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Young Americans

David Bowie

1975

Young Americans

Album Summary

Young Americans is the ninth studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on 7 March 1975 through RCA Records. The album marked a departure from the glam rock style of Bowie's previous albums, showcasing his interest in soul and R&B. Commentators have described the record as blue-eyed soul, although Bowie himself labelled the album's sound "plastic soul". Initial recording sessions took place following the first leg of his Diamond Dogs Tour in August 1974 at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia with producer Tony Visconti and a variety of musicians, including guitarist Carlos Alomar, who would become one of Bowie's most frequent collaborators. Backing vocalists included singer Ava Cherry, Alomar's wife Robin Clark and then-unknown singer Luther Vandross. After the initial sessions, the tour continued, with the setlist and design changed due to the influence of the new material recorded. This portion of the tour has been labeled the Soul tour. At the end of the tour, sessions continued at the Record Plant in New York City. After becoming friends with former Beatle John Lennon, the two collaborated on a session in January 1975 at Electric Lady Studios, with Harry Maslin producing. With Alomar, they recorded "Fame" and a cover of Lennon's Beatles song "Across the Universe". Throughout the sessions, many outtakes were recorded and the record went through numerous working titles. The cover artwork is a back-lit photograph of Bowie taken by Eric Stephen Jacobs. Upon its release, Young Americans was very successful in the US, reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart, with the single "Fame" becoming Bowie's first number one hit. However, it received mixed reviews from music critics and continues to receive mixed reviews. Bowie himself had mixed feelings about the album throughout his lifetime. Nevertheless, Bowie biographers have considered it one of his most influential records, mainly noting him as among the first white musicians of the era to overtly engage with black musical styles. The album has since been reissued multiple times and was remastered in 2016 as part of the Who Can I Be Now? (1974–1976) box set.

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3.65

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5580

Genres

  • Rock
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Sun Oct 17 2021
2

I can't really blame Bowie for being inspired by late 60s and early 70s soul music, but Young Americans is soul the way that the Bee Gee's Main Course is soul or 3 Dog Night is soul, that is, not so much. Only Fame is genuinely funky. I remember feeling a bit queasy when the other hit on the album, Young Americans, used to come on the radio. I was uncomfortable with how much fuss people made about it when much better real soul music came and went in a matter of weeks. But ain't that always the way it is? And come to think about it, part of what bothers me so much about the 1001 list is how colonialist it is, how small-minded, how parochial, giving an inordinate amount of space to anything white, male or anglophile and when they do include music which isn't, more often than not, it's a compromised, bastardized token example. Anyway, enough of my bitching. The rest of the album, with the exception of Fame, is just as inconsequential as the title cut. I will say that the session players acquit themselves quite well, and the album is beautifully recorded. I mean, the album isn't actively unpleasant to listen to, but this is a pretty shallow take on soul. Still, the only outright stinker is the out-of-place Beatles cover Across the Universe. I know it's fashionable to venerate Bowie these days, but not everything he did was wonderful, e.g. the Thin White Puke years. I'm just glad Bowie got Young Americans out of his system and went on to make the Berlin trilogy.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

:)

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Thu Sep 30 2021
5

👨🏻‍🎤🤩🎸⭐️

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Thu Nov 12 2020
5

It’s David Bowie

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Fri Nov 20 2020
5

Some of his classics and a very Bowie Beatles cover is on this album. He’s a legend for a reason

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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

Genius, Become successful doing glam rock. Then completely change the style and genre. And knock it out the park again. Album flows magnificently. Songs are all on point. Bowie did this in 1975 influenced by funk. Everyone else followed in the 80s. Peerless 5/5

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Sat Jun 19 2021
5

Bowie does it again. A masterpiece and an ESSENTIAL soul reinvention in his discography. "Fame" is a PERFECT song.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
5

An album not talked too much about, though I believe it was his best. Love this album and wish even more people would listen to it.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
5

The Thin White Duke at his best, post Heroin, pre Berlin and cleaning up his act this is a special album. His experiment with white boy soul and with the backing of Carlos Alomar on guitar and the wonderful Luther Vandross on backing vocals, highlights here The Eponymous "Young Americans" and of course his Lost Weekend output "Fame" co written by John Lennon. You can hear the influence of Gamble & Huff and TSOP throughout the album, the rock chameleon doing what he did the best. Love the whole thing and deservedly on the list in my opinion.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

“It remains a beloved bright spot in a discography with more than its share."

