad, el contexto del disco y el mensaje que trata de pasar casi podría darle cinco estrellas sin siquiera oírlo. Mis favoritas son "'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore' y 'Girl Loves Me' en lugar de los sencillos que lanzaron que son bastante más dramáticos.

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No soy fan de Bowie (si si, ya sé que es casi un crimen, lo siento) pero este disco no me desagradó. Por lo que he leído, este disco es muy “experimental” y destaca dentro de su repertorio por ser diferente, y quizá por eso me agradó, je. Me gustaron los juegos que hace con la música, las transiciones y su voz. La canción que me agradó más fue “Lazarus”. Este disco merece que lo vuelva a escuchar de nuevo después.

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Good

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This one is more 'jazzy' and eclectic than previous Bowie albums. It still retains the iconic Bowie sound through his vocals. An interesting album and tragic that it was his last. Not the best album he produced but definitely worth the listen.

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Me late un buen Bowie. Solo éste disco, no es que no sea bueno, lo he escuchado varias veces ya... simplemente no logro conectar.

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Good. A smidgen overrated in Bowie's discography. 7/10

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yo creo que no es el mejor disco de Bowie y que puede que sea el que más experimente y aún así no es desagradable de escuchar. No lo compraría pero lo volvería a escuchar

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I like this album a lot better than I expected to. It was far more entertaining than the Board of Canada album, while kind of treading similar water. The general atmosphere was just great.

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Not a big fan of the album, but quite poignant as Bowie wrote this while he was dying

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Interesting and off the wall. Only truly loved 2 songs, the rest is too experimental.

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3.3

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This is the second time I've done a listen through of this album and I'm starting to glean the impressive collection of songs for what it is. The lyrics are foreboding and metaphorical for bodies own life and his influences on love. I'm not in love with the album, but I appreciate it for what it is. Favorite Song: Blackstar

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The album has uncommon song texts. The voice in the few traсks a bit annoying, but in the other is delighted.

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2 saves sur 7, ça sera un 3 étoiles

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Not his best.

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Liked the Bowie sound but prefer the older material

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https://lindalistens.wordpress.com/2021/04/15/blackstar-david-bowie/

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I mean I like Bowie, but this was too experimental for me to enjoy. It wasn’t bad, it was just a lot.

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David Bowie! Maybe not exactly my jam, but good stuff.

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Kinda meh, liked the last two songs, the other songs didn't do much for me but weren't necessarily bad.

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Not quite the Bowie I’m used to. It’s more experimental than I expected. May need several listens

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Blackstar is great, and Dollar Days is nice too! Rest of the album is just not my kind of music xP

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I certainly appreciate the creativity and experimentation on this album - Bowie remained a musical tour de force down to the very end. With that said, in terms of how much I enjoyed this album, that is nowhere near my fondness for some of his other works. This is worth listening to a few times, but I won't be returning to it anytime soon.

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Um álbum interessante, estava a espera de menos dele mas superou as minhas expectativas. É triste saber que o álbum foi escrito no leito de morte do artista, mas por outro lado da lhe mais profundidade. Nota: 5/10

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Pretty decent, although possibly too experimental for me to listen to regularly.

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Je ne sais pas trop quoi en penser. Ce n’est pas ce a quoi je m’attendais et les chanson sont vraiment eclatees. 3.25

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3.5 it’s good but not obsessed thanks david

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stars for effort

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I don't know too much about Bowie besides his biggest hits. I thought this late in his career (semi-posthumous?) album was really interesting with some good tracks. I enjoyed the title track the most.

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Hmmm interesting but didn't really do anything for me. After I few albums I guess I just don't "get" Bowie. Sounds great though?

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Rip Bowie. Nice album.

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Weird. Bowie's later stuff always has a strange, prog, forced feel.

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Not good. Dude is wack. Also, too many hits by this guy. I got distracted.

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I will come back to this album one day. Blackstar is my favourite song in this album

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Didn’t know what to expect. Quiet wistful lyrics with interesting instrumentals.

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Many of the songs seemed like incoherent ramblings, but I liked the sounds and tone overall.

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Felt like a pretty thoughtful album.

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that's bowie, so ok... but not my piece of cake

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Well, his last one, so cannot rate lower

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If this wasn't the 'death album' it likely wouldn't have received the reception it did and probably wouldn't have made this list. It's still a solid Bowie album.

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It’s fine…

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Agora tenho capacidade de ouvir e gostar.

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Seemed a bit less "art pop" than his previous albums. I didn't mind.

