It’s David Bowie
Some of his classics and a very Bowie Beatles cover is on this album. He’s a legend for a reason
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
Bowie does it again. A masterpiece and an ESSENTIAL soul reinvention in his discography. "Fame" is a PERFECT song.
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.
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.
“It remains a beloved bright spot in a discography with more than its share."
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 ❤️
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.
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
Wow. This album is awesome. Again I found myself completely unfamiliar with the work of the artist, and I seriously dug this album.
Not my favorite from him but it’s hard to go wrong with Bowie
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Incredible synth funk
One my favs since I was a kid.
Spotify only had the 2016 remaster Didn't know Bowie sang Young Americans.
Really like this album
Classics that you can listen to all the time.
Heard this before, great album
Didn't realize some of these songs were Bowie...!
It’s so good. Even the deep cuts are fantastic, but the singles are otherworldly.
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.
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.
It’s Bowie, you can’t go wrong really
Groovy, especially 'Fame'. Did not know that John Lennon helped write/record that.
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
Not quite Ziggy Stardust levels of good, but good. 9/10
David Bowie rated 5 stars. Such a great album!
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Soul/Funk/R&B Bowie style. Great album, from start to finish. Fascination and Fame funky favourites.
Yet another classical David Bowie album, perfect in every sense.
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.
This album could just be the title track and "Fame" and it would be 5 stars. Everything else is just icing.
Master desde la cuna.
Great album. Fame is popular, but I like Right
Fan fucking tastic
Bowie is an absolute legend. Bowie can do no wrong.
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.
Perfect for a cocaine fueled dance party, orgy, or to get hyped for work.
Amazing! Classic. m
Really Great, super influential I'm sure.
What is there to say. Every song is a classic and Bowie was already a master at his craft by this point.
Classic. Bowie’s a god
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
This album is a masterpiece. I will be returning to this one over and over again.
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.
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...
Very good stuff this.
Genuine contender for his best album.
5 of course
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.
Bowie is brilliant
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.
Fuckinnnnn quality mate.
the level of creativity flowing from this man for his entire career spanning decades is phenomenal
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.
Quite a jump from Diamond Dogs. Soulful, great arrangements especially for the backing vocals.
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
Superb. I'd rate it six stars if that was an option.
I've not listened to much of this bit of Bowie and it’s long overdue. This is brilliant.
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.
Funk soul melody.... it’s what the thin white duke does best. Top record!!
Even though Bowie is kinda overrepresented on this list, all his albums here are fantastic, and this one is no different.
2/2 Youthful and vibrant. Standout Tracks: Young Americans, Win, Across the Universe
7.5/10 Ft: fascination
This is probably my favorite Bowie album.
This was a good listen but some of the funky tracks were a little same-sounding to each other
My kind of Bowie. You can see where Elastica got some of their inspiration from
Funky, First Bowie listening experience too late in life. Didn't know what to expect but weird, creepy, psychedelic vibes are working for me
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
Funky, cool, classic Bowie.
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.
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.
Could’ve been a 5 if not for that Across The Universe massacre
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.
Good, not my kind of album
More "funk" than other Bowie. The saxaphone is smooth and not as piercing. Easy listening compared to what I usually listen to..
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...
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
Bowie is always great
loved his cover of across the universe.
4.2 classic Bowie, 2 songs I couldn’t listen to
It's Bowie. It's good.
Not really my jam, but a couple good tunes
this album straight fucks
Loved it! Great stuff!
Already have listened❤️
Fine? Spotify didn’t have all of it. Not sure I love Fame from that album
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.
A Bowie high mark
The regular hits are great, plus I really like the song Win. Apparently not a well-liked Bowie album but considered very influential.
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
Blue eyed soul and plastic funk. Best Tracks, Young Americans, Somebody Up There Likes Me , Fame.
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.
Good. Not the best Bowie has to offer course- heavily funk influenced some songs were forgettable though
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
Certainly a solid Bowie album. 8.4/10 Best Tracks: "Young Americans" "Fame"
Bowie does soul. Solid album! “Fame” is a banger and a half!
It's Bowie, what more can you say
Not my favourite Bowie, but still good Bowie
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!
Can’t go wrong with Bowie
Classic, not one of my favourites but I love the sound of this Bowie era.
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.
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
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.