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Really enjoyed how free and emotional everything felt. All the songs were pretty long which I don’t always like, but the music was given a lot of time to breathe in between the lyrics which really just fit the feel of everything really well. Great album ❤️

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Tue Feb 23 2021
5

Fantastic album. Listened to as a whole, you can hear the influence from 70's funk and r&b. When I think of 80's multiculturalism, I think of this album.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
5

Probably one of the few instances where Bowie’s voice made something worse. The instrumentals were all so good but the timbre of his voice is so nasal and thin that it just doesn’t fit over the funky/soulful beats. Still great though. 9

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

Wow. This album is awesome. Again I found myself completely unfamiliar with the work of the artist, and I seriously dug this album.

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Fri Nov 20 2020
4

Not my favorite from him but it’s hard to go wrong with Bowie

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

I've never listened much to David Bowie outside of his major hits, but I was captivated by the very first song; excited to hear the rest of it! Win - Absolutely loved. Great song. Fascination - was aight. Would listen to again Right - was groovy! Loved it. Somebody up There Likes Me, the chords used here are really great. Head bopper for sure. Can You Hear Me Across The Universe cover?! Featuring John Lennon on guitar and back-up vocals? A solid take! Enjoyed. ^^Reflecting on his contribution, Lennon later said: "I thought, great, because I'd never done a good version of that song myself. It's one of my favourite songs, but I didn't like my version of it." Bowie concurred, calling the Beatles' original version "very watery" and wanting to "hammer the hell out of it." - Wikipedia Can You Hear Me - Reminded me of Jimi Hendrix. Good track. Fame - Classic Bowie track I've listened to before, sounds a bit different from the rest of the album tonally, but a fine addition to end the album on. This album just made me a David Bowie fan. Great listening experience all around. Definitely coming back to this.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Was a huge fan of this "Plastic Soul" album during my Bowie phase (I spent the lion's share of my graduation gift money on his albums). This one made him something of a favored son in Philly which made it kind of special when I saw him twice there on his "farewell" tour. "They've cleaned up the Italian Market!" he shouted from the stage. Favorite is Win. Cassette flip side was tvc15 I believe.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

David Bowie sure had an ability to sense trends in music and remake himself on the turn of a dime. I appreciate this album and its more soulful feel, but I'm more of a Ziggy Stardust kind of guy where the music felt a little more experimental and less derivative.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
3

I wish the rest of the songs on this album lived up to Fame, which is an unbelievably amazing song. I felt like Bowie was trying a style that didn't really fit as well with his voice...I liked it but didn't love it.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
3

Wow. David Bowie really was decades ahead of his time. And several years behind. The title track - Young Americans - starts off sounding exactly like the opening theme of a mid-90s sitcom. The rest of the album is, as Bowie described it himself - a facsimile of soul. He does well for a white boy, but I can't help but think that he's making a gesture at the genre rather than actually contributing to it or bringing the music foward. I suspect this album is considered influential because it is a change of direction from an established artist, shining a light on music that hadn't reached white suburbanites before - at least not in a way that could have been considered acceptable at the time. Knowing Bowie and his understanding and love of music, I think this is very much a case of cultural appreciation rather that appropriation, but that being said, Bowie cannot make (and he's admitted this himself with the definition of "plastic soul") this music his own. A famous white boy putting his money and influence into expanding the listenership of the genre is commendable. I think this - today - might not fly the way it did 45 years ago. It is a good album, and a paradigm shift for Bowie, giving a shot in the arm to soul, but ultimately being derivative in a direction that wasn't mastered.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
2

Thought I liked Bowie. Oh yeah, I do, but not this album. Falls into that category of over-produced 70s popular music, that I truly do not enjoy. Not really even any highlights in it for me. Bowie is a bit of a chameleon. He released the album Earthling in 1997, which I bought and really liked of course, but it had a real 90s sound.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
2

IS it me or is Bowie just overrated?

