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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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Genres

  • Rock
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Thu Mar 18 2021
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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Mon Dec 21 2020
5

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

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Wed Sep 23 2020
5

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

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Tue Jun 08 2021
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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Sat Jan 23 2021
5

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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Tue Jan 26 2021
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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Thu Aug 12 2021
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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Tue Dec 29 2020
5

Cancer, very sad.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
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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Fri Jul 30 2021
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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Sun Aug 22 2021
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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Thu Sep 16 2021
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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Fri Sep 24 2021
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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Fri Oct 29 2021
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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Fri Jan 07 2022
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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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

I’ve never been one to feel particularly attached to celebrity, but that day in 2016, waking to the news that David Bowie had died, I was deeply saddened. During my stop for coffee that morning, the look on my face must’ve said it all…the cashier handed me my coffee and said “Today’s kind of a bummer, isn’t it?” “Yeah…I loved Bowie. It sucks,” was about all I could muster and the clerk nodded in agreement. In retrospect, it was a nice moment: Being brought together with someone I only had a casual acquaintance with over David Bowie, even if only briefly, was a testament to Bowie’s unique greatness. I did all the things that day that you were supposed to do: I listened to Bowie on the way to and from work, talked with coworkers about our favorite songs, watched the videos of people gathering all over the world to celebrate his life and posted photos and video of my Bowie vinyl collection to instagram. The one thing I didn’t do, was listen to Blackstar. It had come out only a day or two earlier and was cast in an entirely new light after the news broke. I just couldn’t do it, I wasn’t ready. I needed to spend more time with my favorites before I could say goodbye. I must have listened to Station to Station, Low, Scary Monsters a dozen times each that week. Well, weeks turned to months, months to years and here I am, more than 6 years later…really, truly digesting Blackstar for the first time. That’s not to say I haven’t heard it before. I’ve listened a handful of times in the last few years, but it’s been difficult to want to come back to it, to confront it for what it is: David Bowie saying farewell. It’s a difficult record: musically, lyrically and, for me, emotionally. Blackstar is a record that you need to come to terms with. I’m not sure it’s a record I’ll revisit frequently, even after spending the day today replaying it. Ultimately, it is a rewarding listen, ranking among his best, and I suspect that as sad as I was to say goodbye, the same went for David Bowie.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
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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Sat Feb 05 2022
3

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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Tue Oct 04 2022
3

This album immediately reminded me of another on this project: "You Want It Darker" by Leonard Cohen. Like Cohen, David Bowie seems to have a level of premonition about his own lingering death. The music, lyrics, and tone are all a bit eerie, even for Bowie, and possess a certain level of gloom throughout the album. Hearing a heavier than usual jazz flair from Bowie was also quite interesting. I tend to prefer Bowie more in the glam sphere, but the decision to go more jazzy was certainly intriguing, and what I believe to be an intentional decision to create some artistic contrast and dissonance. Bowie was no stranger to experimenting, and I feel like this album is no exception. This album defies falling into any one sound or genre. This album is also busy, and not necessarily in a bad way; there are many things going on in the tracks that paint a bizarrely beautiful picture. This is not my favorite iteration of Bowie, but it's certainly a captivating iteration nonetheless. Bowie went out on a high note with this album, reminding us why he was and continues to be a king of the weird.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
2

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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Fri Mar 26 2021
1

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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Sun Jun 13 2021
1

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

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Tue Mar 23 2021
5

bowie é bom, precisamos ouvir mais. always.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

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

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

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

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

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

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

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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Wed May 05 2021
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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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

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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Sun Apr 18 2021
5

Excellent even in his dying days.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

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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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Such a cool album

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Wed May 05 2021
5

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

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

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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Fri Mar 19 2021
5

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

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

Love the first track

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Pretty awesome album my attention was on most of the songs

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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

Loved this! Bowie is the best.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
5

Schon sher

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

Classic

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

Bowie's last is one of his best

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

Marvellous!!