I was a little disappointed by this compared to Ziggy Stardust, but it was still a very good album. 8/10
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
Never got into all of Bowie's stuff but his hits are timeless.
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.
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.
This is a different type of Bowie album. It is still really good.
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.
Love Bowie but prefer Diamond Dogs.
Bowie doing Philly soul? What's not to like?
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.
Surprisingly loved this one.
Not one of my favourite Bowie albums (except for the title track, which I love) but still better than most albums or there.
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.
It's David bowie. It's a 4 event if It's garbage. This one is not garbage.
This was pretty good
Fame was the outstanding track for me but I did enjoy the album so low 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.
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.
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...
A great Bowie album. I enjoy the foray into plastic/blue eyed soul.
Not peak peak Bowie, but still peak Bowie.
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.
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.
Everything sounds like goodbye moonmen
Cool smooth Bowie with very little lowlights. Fame is an absolute banger👌🙌
not my favorite bowie album but its great
Classic and amazing.
Yndislegt stöff <3
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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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*
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.
It might not be his greatest, but it's very good
Album gustoso. David magnetico.
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
"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.
Better than I was expecting. Kind of funky, bits of disco, and not as cheesy as I thought. Beatles cover not for me though...
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.
A few amazing songs, but feels flat in a lot of places
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 🌟
There's so charming about this record. Not this best, but pretty solid. Bowie can't miss!
Amazing album by Bowie.
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!
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
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
Not sure why i was surprised to enjoy it so much. Great stuff
It's Bowie! - First in I am sure a list of. Didn't really care for the cover of Across The Universe, Young Americans and Fame are just standard classics now but I like Win quite a lot as well.
Great album! Who doesn’t like Fame. Why didn’t the album start with that song? Also, Bowie makes saxophones sound good unlike Springsteen.
Few can make a sax sound cool on a rock album, but by jove Bowie’s done it!
Some brilliant tracks, not quite 10/10 for me though.
Bowie's Funk/Soul record. I love the singles. A pretty good listen all the way through. Not my favorite Bowie record.
What's this?? Me not immediately slapping a 5 on our first Bowie album? I ADORE this album, there are bops from start to finish, attempting to sing all of the bits from Right all at once is one of my favourite past times, songs like Young Americans and Fame are absolutely top tier, BUT!!! I think it's just a little bit off from the other Bowie albums on this list! (also the cover of Across the Universe has always grated me a little bit, perhaps I've been spoiled by the Fiona Apple version which will always be my favourite version)
David Bowie pourrait faire un album de pets et j’aimerais ça. 😂 En fait c’est comme un exercice de style mais sa touche rend le tout intéressant. Ce n’est pas son meilleur album, mais ça s’écoute très bien. Young Americans et Fame sont des incontournables.
Olis varmaan pitäny antaa Ziggy Stardustille 5/5, kun tääkin on nyt 4/5 mutta sitä huonompi. Pehmeää Bowieta, toimiihan tämä.
Definitely not one of Bowie's stronger efforts. The album has its charms, including his inspired cover of 'Across the Universe', but overall, this isn't up to his usual level.
Great record, though it kind of sounds like the soundtrack to Saturday Night Live sometimes; Fame is one of the greatest Bowie songs of all time
7/10 . Solid Album
Bra stuff, fin plass å starte med båvvie
Decent. Better than the other Bowie album this site offered.
Very 70s. Cover of Across the Universe is godawful.
Ok, le daré un 3 a este disco. Me gustó que es un poco más 'Funk', y no se siente tan pesado de escuchar. Tengo sentimientos mezclados sobre la versión Across the Universe. El arreglo de la canción está padre, pero no me gusta que en algunas partes usa su "voz espacial" toda pretenciosa. Definitivamente volvería a escuchar el disco, por eso lo califico con tres.
Bowie provides some funk but not quite enough to label it as such, also the Beatles cover throws me off.
not my favorite bowie but still pretty cool. catchy but not as consistent. It's cool to see him switch his style up, but it's clear it's not as honed as it could be. Maybe his later projects in this style will have catchier songwriting and more polished instrumentation. favorite songs: young americans across the universe fame
i don’t think i’ve ever actually listened to bowie other than “heroes” and the other, obvious singles. definitely a different vibe than i figured. after some incredibly brief research, i found out that this was a change from bowie’s previous glam rock style and leaned more towards an r&b and soul vibe.