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Mon May 02 2022
2

From Young Americans to The Worst version of Across the Universe ever. How can such a great talent be so extremely hot or cold?

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Tue May 03 2022
2

mäh, i dont care for bowie

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Tue Dec 29 2020
5

dm me @pizzaupmynose on ig you are loved. you are worthy. sorry for hijacking your album generator :)

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Tue Nov 03 2020
5

Incredible synth funk

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Sat Dec 19 2020
5

One my favs since I was a kid.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Spotify only had the 2016 remaster Didn't know Bowie sang Young Americans.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Really like this album

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Mon Jul 05 2021
5

Classics that you can listen to all the time.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

Heard this before, great album

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Didn't realize some of these songs were Bowie...!

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Mon Jan 18 2021
5

Into it

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Sat Jul 10 2021
5

It’s so good. Even the deep cuts are fantastic, but the singles are otherworldly.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

4.5 | Después de una etapa en la que explotó todo el glam a lo más que dio retira por completo a Ziggy y lanza antes de la era de Berlin 3 discos - Diamond Dogs, Station to Station y Young Americans, en los que ahora el personaje principal es frio y distante, siempre vestido impecable y acicalado, sin emociones y modelado al mero fascismo. De los tres discos este es el que a mi parecer menos me agrada, sin embargo sigue siendo un disco excelente, se siente el Soul a todo lo que da y uno pensaría que es un artista que lleva trabajando el género toda su vida, no que fuera su primer experimentación en el mismo. Abrir con la que a mi parecer es la mejor canción del disco puede ser algo difícil de seguir pero hay suficiente material para defenderse muy bien, Fascination le mete un sonido "torcido" al funk que no se escucha en ningún otro lado, Across the Universe es en mi opinión el mejor cover de la canción y cambia por completo el sentido y emoción de la misma y Fame es simplemente genial, sea cual fuera el grado de la colaboración de Lennon lo que es cierto es que es totalmente mordaz y la manera de cantarla, ese sonido de una voz engreída y detestable no podría quedar mejor con la letra y lo vacia que hace ver a la fama como tal, al escuchar la canción no puedes mas que querer darle un madrazo en la boca al que la canta y creo es justamente el punto de la misma. Otro disco de Bowie, otro disco genial y, aun sin llegar a ser de los mejores materiales que hizo, demuestra la calidad de artista y versatilidad que tuvo.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

Great album!

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Mon Jun 14 2021
5

The title-track of this album is an absolute masterpiece of a song. Apart from the second track, most of the others were very good too, although not quite at the same level of brilliance as Young Americans. Still, all-round a great artist with a great album.

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Sat May 15 2021
5

Yes Bowie

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Fri May 28 2021
5

It’s Bowie, you can’t go wrong really

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Thu May 13 2021
5

Groovy, especially 'Fame'. Did not know that John Lennon helped write/record that.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
5

10/10. There wasn't a miss on here. Young Americans is a classic, and the rest ranged from solid to excellent. I'm skeptical that there needed to be 9 Bowie albums in this list, but so far so good

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Mon Jul 26 2021
5

Not quite Ziggy Stardust levels of good, but good. 9/10

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

David Bowie rated 5 stars. Such a great album!

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Mon Aug 09 2021
5

August 6, 2021 (Aug 16) Love some Bowie!

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Sun Sep 12 2021
5

Soul/Funk/R&B Bowie style. Great album, from start to finish. Fascination and Fame funky favourites.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
5

Yet another classical David Bowie album, perfect in every sense.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

This is quite an album. It showcases songs that have become absolute cultural icons - Young American, Fame - and others I am not as familiar with but are very good. Did not realize John Lennon was on this album, and I was not familiar with the Across the Universe cover.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
5

This album could just be the title track and "Fame" and it would be 5 stars. Everything else is just icing.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
5

Master desde la cuna.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Great album. Fame is popular, but I like Right

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Wed Nov 10 2021
5

Great album

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Fan fucking tastic

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Bowie is an absolute legend. Bowie can do no wrong.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Love this album. While Bowie's weirder and less accessible work will always be my favorite, this album just has such a great fun funky sound. Can't help but jam out to it. Bowie is a musical chameleon.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Perfect for a cocaine fueled dance party, orgy, or to get hyped for work.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

Amazing! Classic. m

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Really Great, super influential I'm sure.