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

fantastic album

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Tue Jan 19 2021
5

Very intense but magnificent

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

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

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Sun Mar 21 2021
5

Ottimo testamento.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
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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Mon Apr 19 2021
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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Sat Jul 10 2021
5

Haunting.

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Giuliana is crazy man

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Mon May 24 2021
5

Bowie's final masterpiece.

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Thu May 13 2021
5

fantastic

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Bruh this a classic 10/10

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Thu May 27 2021
5

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

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Tue Jun 01 2021
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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Sun May 09 2021
5

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

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Tue Jun 01 2021
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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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

Very dark. Some outrageous drumming on this.

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Fri May 21 2021
5

Brilliant album. An incredible end to an incredible career

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Fri May 21 2021
5

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

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Fri May 21 2021
5

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

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

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

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Wed Aug 04 2021
5

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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Fri Aug 13 2021
5

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

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

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

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Sat Aug 28 2021
5

This makes me so sad

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Tue Aug 31 2021
5

Controlled Chaos

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

Fucking masterful.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

jazzy and eclectic. RIP

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

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

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Tue Oct 12 2021
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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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

Excelente

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Wed Oct 20 2021
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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Wed Nov 03 2021
5

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

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Sat Nov 06 2021
5

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

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

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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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

Great Album, Lazarus is the best song.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
5

Just a legendary swan song from a true icon.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
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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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Great ambient music for a party

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

the greatest farewell album of all time

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Awesome

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Sat Jan 08 2022
5

Hin fullkomna sálumessa. Elska allt við þessa plötu.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

“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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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

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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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Total masterpiece

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Sun Feb 13 2022
5

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

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Sun Feb 20 2022
5

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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Tue Feb 22 2022
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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Thu Feb 24 2022
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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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

Cet album est merveilleux.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
5

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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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

This is a six star album

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

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

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Tue Mar 08 2022
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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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

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

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

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

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Mon Mar 14 2022
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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Mon Mar 14 2022
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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Mon Mar 14 2022
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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Thu Mar 24 2022
5

Excellent album. Last album before he died.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
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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Wed Apr 13 2022
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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Thu Apr 14 2022
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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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

Oooooh, su último disco.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
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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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

What a swan song

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Thu May 12 2022
5

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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Sun May 15 2022
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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Sun May 15 2022
5

Sophisticated and stunning. A remarkable swan song.

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Sun May 15 2022
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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Mon May 16 2022
5

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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Sat May 21 2022
5

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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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

RIP Bowie

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Wed Jul 06 2022
5

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

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

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

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Sun Aug 07 2022
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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Mon Aug 15 2022
5

unique, eclectic, partially grimly, excellent

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Amazingly good. and the only Bowie album to not have him on the cover.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

Powerful and gorgeous

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Never listened to the album before , but so many iconic tracks brilliant

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Sat Aug 27 2022
5

David Bowie puts our perhaps his greatest ever album, a sort of concept album, about how the cancer is eating him alive, while the cancer is eating him alive. It comes out two days before his death. It’s like Freddie Mercury doing The Show Must Go On for a whole album. If I found out I was dying I would just cry a lot and lay in bed. Bowie recorded a magnum opus. Don’t like it? Fuck off.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
5

wanted to hear this one for a while

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

Bowie's final work, a literal farewell-gift with so much to discover on it in only 6 tracks. Apart from the point that he managed to reinvent his music on his 26th(!!!) album and still stays true to the "Bowie"-feel, the backing musicians which are all jazz virtuosos in their own right really pull this one together. Especially Donny McCaslin and Mark Guiliana are always worth a listen and I only came across them when hearing Blackstar for the first time. It is a complicated and deep record and I wouldn't call it easy listening, but it flows together really well, which is quite the feat considering the complexity of the individual tracks. The overall message is simple "I'll be dead soon, it is how it is, let me get to grasps with it and also put it into words that will help you all understand even if you miss me." And DAMN was he right. It's a masterpiece, especially considering the catalogue of Bowie.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