I like this album... I want to love it and be cool and call myself a huge Bowie fan. But besides the singles not much else got me too amped... I like the Across the Universe cover. Someone Up There Likes Me is fun. If I gave this higher than a 3 I think I'd be faking the funk to try and look cool.
This isn't my favorite Bowie period. That being said, I still enjoy the album.
This was an eclectic sounding record I have to say, from the music to the lyrics. First time ever hearing it. Top 3 Win, Fame, and Can you Hear Me. 3 of 5
Fair to good Bowie. Fame is the highlight. Liked that he covered a Lennon song while having him guest on a different tune.
Gotta love fashion and style maven Bowie for his chameleon-like changes every few albums. The only other musician that I can think of that does it as well is Neil Young and he's a bloody legend also. However, in this "Soul" phase apart from the wonderful single Young Americans and the lovely song Right, this album has quite a few misses, especially the execrable Fame. Gawd I hate that song. So some great, some bad, some ok means this is 3 stars from me.
Very 70's sounding. Reminded me of porn in some places. I rarely listen to these Bowie tunes so it was surprising to hear them again. This isn't my favorite stuff from him.
Feels like unknown or early (though not really at all) bowie. I never listened to him much honestly outside of his hits. I liked it enough to play it again. Album had some pleasant songs, maybe one or two I recognized. I liked it fine, but I feel pretty neutral about it over all.
it has few of his most famous hits.
Some interesting tunes that never were appreciated.
This is my least favorite Bowie album of the 70s. There are some great songs, especially Right, and not too many artists can say that James Brown “sampled” one of their songs, but the softer soulful numbers don’t do it for me and I never liked the title track. I would give it a 4 but the cover of Across the Universe is SO out of place, unlike the Stones cover on Aladdin Sane.
Across the Universe. Funk, sax..
Hmmm, couple of tracks saved this from being a 2/5
_Young Americans_ - hmm! Apparently this album was the first non-glam record for Bowie, and the record itself has an interesting history. _Young Americans_ and _Fame_ are the songs that stand out, the rest...don’t.
Bowie's first "funk" foray. "Fame" is a groovin' classic!
I didn't think I liked Bowie albums, just his good songs. But this was good. Enjoyable all the way through. Interesting.
Good Bowie album, not my favourite. Would be 3.5 if that existed
I mostly enjoyed this, I've discovered the closer Bowie gets to his "Fame" vibe the more I enjoy him. Big tune.
I can't believe I'm giving Bowie a rating I would give to mere mortals. The hits never really rocked my boat which resulted in my not listening to the album much. It's a good listen but, for me, I can't give a higher rating.
was cool, but i dont feel like it was bowie's best
It sure is Bowie. Lukewarm on this one
fine. meh. it played 80s music for the rest of the day. i want to like bowie more.
Good Bowie album. Love that Fame is the closer song
Not a big Bowie fan, and don't think this is his best, shocking beatles cover.
Perhaps it’s a grower
Schon gut aber nicht ganz unverwechselbar groß
Gutes Album, aber mir zu einförmig, bleibt weniger hängen!
Okay. Young Americans fantastic track
Great sound quality, i didn't know this album. It wasn't riveting.
Some great hits but the others weren’t that impressive
David Bowie og masser af saxofon, what's not to like? Måske at det er David Bowie og lidt for meget saxofon. 3 stjerner, måske 4 på en god dag.
Not Bowie's best.
More saxophone than I expected
Unusual style, interesting lyrics. I may liaten again.
It was alright, but not fantastic. I've probably only heard a few songs from this album before but I probably wouldn't remember them if I had heard them at some point. The majority of the album was quite forgettable. Except the Beatles cover. I'll try in vain to forget that one!
Not the best David Bowie Album
A nice album. I was reading that Bowie catalogued this as a phase after having done extensive touring across the US and getting more into soul music. As far as I know there are not any other albums from him that take on this style of music as much as this one. And he does it quite nicely for having come from such different styles over his previous albums.
good album, love david bowie, like the jazzy and soul influences. the songs are very long though
The two singles are classics, but the rest is quite forgettable. Not a fan of his Lennon cover either.