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

What is there to say. Every song is a classic and Bowie was already a master at his craft by this point.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
5

Classic. Bowie’s a god

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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

This is an excellent David Bowie albums, one of my favorites. This is also possibly the most accessible album he ever made, one I would recommend to someone looking to get into Bowie's music (after Ziggy, of course). Bowie really embraces the soulful aspects of his style that were always there, and just goes for full tilt funk and soul on this album. The result is a collection of sexy, groove-filled songs with warm, rich arrangements. The album also performs the neat/difficult trick of being very much of its time, but only in the best ways, in large part because it never loses Bowie’s own avant-garde sensibility. It's mid-70s hip, but entirely unique and a harbinger of what other singers would be doing for years after this. Vocally, Bowie sounds looser and more relaxed than usual. He is supported by a strong group of musicians and singers, including the exceptional David Sanborn on sax and a then unknown Luther Vandross. All of this this adds up to some incredibly engaging music and two of the very best singles of Bowie’s career in “Young Americans” and “Fame.” “Fascination” is my favorite deep track, a personal favorite. Bowie would move on rather quickly from this style, but this was a delightful detour. Fave Songs (All songs, ranked from most to least favorite): Young Americans, Fame, Fascination, Win, Right, Across the Universe, Somebody Up There Likes Me, Can You Hear Me

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

Боуи великий

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

This album is a masterpiece. I will be returning to this one over and over again.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Two Bowies in a row! One of my favourite Bowie albums as well. I love everything that led to this album, a big change of pace towards soul following the Diamond Dogs era. There's a great documentary about backing singers called 20 Feet from Stardom which has a bit about Bowie's performance of Young Americans on the Dick Cavett show and how he worked with the backing singers so much in the writing process through the whole album. And he looked beautiful and had those huge shoulder pads. One of my favourite live videos. Magnificent.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

It's a Bowie album isn't it! Was well excited for this and it was excellent - especially the little Beatles nod. The only problem was I wanted to dance and fully enjoy the tunes and not sit at a desk working...

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

Very good stuff this.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

Genuine contender for his best album.

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Tue Feb 15 2022
5

5 of course

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Sat Feb 19 2022
5

I just love how he is able to just mash everything together and play it off like it is his life and how he always was and always will be.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

Bowie is brilliant

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

Such a great album as nearly all David Bowie's are. The title track and fame being stand out singles in Bowie's long career. You can however hear the exhaustion taking hold and sense of unrest within the music. The massive amounts of cocaine taking their toll as well. You can tell listening to this that Bowie was ready for another change which he did in the form of his partnering with Iggy Pop and then the Berlin Trilogy.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

Fuckinnnnn quality mate.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

the level of creativity flowing from this man for his entire career spanning decades is phenomenal

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

5.0 + Blue-eyed soul doesn’t sound like it could be cool but every song on here is awesome. Yet another genre bending triumph in David Bowie’s catalog and one of his best.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

Quite a jump from Diamond Dogs. Soulful, great arrangements especially for the backing vocals.

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Mon Apr 25 2022
5

Loved this. Really did. Was better than expected, and I expected good things. Bowie, at his peak, was a musical genius. This, from start to finish, was fantastic

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

Superb. I'd rate it six stars if that was an option.

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Fri May 13 2022
5

I've not listened to much of this bit of Bowie and it’s long overdue. This is brilliant.

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Fri May 27 2022
5

Is it enough that the title track is possibly the greatest album opener in the history of music? It might be but it doesn't have to be because this album also contains "Fascination" perhaps the grooviest song of all time (or at least the grooviest Bowie tune.) Also, "Fame" features an actual Beatle, so there's that. I know this isn't as beloved as the Berlin trilogy or as iconic as the Ziggy Stardust stuff or as popular as the "Let's Dance" album (I absolutely love all that stuff too by the way) but if I had to pick one favorite Bowie album, it would be this one and maybe that's weird but I don't care, "Young Americans" is my favorite David Bowie album.