top 10

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

One week ago I was rolled Next Day and today it's Blackstar. You really want me to see the Moonage Daydream film later this month, don't you? Well it worked, damn it, cause once again Bowie hits us with another masterpiece before his timely death. Unlike Next Day, this is not a return to roots. This is something entirely new and unique. Something creepy, eery, and most of all ghastly, the remnants of a man on the verge of death. 7 pieces in 41 minutes, each multi-layered, featuring elements of horror and beauty. These arrangements are incredible, with attention paid to each minute, incorporating experimental elements of electronic and jazz like he has never done before, and yet it sounds like he's perfected these tools for decades. It never feels rushed. Whether 10 minutes or 5, each song sounds complete and incredibly modern, accessible to both new and old audiences. What else can I say? I've had goosebumps several times. No weak tracks. Production is mind-blowing, mixed very well and clear. Good choice in track order, with a perfect opener to entice the audience and a satisfying and beautiful closer to end Bowie's career. Bowie is stealing all my 5 stars. I guess he really is one of the greatest musicians of all time.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

A delirious review of a life and a moving meditation on death. Bowie's passing just two days after its release turns this jazzy and atmospheric album into a haunting masterpiece. Endlessly creative and an artist until the end. Rating: 5/5 Playlist track: Blackstar Date listened: 27/09/22

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

Ostico capolavoro, di una bellezza mostruosa. La summa di una vita e di una carriera. È 5 solo perché non posso mettere di più.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Beautiful last ride

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Sun Oct 02 2022
5

It's taken me six years to get back round to listening to this album again. That's how devoed I was when he died. Black Star (the song) remains an incredible achievement. I don't think he got the memo that he could churn out any old shit and Mojo readers would try to claim it was still worthwhile, like McCartney or the Stones or Paul Weller do. Even at the end he was still ridiculously ambitious with what he wished to achieve, and made a 10 minute prog/jazz/skitterbeat/ballad the lead off the album. Respect. The rest of the album is still brilliant. His thinking around the beats and the different textures in each song make it a joy (and a tragedy that there's no more coming) to listen to. And yet, because of relativity with other parts of his back catalogue, I can only give it four stars - because I know Low and Diamond Dogs and Alladin Sane exist. Sorry Zavid. Morning rethink - nah, I'm giving it five. Think of the extra star as a lifetime achievement star.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
5

This album has a level of creativity that is completely detached from his passing and is ridiculously high. This album has acid, jazz, and so many other genres of music embedded in it. I love how experimental this is, and I think that this album has much more value than just "the album bowie made as he was dying." I love this album. 5 stars. (heh)

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Mon Oct 17 2022
5

David bowie is good???? Literally amazing album

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

Flawless album. I know this a priori. Honestly, this album has no weak spots or songs that I would ever think about skipping. And I just remember everything surrounding it, the anticipation leading up to it, the heartbreak of David Bowie's death, the music videos, the deeper meanings, it's such a great album.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

5/5 Hat zwar bessere Alben aber trotzdem banger

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

This is one of my favorite albums since it was one of my first real contact with Bowie's work. I already know him by name and some MTV singles, but this was one of my first listening sessions, some years before started this 1001 list challenge. Since then, I've already listened to other albums from him (because of the list and also by myself) and I'm becoming more and more of a fan.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

Very unexpected. Some great material on this.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