Not one of his best, but still a few classics on here
I enjoyed this more this time than when it came up previously in my personal list. High 3 star but not quite 4.
Not for me. Kudo's for bowie sound/style
First and last songs are probably the best, but this isn't quite the best Bowie era for me. It has those glimmers of greatness but isn't quite there yet for me. 3.5 down to 3.
Again slightly underwhelmed by Bowie. The hits are good though.
This isn't my favourite Bowie album but I still enjoyed it. Didn't much care for the cover of Across the Universe but other than that a solid listen.
Pop rock. No está mal
ну норм, но по музыке если честно не понимаю чо его так все боготворят. Вроде с муз точки зрения все обычно по звуку, наверно скорее за образ, стиль и вот это вот всё
Some gems, some filler. Ahead of the curve as ever and slightly odd for the Thin White Duke to predict the urban sould of the early 80's.
I liked the funky vibes of this one more than the other Bowie albums I've heard, but he's still just not my thing.
Surprised to find I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would. Not a bad album, but not the endless great tracks i was expecting I suppose
I’m sure a lot of deep Bowie fans are going to spit and want to slap me, but Young Americans is not a complete must hear. “Fame” is the only gem, and the title track is embarrassing. There also other good songs, in this album. (5/10) FT: Fame, Across the Universe, Young Americans
Está bueno, aunque no es uno de mis favoritos.
Qué bueno que no había nacido todavía porque todavía no le entendía del todo al Davidbowismo.
-"Young Americans" is good and catchy -I like the funky groove in "Fascination" -The cover of "Across The Universe" was cool -"Fame" is quite catchy, but not mind blowing. I like the low voice bit at the end -Idk just not the most interesting stuff from David Bowie here
great title track, hard to maintain the enthusiasm after that
This is not my style but I'm glad I listened to it. I've never stopped to listen to David Bowie.
Not a fan of his singing, but the songs are reasonably well written
Meh, I know that Bowie = change, but this one is rather boring.
Fame is one of my favourite Bowie songs ever - but the rest of the album is a little ho-hum
Not my favorite style for Bowie. It's still pretty good though. The opening and closing track were hits for a reason. Absolute ear worms. Overall it's worth a listen once in a while I suppose. I'd rather go with glam Bowie or Berlin trilogy Bowie in most instances.
I think I prefer older glam rock period David Bowie more than his soul-inspired era. Lots of good saxophone parts though. I think I prefer the back half of the album to the front. Favorites: Somebody Up There Likes Me, Can You Hear Me, Fame
White boy tries funk, mostly gets the gist. Story at 8.
Young Americans by David Bowie (1975) It’s probably just a matter of taste, but I personally prefer this funky R&B sound over David Bowie’s earlier sci/fi ‘space persona’ material. On Young Americans, Bowie takes up more mature themes and shows greater compositional depth and more solid collaborative arrangements and production. These features are evident chiefly in the two very nice hits from this album, “Young Americans” and “Fame”. With stylish backing vocals designed by then-unknown Luther Vandross, the opening track “Young Americans” cooks without boiling over. And teaming up with John Lennon (during his blessed 18-month hiatus from Yoko Ono), Bowie exposes the downside of rock stardom in “Fame” with groove and more than a little panache. This collaboration, however, is not as successful on their joint cover of “Across the Universe”. Yuck. As for the rest of the album, there are lush and elaborate settings (“Win”, “Fascination”, “Can You Hear Me”) for some seriously reflective lyrical motifs. The backing vocals on “Can You Hear Me” are angelic. Bowie’s voice on this album is simply entertaining—not as self absorbed as his previous work. “Somebody Up There Loves Me” at least gets me thinking about the mystery of the Incarnation, even if that almost certainly wasn’t the intent. This blast from the past is suitable background music for cleaning up after a party. Or driving through the car wash. Or packing away your summer clothes for the winter. Or paying bills. But not for riding in an elevator. People would think you’re weird. 3/5
Very interesting sound. Clearly, he was very talented, but I did find this album a little repetitive. The only song that I enjoy fully on the album is Fame.
Not my favorite from Bowie but an enjoyable listen.