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Sun May 29 2022
5

One of his greatest.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

Bowie is amazing. Have never listened to all the albums and this one is great

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Sat Jun 04 2022
5

I have not listened to the full album yet because I am too busy listening to the title track and replaying it but it is a BANGER! Def top 5 David Bowie albums Gotta love Fame, sad John Lennon is on it though

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Thu Jun 23 2022
5

I have yet to listen to a bad David Bowie album; I don't know if one exists. This one is certainly up there with some of the best. I'd heard the eponymous song 'Young Americans' and 'Fame' before and they're just pretty much perfect songs, but the entirety of the album is fantastic R&B/soul from a guy who wasn't, at the time, known for it. Bowie just has the talent to take in a new genre and roll with it, making some of the best music ever. Geez, what I would do to have that kind of talent.

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Sun Jul 03 2022
5

This is great, not sure how I hadn't heard it before. Reminded me of George Michael in a lot of places.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

10 Stars.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Great album. Fame is my jam

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

Classic Bowie potentially his best work

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

Classic Also forgot he did a cover of ‘across the universe’ by the beatles - noice

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

All time classic

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

DB is the best

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

Jævlig bra. Glede meg til den nye dokuen komme på kino

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

10/10 David Bowie’s GOATED my man straight up slays every album lol

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Really liked it

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Brilliant. Love Bowie

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

One of the greatest albums by David Bowie.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
5

Starts off with one of my favorite Bowie songs in "Young Americans" but follows up with other great hits in "Fame" and "Across the Universe". Great album and strong from start to finish. 9/10.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
5

10/10 love dadvidd bowie

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

I cannot believe it, but I'm going to give this David Bowie album a 5. Despite the roasting this album gets in the beginning of Parliament's Mothership Connection David Bowie, with the help of a Beatle, put together a great rock/funk fusion on this album. These songs are catchy, and very well produced. I already knew ("Young Americans" is a great opener and "Fame" is a lot of fun") and liked the hits but had never heard "Fascination" before and thought it was a great track. As an aside I think its pretty interesting that John Lennon personally appeared on two covers of his own songs (Across the Universe here and Elton John's "Lucy in the Sky"). I'd listen to this again.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

Amazing is the only word that does this album justice. The versatility of Bowie is just remarkabe and this album is like many of his pure masterpieces

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

Bowie goes Soul and its great (minus the Beatles Cover)

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Wed Nov 09 2022
5

The little alien reinvents himself again. This is one of my favorite Bowie albums (even though I love essentially all of them) because this is where Dave went "Hey let's slap some filthy sax on every one of those tracks". Also, I think this is Bowie at his most beautiful. Look at that album cover! Take that man out for some dinner, and make sure he eats more than milk and red bell peppers.

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Tue Dec 06 2022
5

the best

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Funk soul melody.... it’s what the thin white duke does best. Top record!!

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

Even though Bowie is kinda overrepresented on this list, all his albums here are fantastic, and this one is no different.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

2/2 Youthful and vibrant. Standout Tracks: Young Americans, Win, Across the Universe

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Sat Mar 20 2021
4

7.5/10 Ft: fascination

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Mon Dec 07 2020
4

This is probably my favorite Bowie album.

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Thu Nov 12 2020
4

This was a good listen but some of the funky tracks were a little same-sounding to each other

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Fri Nov 06 2020
4

My kind of Bowie. You can see where Elastica got some of their inspiration from

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Wed Nov 04 2020
4

Funky, First Bowie listening experience too late in life. Didn't know what to expect but weird, creepy, psychedelic vibes are working for me

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Favorite so far. Short and sweet, only 8 songs. I'd heard the title track, fame, and the original 'across the universe'. I like all those a lot, otherwise the album was average. More upbeat rock then the other albums I've gotten

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Funky, cool, classic Bowie.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Classic.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Soulful