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didnt grip me right away the way older bowie albums did, but i suspect it would grow on me with time, which unfortunately i do not have right now

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i was not completely wowed by this album. good but not my thing really... sorry mr bowie

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Not a bad album, but as far as David Bowie's best goes this is pretty just okay.

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I wanted to like this more than I did. I appreciate how important it is, but I didn't fall in love with it.

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Solid album, can see myself checking this one out again. A lot more "modern" sounding than I expected.

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I don't know much of Bowie beyond his many excellent singles, so I wasn't sure what to expect with this. It seems like a perfect final album, one man looking back at his life and thinking beyond.

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Topzwaar, maar mooie zwanenzang van de meester

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Manden er jo en legende og albummet skulle være være fantastisk. Synes dog ikke helt den rammer mig. Den er lidt for avant garde. Måske jeg lige skal prøve at få den ind under huden en gang

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I like this. Not a classic but interesting and showed that Bowie still had something to say

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David Bowie is a referent but perhaps for me not very important.

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I have to be honest, I love David Bowie, but this album is not it for me. I’ll give it three because of the legend of Bowie. RIP

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Interesting music but I didn't really enjoy it.

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it's ok, pretty weird and depressing but in a variety of ways.

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Not sure about this - it really needs an attentive listen.

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OK, not the best Bowie

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Some beautiful moments, but also a lot of atonal monotony. I really wanted to like the album but I just can't get into it.

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Definitely not the best Bowie. I quite enjoyed listening to it though. Low 3*

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This is the kind of album that makes me wish you could revisit old albums on this thing? On my first listen, this album appeared to be a bit too much at times, a little too unfocused. And yet, Bowie’s haunting voice lingers, and I feel like one day I’ll really recognize this album as a masterpiece. 3.5 stars for now

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Overrated by virtue of Bowie's death. Liked Dollar Days.

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I love David Bowie. I loved listening to his last album. I certainly appreciated what he did with this one. I just can't say that I'd ever want to listen to this again outside of this project. So that makes for a challenging rating. Whatever I rate won't reflect all that I felt listening to it.

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didn’t listen to the whole thing, kinda mid

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Good album, def not his best

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Seemed alright... Not really a Bowie fan tho.

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I so want to love Bowie - but it just doesn’t get under my skin. I think I need the right circumstances for this to have meaning for me. That doesn’t detract from his talent.

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I've always found Bowie a bit hit and miss, and I found this a bit patchy. Wouldn't turn it on, wouldn't turn it off.

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C'était pas mon préféré de lui so far mais je l'ai bien aimé pareil. À réessayer

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An interesting and challenging listen. I went through it at least 5 times, trying to see if it would take a hold for me, as i generally like Bowie and have seen so many folks raving over this album. Lazarus is really good and maybe Blackstar is unusual and good, but I didn't really find much else that makes we want to listen more. It's fine, but won't have me coming back.

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Alright, wasn't always my thing, very experimental at points with a jazz layer near the centre of it all.

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I'm not sure I really got this. I've been told with context I would appreciate it more (the whole released just before his death) but without it, I got kinda bored

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Kinda surprised on this one. Was really into Bowie back catalog when this came out, never gave it a chance. Heard the first track at the time and said 'naw'. One this first full listen, it really is a coherent album. Don't know if I'd ever put it in rotation, though. Favorite song is Blackstar (big surprise) Would pay $8 used.

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3,5, some great stuff and some eh

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Bowie is cool. Probably too cool for me because I don't always get the hype - but this is a good album. He's unique. It's fun. I dig it.

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As the album went on it got worse and worse for me. Way better albums for Bowie out there over this one

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Surprised to find this on here. Does this indicate that every Bowie album will feature here. Don’t get the rapturous reviews posted here. I’m as big a Bowie fan as anyone one. But this is not his finest moment. Cover art 4/5

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I’m not a fan of Bowie’s electronic experimental music which is present throughout this album.

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Very interesting music. Would like to spend more time listening to the lyrics since Scott told me it was made when he knew he was dying.

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Listened to this one on my album,book,movie a week thing, it has something to it, but nothing has spoken to me yet

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Last Bowie's musical legacy composed during his last days before passing away. Full of sadness, and melancholy. A beautiful final gift from David to his followers.

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Some of it was good, but ohhhh it was not good music for my brain while not exactly sober

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Art rock, jazz, eksperimenterende, lange numre

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Jos ei ole umpirakastunut ko. herran tuotantoon niin tästä on kyllä vaikkea diggailla. Omaehtoisesti en kuuntelisi ainuttakaan kappaletta uusiksi....