Never been my kind of music
Ever since I was a kid I never got the whole Bowie thing. Growing up I started to appreciate his talent as a musican and songwriter, and I can jam with a lot of the instrumentation on this album; the soul and r&b influences are cool, the tracks are good. But I still don't like his vocals. It leads to this juxtaposition, with this strained white guy voice crooning over these groovy tracks, making them less groovy, and makes the whole thing sound like a poor imitation. Only Fame kind of gets it. Probably because his vocals are sparse.
Someone should parody "Fascination" with "Vaccination"
I thought this album was really solid. Young Americans is an excellent opening to this album and I would add Somebody Up There Loves Me to playlists of mine to listen to every now and then.
I enjoyed this album much more than the previous Bowie album. Young Americans and Fame were both great listens and overall I enjoyed the entire album.
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.
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.
a nice disco pop album from the mid 70s. very in tune with the times it feels like.
Bowie moving away from glam rock towards a more soul/r 'n' b sound and giving us Fame & Young Americans. It's not perfect, hell, as an album it's not even that great. But I get it's inclusion.
Not my favorite Bowie album, but not a bad one either, and even mid-tier Bowie is better than most of the albums on this list.
Far from his best, but a decent record with a few of the tracks doing most of the heavy lifting. Quality and timbre of Bowie's voice does alternately grate against and work well with the music, but the overall production and composition is solid
Another day, another Bowie album. Like most I can take it or leave it. It's a nice album to listen to but nothing that really makes me want to come back to it.
Faaaaaame. How was that the closer to the album? Huh.
not good not bad, would give a 2.5 if i could
It's Bowie, it's fun enough. It's not a masterpiece, but it doesn't suck. Listened to the whole thing without groaning once. 3/5.
Fun listen! Look forward to other Bowie albums.
ehhhh nothing was entirely wrong with this album but i didn’t love it. his voice got a tad obnoxious at some points but it was overall meh.
easy listening, easily forgotten though too I reckon
I like the funk/soul sound of the record, but found that most of the songs did not hit too hard on any sort of emotion. Feels like decent beats with some sort of vague, generic lyrics sung over and repeated. 5/10
David Bowie does saxy soul. He really commits to it, but it still feels like a bit of a pastiche. 3/5
Not as good as some of Bowie's other albums, but Young Americans, Somebody Up There Likes Me and Fame are classics.
Cool bass on John, I'm only dancing. Fame is an absolute belter. Across the Universe is just sad though, and there wasn't enough gold in the rest of the album.
Bowie! Such a great record, coming out of the glam era into something different.
*she said she said *good day sunshine
Enjoyed overall. If I found the LP for like 5 bucks, I’d pick it it!
White boy tries funk, ...mostly gets the gist. Story at 8.
It's got some really good bits at the start, some really good bits at the end and the middle bits are also there.
Not Bowie's best. Side 1 has some interminable neo-soul meanderings alongside the title track, which is a right jam. Then side 2 takes the storytelling folk style of what Bowie did near the start of his career, and applies this modern, for the mid-70s, sheen to it, before finishing with another jam in Fame.
Not my favourite Bowie album at all. Probably only a 3 because it's Bowie, i preferred the periods before and after
Love Bowie. The mega-hits, Young Americans and Fame, from this album are hits for a reason. Most of this album leaned way in on the saxophone and just didn't really really grab me. This feels like a transition period away from the early 70s glam phase to something more inspired by disco maybe? Not as good as the previous handful of albums.
This is not my favorite Bowie album, not by a long shot. The singles are great, the rest is forgettable or maybe even bad.
I say I'm a Bowie fan but in reality I only listen to 4 of his albums and this isn't one of them. It's good but If I'm in the mood for blue-eyed soul I'm going for Hall and Oates. Wish we could give 1/2 ratings, this would be a 3.5 for me.
Han har verkligen gjort så många hits?? Men inte hans bästa platta
Great musicianship as always with Bowie, but with a somewhat conventional direction here. Influenced by classic soul to some degree, and with famous hits like Fame and the title track. However, lacking a lot of the alternative experimental elements that make the greatest Bowie albums… great. So quite average in this respect.
Over 100 albums in and we've got our first Bowie, fancy seeing you here The opening and closing tracks are both great, and I like the overall stylistic shift of the album, but everything in the middle is kind of... well, mid.