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Es un gran disco que en primer lugar demuestra la capacidad de Bowie de prácticamente cambiar de género y seguir haciendo algo que suena perfecto. En lo personal me gusta más la época de Glam o Rockandroll, pero de todas maneras el sonido de R&B, Soul y Funk que trae este disco es una chulada. Me encanto el cover a Across The Universe porque transofrma una canción que es hippie y con su onda hindú a algo totalmente Soul súperelaborado. Por otro lado, Fame tiene un algo, que no sé identificar, que hace que me caiga mal.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Aunque Bowie es raro creo que este disco es el mas raro, su incursión por la música dominada por Afroamericanos es magnífica. Si no fuera por su peculiar voz y estilo ni me hubiera percatado de que era un disco de Bowie. Gran disco y deja claro lo multifacético que era el cabrón.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

Could’ve been a 5 if not for that Across The Universe massacre

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

Started out this album thinking what is it with Bowie and this kind of jazzy overproduced pop, why is this the huge deal but as a whole it really is such an iconic rock sound of it's era. Superb deceptively simple lyrics too.

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Good, not my kind of album

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

More "funk" than other Bowie. The saxaphone is smooth and not as piercing. Easy listening compared to what I usually listen to..

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Finding out that a) I know more Bowie than I realized and b) he’s got a haunting sound similar to that of Jeff Buckley...

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

The hits from this album are as big as ever but I’m surprised by some that I hadn’t ever heard. “Right” is great, funky bass and rhythm. No Ziggy on this one. For better or worse. 4.5

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Half good

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Bowie is always great

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

loved his cover of across the universe.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

Este Bowie es mucho más fácil de consumir y me gusta mucho. Buenos arreglos con el piano y el sax. No todas las canciones son extraordinarias, resaltan para mi Right y Fascination. Young Americans y Fame son las obligadas y eso es la mitad del disco ya, sin embargo el cover de Across no me encanta y las demás están bien. 4 estrellas.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
4

4.2 classic Bowie, 2 songs I couldn’t listen to

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

It's Bowie. It's good.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Not really my jam, but a couple good tunes

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

this album straight fucks

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

Loved it! Great stuff!

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Already have listened❤️

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Fine? Spotify didn’t have all of it. Not sure I love Fame from that album

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Mon Jan 18 2021
4

Released in 1975 it moved away from Glam and you can hear influences from blues, soul mixed with rock origins. Standout tracks for me title track and Fame.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

A Bowie high mark

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

The regular hits are great, plus I really like the song Win. Apparently not a well-liked Bowie album but considered very influential.

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Sat Jan 30 2021
4

David Sanborn really adds a lot to the album from the very first song. His licks in the background make the song so much better. Although I didn’t dislike any songs, so though Win was kind of boring. Fascination is a great funk song and I love the effects on the sax. The cover of Across the Universe is good although I don’t like it as much as the Beatles version. Favorite songs: Young Americans, Fascination, Somebody up There Likes Me, Fame Least favorite song: Win Decent 8/10

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Blue eyed soul and plastic funk. Best Tracks, Young Americans, Somebody Up There Likes Me , Fame.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Not my favorite entry of Bowie's, but blue-eyed soul Bowie is more than a novelty. He does the genres justice, and I think blends R&B, Soul, and Rock typically deftly, even if the songwriting isn't on par with previous or subsequent records. I love it, but it's without a doubt a cocaine-driven transitional record between the Ziggy era and the Berlin Years-two iterations i prefer to this one. Fascination stood out to me as a forgotten bop.

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Tue Feb 23 2021
4

Good. Not the best Bowie has to offer course- heavily funk influenced some songs were forgettable though

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Tue Apr 06 2021
4

Really liked this, love the title track and Fame. Didn't like the cover of Across the Universe, but the drums on it were good

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Certainly a solid Bowie album. 8.4/10 Best Tracks: "Young Americans" "Fame"

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

Bowie does soul. Solid album! “Fame” is a banger and a half!