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Very jazzy. His falsetto in 'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore was a little grating. My favorite parts of the album were the jazzy bits.

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false

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Songs long and voice not my favorite but lyrics were cool

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I know I'm supposed to like this but there's only one song on it that's ok

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boring

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Not a fan

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I really wanted to like this album, especially as it was his last (?), but I didn't really. I found it too repetitive and just...weird.

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Vaag

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Not Bowie's best - and it kind of sucks to have to say that on his heartfelt final album before his death. Artsy and interesting at times, but not something that lends itself to being played often.

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How many Bowie Albums are on this list, you would think that hes the greatest singer of all time........ really?!?! I continue to struggle this ... apparent brilliance.

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Love Bowie but this was just too depressing for me!

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Ehhh. Not sure it really makes an impact for me. Not in this context

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I couldn't make it past the 2nd song (which sounded oddly similar to the old SNL band opening number)---I never understood the obsession people had/have with Bowie.

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One or two songs interested me somewhat but outside of those I found it boring, this side of Bowie I'm not that fussed about.

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It seems that I'm not a fan of David Bowie, but initially I had thought the same for radiohead, which is not exactly true, therefore I'll remain

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Album sinistrao e medonho, prefiro as musicas do Bowie que nao causam desespero.

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2/5 Too bad, I expected something better

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Not as enjoyable as I hoped. I'm pretty fringe on art pop and this was definitely leaning heavily into jazzy art pop. Not my favorite of his work either. I may like Bowie but I do not understand this albums inclusion.

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Third time unlucky for Bowie. Better than the others, some nice musical bit spoiled by Bowie's lyrics. Best song: Lazarus.

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Already listened to it once when I started this project with another group, I ain't listening again.

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Not the best Bowie.

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I don’t know if it’s just the two albums of his that I have gotten on here, or just his music in general, but from what I have heard Bowie is super overrated! I mean he has a few good songs here and there, but I find it difficult to get through a full album of his. His music isn’t the worst thing in the world, nothing I have heard from him is a 1/5, but I just don’t get the hype at all. His last album I was given on here was very average, a 3/5. This one was worse: 2/5.

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Have heard before - quite interesting but a bit off putting

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Eeeeeh.

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It was okay? Not too big of a David Bowie fan, but the 3rd track was nice. Jazzy influences

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Mostly meh

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The album is fine. I don't think I would listen to it again though.

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Bit all over the place for me. Some great backing in places.

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I mean, Bowie’s an icon, but I don’t really want to listen to experimental pop/rock just for the sake of it.

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Meh.

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3.5

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First listen.

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Not my David Bowie. Made it thru the album just out of respect.

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Kudos to Bowie for never standing pat, and for going out, musically, on his own terms. But this whole thing was too "out there" for my tastes. This album sounded like it should have been the soundtrack for True Crime. (See Trance Figure by School of The Seven Bells).

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Challenging to listen to, the beats of the lyrics weren’t standard

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I like Bowie, but this is not anywhere close to his best work.

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Wanted to like it more but it's a bit too indulgent and tuneless.

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Listened before. Again, not my preferred listening.

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an album people like because of the story, not because it's actually good

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Solid but not spectacular. I feel like this album gets cred as a life-time achievement award. 2/5

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I just can't get into Bowie. Nothing against him or his talent, but it's just not my style of music.

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Feels like a spacy, wonky version of Arctic Monkeys / The Last Shadow Puppets. Lots of "freestyle jazzy" stuff. Not sure I love it. Having listened it through, I am kinda happy it's done.

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Honestly, my first play-through of any David Bowie album. It was slow and dark. Not really my thing, but I can for sure see the appeal. Not trying to take anything away from Bowie, of course, the man was quite clearly a musical genius, I just don't know that I ever need to listen to this album, or really even Bowie, ever again.

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No sé si fue el mejor disco de Bowie para escuchar por primera vez.

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I've heard a variety of tracks from David Bowie, and this is the third Bowie album that has been recommended to me by this list. Sometimes I don't know what to do with Bowie's music, even the songs I think I like. This album was even more of a puzzle. I kept asking myself, "Do I like this track?" and it was hard to come to an answer. It was an interesting listen, but nothing stuck with me, plus some tracks were hard to get through. 2 stars

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Not vero good

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2-3

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Even "goodbye, moonmen" is better...

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En ymmärrä. Blackstar ihan mielenkiintoinen, lopuista ei vaan saa mitään otetta.

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maybe just a bit jazzier than i would have liked and i did like a lot of the songs! just not enough to add them to any playlists

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Didnt engage me at all.