After waiting this long for a Bowie album I expected a little bit more tbh. It's a fun album, and Fame is a bop and a half, but some of the songs are a bit crap and his voice can be a little annoying at times (sorry Chloe). I do think the rest of his albums on this list will only get better tho
No johan on kun Bowien joku 10. paraskin levy mahtuu listalle. No kelpaahan tämä, hitit tässä etenkin skulaa.
Vähän ehkä hidas ja jotenkin jammailun olonen mun makuun, vaikka bowie on ihan jees.
Tätä bowien levyy ei oo kauheesti tullu kuunneltuu jos yksittäisii sinkkuja ei lasketa. Kiinnostavalta tuntuu toi Lennonin läsnäolo. En ehkä osaa arvioida tätä vielä tällä kuuntelulla kunnolla. Vaatii siis ehdottomasti lisää tutustumista. Näin alkuun siis positiiviset vibat mutta ei ihan riitä sinne lempparilevyihin — ainakaan vielä. 3/5
Taas meni vähän ohi mistä kaikki hössötys
I appreciate hearing new david bowie but this album wasn’t really my vibe
Underwhelming. A couple good tracks but mostly blah.
funky and soul bowie. an enjoyable listen, flows nicely. no stand out songs though.
Not really my thing. The last song "Fame" was the only one that felt like it had any soul to it. The rest was fairly generic to me. This may be a result of me not listening to it "in the moment" and thus appreciating any novelty or inspiration given to future artists.
Good titular opening track. For a short album of only 8 tracks, most songs felt like they dragged out longer than they should have. The funk infused bass, guitar, and sax was welcome. This took a hard left turn at Across the Universe and started to lose coherency afterward, but came back around and closed strong with Fame.
Pierwszy artysta ktory dorobil sie podwojnego albumiku na liscie 1001 muzyk, to Bowie, dodatkowo album rowniez z kokainowego okresu tworczosci, ale w odroznienu od station to station jest to apogeum ciagu bialego wegorza i skok na funkowa wode grana jedynie przez murzynskich artystow w tamtych czasach, gatunek nazwali niebieskookim soulem, zeby nie mowic ze jest bialy, bo przeciez brzydko by to brzmialo, a sam bowie okreslal go jako plastikowy soul, czyli bez koloru skory ponad podzialami rasowymi, ciekawe jest rowniez to co sam mowil pytany w wywiadach o ten albumik "the phoniest R&B I've ever heard. If I ever would have got my hands on that record when I was growing up I would have cracked it over my knee" dosc dobrze oddaje to moje uczucia po przesluchaniu , bo nie jest to ani zaden koncept do jakich przyzwyczail w innych albumkach, nie jest to szczyt wokalnych skillow, bo bialy ciag znaczace wplynal na jego wokale, a jest to album ktory byl konercyjnym sukcesem, bo trafil w gusta muzyczne i to ze ludzie czekali na to az bialy czlek bedzie robil czarna muzyke, personel tez dobrze trafiony, slychac czarne chorkowanie dziewczat, stukanie bebenka, sakse, wiec jest tak jak byc powinno, ale jednak jest to jedna z najslabszych pozycji w dyskografii Bowiego, na plejke wrzucam tytulowych young americans
Never one of my favourite Bowie eras. It's fine.
Never made it through the first song. I tried twice.
Oof. You can tell this is from 1975. I feel like someone is trying to mix together rock and disco.
I'm familiar with individual tracks from Bowie, such as "Young Americans" and "Fame" from this album. I haven't listened to full albums. A little much on the saxophone, a few creepy lyrics and an overall sound that doesn't draw me in. I hate these albums where I'm not sure if it's "okay" (3 stars) or if I didn't like it enough to say "don't like" (2 stars)
Not my favorite Bowie. Fame is funky and dark, but the soul sound is less interesting to me than other Bowie hits I'm familiar with. Some great backing vocals though.
Kinda disappointed with this one. I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as I thought I would. Definitely not the best from Bowie.
2 good songs the rest not
never really liked Bowie
Ikke den store oplevelse. Et par enkelte funky numre bl.a. Fame, men ikke vildere begejstret.
Five hours at Ventnor Botanic Gardens. Would happily do it all again. Steely Dan provided the soundtrack - Countdown to Ecstasy.