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

It's Bowie, what more can you say

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

Not my favourite Bowie, but still good Bowie

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Wed Jul 07 2021
4

Cool. Bowie exudes cool throughout this whole record. Lots of funk, soul and jazz influences on every track. Plus, we get a Beatles cover AND a Beatle!

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Can’t go wrong with Bowie

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Fri Jun 04 2021
4

Classic, not one of my favourites but I love the sound of this Bowie era.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
4

Fame is my favourite song, I think I might do it for karaoke. Maybe not. But I love the lush American glam vibe Bowie has in this album of the late 70s. V sexy.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

It's not one of his most iconic albums but but I do like a bit of Bowie. Nothing mindblowing but a solid, enjoyable album that I'd probably buy if I came across in a charity shop

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Even though this isn't the genre I typically listen to, the energy of this album made me want to get up and dance. Particularly liked the trumpet/brass instruments and the powerful vocals.

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

I was a little disappointed by this compared to Ziggy Stardust, but it was still a very good album. 8/10

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Canvi de paradigma per Bowie, que malgrat les novetats i la influència de les drogues continua inspirat al màxim i en plena època per emmarcar dins la seva carrera. N'hi haurà millros discos abans i després, però continua sent dels més reivindicables de la seva carrera

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

Never got into all of Bowie's stuff but his hits are timeless.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

If you refer to my Heroes review you’ll note my assertion that Young Americans is one of my fave Bowie albums. So now you’re thinking, ‘alright big shot, pull down your kecks and swing it for us.’ The real charm of this is the whole thing is so damned fun. It all feels like a big old celebration. There are some beautiful soul like backing vocals across the whole thing. It’s hella 80s but doesn’t feel stuck in the time or formulaic. I’ve gotta be in a certain mood to stick this on so it doesn’t make a 5 as I believe 5s must transcend moods.

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

Very enjoyable. Title track is great, other songs are slightly below it quality-wise but are still quite good. Overall good album I will definitelly return to.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

This is a different type of Bowie album. It is still really good.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
4

Love a bit of Bowie, sounds quite experimental for its time. Not my favourite album of his but still got some great tunes on there.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Love Bowie but prefer Diamond Dogs.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

Bowie doing Philly soul? What's not to like?

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Tue Sep 14 2021
4

Bowie in transition. Always surprised he didn't stick with this sound for a couple more albums being as it was successful commercially, but he just kept on mutating. This is like a sort of musical palette cleanser between main courses/phases of his career. Also, definitely worth pairing this with the "Gouster" outtakes of the same period from the "Who Can I Be Now" box set.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Surprisingly loved this one.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Good!

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

Not one of my favourite Bowie albums (except for the title track, which I love) but still better than most albums or there.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Man, there' s a lot of juicy sax on this album. And a trippy Beatles cover. And even a John Lennon collab. This is about as 70s Bowie as it gets.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

grande bowie

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

It's David bowie. It's a 4 event if It's garbage. This one is not garbage.

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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

This was pretty good

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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

Fame was the outstanding track for me but I did enjoy the album so low 4*

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

I love Bowie. This one is a good one, can't wait for his next in the list. He was just showing off on this album. What an artist.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
4

I’m a bigger fan of the Thin White Duke than other Bowies, but Luther Vandross was a backup singer on this album. I mean, damn.

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

Bowie does "plastic soul"? Yeah, I'm here for it! I do love an artist that explores different genres, and Bowie's somewhat of an archetype in that area. Fave track - "Fame" is awesome, obvs. The overwrought cover of "Across the Universe" is good for a laugh. "John, I'm Only Dancing" is a bonus track, but it's great, so I'm mentioning it...

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Tue Oct 19 2021
4

A great Bowie album. I enjoy the foray into plastic/blue eyed soul.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
4

Not peak peak Bowie, but still peak Bowie.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

I was never a big David Bowie fan, but I can't deny he was a musical genius. This album is from his "plastic soul" days, but I think the plastic soul label is a bit misleading as these songs are quality work. Didn't care for the cover of Across the Universe, which is one of my all-time favorite songs, but otherwise good stuff. Play that funky music white boy! 4 stars.