“Something happened on the day he died, spirit rose a metre then stepped aside…” Because I have such vivid memories of “Blackstar”’s release, it’s hard to rate objectively. So I’ll settle for personal preference once again: it sits comfortably in my top five Bowie albums, and its creator sits comfortably in my top five artists of all time. Blackstar was released on 8th January 2016. I was just in the middle of a Bowie binge, treading into deeper waters than the shallow rockpools of Ziggy or Hunky Dory: Scary Monsters, Station to Station, The Next Day. I welcomed a new album and wondered if a tour might be on the horizon: what a time to be getting back into the man! Two days later, I woke up to the news he was dead. I immediately went to the video for Lazarus and watched it with my mind spiralling. All the “clues” had been there: “look up here, I’m in heaven”, the hospital bed, the elegiac feel, the retreat into the cupboard after frantically trying to write everything down. It’s a stunningly poignant piece of work. Putting the inescapable ties to circumstance aside, what we are left with is a dazzling work of originality. There was a tendency among Bowie fans to link “Blackstar” to his previous work: “Dollar Days” sounds like a Hunky Dory track because there’s acoustic guitar in it! “Blackstar” sounds like Station to Station because it’s ten minutes long! “Sue (In a Season of Crime)” sounds like Earthling because it has a drum and bass rhythm! In reality, the most striking thing about “Blackstar” is how DIFFERENT it is from anything Bowie had done before. It’s just as ambitious, just as sprawling and just as dramatic, but it reaches for new territory altogether, tentatively integrating avant-jazz into space-rock and a little bit of dark theatre. I have so much respect for Bowie for every creative decision here: listening to Kendrick Lamar and Death Grips for inspiration, ditching his long-time backing band and recruiting a New York jazz ensemble, even crafting an addictive hook out of the line “where the fuck did Monday go?” It’s bold and brilliant on every level, making for a challenging listen but a rewarding one. On each round, subsequent delights are unveiled. The transition in the title track (and the baritone sax that comes in when the beat drops) will never not make me smile. “‘This a Pity She was a Whore” is an exhilarating ride and, together with “Sue…”, is far more hard-rocking than any 69 year old has any right to be. Lazarus is a haunting, theatrical last gasp. “Dollar Days” and “I Can’t Give Everything Away” seem to cycle from desperation to acceptance, with an ambiguous sentiment in the final track. Is he lamenting that there’s more he wants to share with us, or slinking behind the curtain with a knowing wink? We’ll never know, but it’s beautiful. Thanks for this last ride, Mr. Jones.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

A very consistent and coherent album, which I personally don’t often feel was the case with other Bowie albums. Feels of its time and timeless somehow. Love the songs, the voice, the arrangements and the sparse nature of it all. Everything is where it should be and nothing is here that shouldn’t be. Bowie’s work needs years to grow on you and I haven’t played this as much as I probably should have, but I would say this may turn out to be one of his best, and a fitting and moving last work.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

Jazzy, discordant and moody I can understand why some can't stomach it but it's right down my street. Reminds me in places of Aladdin Sane. A fitting finale I think.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

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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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

hmm

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

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

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

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

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

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

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

A fitting final album for Bowie.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Need to get into more Bowie

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

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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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

3/5 jord 4/5 rob

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

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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Wed May 05 2021
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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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

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

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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

Looking forward to the follow up from him

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

Estranho, o melho tipo de estranho

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

eccentric!

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

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

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

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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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

trippy, outside expectations even for bowie

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

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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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

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

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

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

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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

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

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

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

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

Good, but not entirely my vibe

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

8/10

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

false

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Aa

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

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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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

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

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

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

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

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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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

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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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

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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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

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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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

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

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

-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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Fri May 07 2021
4

It was good.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

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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Mon May 17 2021
4

Iconic. Bowie is brilliant, that is all

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Thu May 13 2021
4

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

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Thu May 13 2021
4

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

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Very cool very swag I like

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Fri May 21 2021
4

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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Mon May 31 2021
4

Very strange.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

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

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

love the brass. last song is fantastic.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

Great album showing the creativity and versatility of Bowie.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

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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Fri Aug 20 2021
4

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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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

Can do no wrong

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Sun Sep 12 2021
4

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

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

Прощальный альбом Боуи.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

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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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

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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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

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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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

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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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

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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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

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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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

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

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