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Do not like

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Loved classic Bowie but found his new stuff hard to get through. I'll give it another go – only because it's Bowie. Didn't really do it for me, didn't get past second track, it was very meandering and unengaging.

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The dense, smoky textures are wonderful, though the commitment to confounding expectations comes at a cost. That's not to say there aren't hooks, though. More than I'd remembered, actually.

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Voor mij veel te theatraal en zwaar.

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Cheer up Bowie, it might never happen. The last 2 tracks are alright. The rest of the album is a discordant mess with old man Bowie droning on. Fuck jazz

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Sorry Bowie. This one kind of sucked.

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weird. 2 stars? at best.

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No es de lo mejor de Bowie. Obvio el prestigio del artista y que sea su último sirvió para que tenga tan buenas críticas.

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Once again disappointed by Bowie. It may have grown on me with more listens

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It was okay, far prefer his 70s, 80s work.

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Really, really tried to like this but I just can’t. Feel like Bowie remains one of those people who are universally regarded as amazing but just totally lost on me.

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Yeah, this continues my view of not actively disliking David Bowie, but not liking him either. If this was anyone other than Bowie it wouldn't be in the list.

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eu gosto do bowie, eu so conheço a fase inicial dele, de 69-72, e é provavelmente um dos meus artistas favoritos desse ano de 2022. como 2016 é um ano com uma grande distancia do inicio dos anos 70, eu não espero muito desse album, provavelmente so pagam pau pra ele porque foi lançado dois dias antes dele morrer, vamo ve. talvez eu goste. é, exatamente o que eu esperava, lazarus é legal, eu acho, mas o resto é so um progressivo estranho por causa das baterias eletronicas e tudo mais. bem depressivo tambem, bom, eu acho que é isso que se espera de alguem a beira da morte

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It's tough to listen to. Is there a payoff? Not that I can inform.

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Not for me. I do like some of his music but not this album.

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Admittedly I am not a huge David Bowie fan, I do appreciate some his bigger hits. This is the second album of his that I have gotten. I liked the title track, it was eclectic and all over the place but a fun listen. Not a fan of the second song. Overall just not my favorite style of music, I can understand how others would enjoy it.

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I know Bowie is always kinda experimental, but I don’t think this is a good introduction to him. Maybe if I was a long time fan, I could enjoy it. But it’s just too dreary for me, and I don’t have an emotional connection with Bowie for the dreariness to work for me.

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I can see why he didn't release when he was alive

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2/5 best - lazarus worst - blackstar

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Not super into this album - Lazarus was good and Dollar Days intro was decent but the rest lost me.

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Not really my type of music. Kinda disappointed cause I thought I liked David Bowie but this is the second album I’ve listened to and I didn’t like either I’m sorry but the drum groove on the first song is absolute trash. Dollar Days is the best on the album imo

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Like bowie but wasnt feeling it

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Very abstract rock, did not like it at all

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Bowie has a grating and unpleasant voice. The songs generally are uninteresting or unpleasant to listen to, often both.

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I'm sorry Bowie...

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Pseudo-Prog. Takes normal pop and makes it harmonically weird, but inconsequential. And the lyrics are plain weird, not even artistically so.

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Not a bowie fan. Still not a bowie fan

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Not for me. Starts with a weird long song that doesn't do anything for me and gets worse. Just stressful to listen to.

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Meh. If the man didn't die a couple days after the release, would it really be praised as much as it is? No disrespect to the Bowie. The response to this album is inflated. It's a mess IMO

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So bad, I never want to hear any of this crap again

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Did not enjoy.

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-How many more Bowie albums are you gonna make me rate?!?!? -Not his best album -Very weird but I wouldn't expect any different -I liked when his songs are more dancey and rockish -Album art could be better, it's too plain. I like the idea of the different parts of the star but make it look cool -Didn't really like any songs

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Did not like at all; every song was a slog to get through

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Doesn't stand out, jazzy, meh

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Too artistic? Not enjoyable.

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Did not enjoy

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Mag es nicht

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Not a good album in my opinion, I believe personally that it was his attempt to be different and "alternative". I did not find any single song that was really grabbing my attention or I even liked one bit. For me it was a 1/10, just could not find anything to like.

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Ersten drei Songs nicht mein Geschmack.

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Way too weird for me, but I've never been a Bowie fan outside of a few of his hits.

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I almost had to shut this one off. It was really tough to get through. I just don't get the appeal of Bowie. Guess anything really is "art"

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Hate to say it but this was not good

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Track two- tis a pity she was a whore XD

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No me gustó

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Pretty decent

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