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

First Bowie album since I've started. The Sax player and the backup singers definitely earned their paycheques on this album. Opens with Young Americans, closes with Fame, and then in between are songs most people may not be familiar with. Overall this album is less "weird" Bowie and more songs that would be considered traditional 80s jazzy/soulful rock ballads. Didn't like the Beatles cover, the original has a great dreamlike tone and this one there's a lot of force behind which I don't think translates well. Overall good album.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Everything sounds like goodbye moonmen

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

Cool smooth Bowie with very little lowlights. Fame is an absolute banger👌🙌

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

not my favorite bowie album but its great

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Classic and amazing.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Yndislegt stöff <3

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

It's ridiculous really... Any other artist, and this would be a career high. With Bowie it might just scrape the top 10 (better than Heathen, worse than Earthling...) It's a bit fixed in its tempo, too much sax, not enough invention. It's almost as if cocaine affects quality control. However, with Bowie this means a four star album - if you compare with Oasis or the Stone Roses who went from 5 stars to 1 in the space of an album for the same reason it's a testament to his talent! Ultimately, the only track I'd make my first choice to listen to off this album is Fame. There's more great stuff on there, but that's it - Bully for you, chilly for me.

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Ofboðslega góð plata ! Kom mér eiginlega á óvart hvað platan í heild sinni var góð!

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

classic vibes

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Well it is certainly obvious the stark themes of Bowie albums. This is certainly funk and soul and I certainly liked it a lot and enjoyed listening to some news ones to me. A couple blurred in a bit for me, hard differentiate, which is why its a 4*

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

I have loved David Bowie since I was a child (he’s my most scrobbled artist at over 8k) and the Young Americans album has only gotten better with time. It is a frequent go-to for me. Also, “Fame” on great headphones is an experience.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

It might not be his greatest, but it's very good

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Album gustoso. David magnetico.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Can't go wrong with Bowie. "Young Americans" is such a good song. I might actually like this album more than Hunky Dory. I can't choose which song is the best. "It's Gonna Be Me" Is actually so good. Need more time to think about this one. High, high 4

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

"Have been the un-American? (ooh) Just you and your idol sing falsetto (ooh) 'Bout Leather, leather everywhere, and Not a myth left from the ghetto Well, well, well, would you carry a razor (ooh) In case, just in case of depression? (ooh) Sit on your hands on a bus of survivors Blushing at all the Afro-Sheeners Ain't that close to love? Well, ain't that poster love? Well, it ain't that Barbie doll Her hearts have been broken just like you" (Young Americans) "Wear your wound with honor, make someone proud Someone like you should not be allowed To start any fires" (Win) No es de los discos de Bowie que más me gustan, pero sigue siendo estupendo y yo me voy a pasar pensando en la cita de "Win" el resto del día.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Better than I was expecting. Kind of funky, bits of disco, and not as cheesy as I thought. Beatles cover not for me though...

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Oh hell yes. Young Americans is a GROOVE. This whole album is a great reinvention of Bowie out of the glam and into soul. again proves that Bowie is the ultimate musical chameleon. The Across The Universe cover is killer. Fame is a great funk closer.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

Classic Bowie

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

A few amazing songs, but feels flat in a lot of places

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Sun Mar 06 2022
4

Nobody did it better than Bowie. 4.5/5

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

A much stronger album than I thought. There's four or five really first-rate songs on the two biggies plus fascination, win and Right. 4 🌟

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

There's so charming about this record. Not this best, but pretty solid. Bowie can't miss!

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Amazing album by Bowie.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Bowie's "plastic soul" album was overall just a fun album to listen to. You can hear the R&B and Soul influences, and yet it also sounds very Bowie. There isn't a track on the album that feels out of place! Definitely recommend listening!

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Another solid David Bowie album. This one is more pop heavy and nothing too crazy but it’s succinct and enjoyable. A good cover of a Beatles song and a couple of classics on this. Bowie is pretty special when it comes to consistent albums. 7.9/10

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

When this album came out I would have given it 5 stars. But now that it's been out 47 years the novelty has worn off. The high lights out weigh the mediocre here. With the worst song being "Across The Universe" Other wise a splendid time for all

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