Am I going to give this 3 stars (because it’s Bowie)? Or 2 stars (because, bar the opening and the closing tracks, nothing caught my ears - whilst I have no doubts of Bowie’s genius for taste-making and breaking new ground, it’s hard to find anything compelling in that new ground being broken. Is that the lot of the forerunner? To create something that will inevitably be surpassed by those who follow in the scanty track you beat through the brush? Experimentation and marked departures are vital, of course, but the product will be just that: experimental and a marked departure. That doesn’t equal good. Fame is a great song, though. There is that to consider.)? I’ll give it two stars.
Was expecting more from this following years of Bowie hype. 70s pop with some nice instrumental layers. All a bit too similar for me. Stand out tracks - Fame Young Americans
2.5/5 Not really interesting
disco isn't cooler when Bowie does it
Really average 80s music, usual Bowie story a couple of half decent tracks hidden in there
Not much of a soul man, though it has a few standout tracks
David Bowie’s 1975 Young Americans is not among the list of Bowie albums that have aged well, in my opinion. A short tracklist, but with songs ranging in the 5 minutes, its hard not to feel like these songs are overlong, considering we now live in an era where pop songs are on average half the length of these. Bowie’s vocals are as present as always, but nothing jumps out. No particular stand out song either
Meh. 2nd David Bowie album on this list so far, and I'm just not impressed.
Well... another Bowie album. Maybe it's Bowie+saxophone that i don't like? I mean...it's hard to separate the fact that this album contains "Young Americans" and "Fame" which have been unavoidable on radio for over 40 years. I could make the defence that I'm just tired of them but honestly I've never liked these songs, and maybe this is the pinpoint of my not being a Bowie fan? I'm not denying the talent involved or it's not that I can't understand *why* people like them/him, but these songs never resonate with me in any way. Maybe it's the faux-soul/funkiness with these songs that low-key irritates me? I think that's it. They all seem to have that similar vibe that turned me away from those hits so many years ago. Listen to the song "Right" - a perfect example. It's not *bad* - it's just not interesting. If I had to nitpick specifics, the constant saxophone and soulful bg vocals - while undoubtedly give the vibe he was looking for - are exactly what I don't enjoy. The other songs are new to me and ... meh... (although I actively dislike the cover of "Across the Universe") Random note: listen to the beginning of "Win" then go listen to "Debra" by Beck. :) Just a personal thing in the end I suppose: I've never really been a Bowie fan and this album definitely would be the nadir for me; however I previously had the album "Low" (which was new to me) and just listened to it again to affirm what I'd thought before and stand by: *that* is the Bowie album for people who don't like Bowie - I still love it. I'll stick with Low and pass hard here. 3/10 2 stars.
Just not as funky as it wants to be, and his voice is off.
Musically and sonically it's great, and I do like its party energy, but his vocals are just so... affected? Hokey? It sounds like a parody. I'll admit that I caught myself humming along more than once, and if one of the songs came on in a bar I'm sure I'd be happy to listen to it. But when I got to the end I was just relieved that it was over.
OK. Young Americans was a good opener, then it builds up nicely through the middle of the album, and I was really enjoying it by track 5. Then the cover of Across The Universe comes along. I really like the song, but this cover is just not very good, it doesn't add anything to the original and he just uses increasingly sillier voices through the song. Took the edge off the album for me, the track after that isn't great and I never really liked Fame. 2/5.
IS it me or is Bowie just overrated?
Wow, this album could've made a great single.
Wow, compared to the other Bowie albums I fell in love with on this project, this was mid at best. The hits are nice enough, maybe one other song, but the rest was just dull. And that’s not even including the abysmal Beatles cover on here - yikes. Not your best by a long shot, Bowie.
From Young Americans to The Worst version of Across the Universe ever. How can such a great talent be so extremely hot or cold?
mäh, i dont care for bowie
"The phoniest R&B I've ever heard. If I ever would have got my hands on that record when I was growing up I would have cracked it over my knee." - David Bowie. Well said. The fact that this coke binge is responsible for catapulting Bowie to a worldwide audience is fucking absurd. Hiring a bunch of black artists as a backdrop to your weird limey crooning isnt Soul music. Fuck off with this garbage.
I dont like david bowie. This sounds like a mix between smooth jazz, elevator and christmas music, sung by a strained background singer.
Starts with a great positivity, becomes a little self indulgent and morose in the middle, finishes brilliantly with Fame.