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Heroes

David Bowie

1977

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It's Bowie. I'm gonna like it. The man was a legend and consistently ahead of his time. That future-thinking is on heavy display with Heroes. It's from '77 (the same year as Low) but features sounds that wouldn't become ubiquitous until the 80s. Sadly for me, those sounds aren't my favorite which knocks a star off of this review. The songwriting is still brilliant and Bowie is still a beast and the album was still great. I just don't really like bloopy synths. Low was a better album.

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Better than Lodger, not as good as Low. My short assessment of the Berlin trilogy. My cat named Bowie disagrees with this assessment but who gives a fuck what he thinks, he's a cat.

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Ah, another Bowie joint. Never heard this album. As an unreconstructed proletarian in the 1970s, I never really joined in the Bowie mania. I always thought Bowie was much more popular in the U.K. than in the real world. (I mean, I’m grateful for the Brits putting us up for several months before we kicked Hitler’s ass and all, but . . . ) Ok, enough levity. The title of this group is “serious-listen, so here goes: Everything good about this album (“Heroes”, 1977) is in the synth and the lead guitar (in other words, Brian Eno and Robert Fripp), which are very, very good. I almost wish Bowie hadn’t gotten involved. Seriously. I invite anyone to listen to this album while imagining that Bowie’s voice and lyrics were gone. It would be a much better album. In this album he seems tired. Bowie’s vocals are uninspired (and uninspiring), and his lyrics sound like they were simply thrown together—the kind of mishmash we used vomit into our theme books in mid-afternoon 10th grade Civics class. I don’t often use the word ‘vapid’ and ‘insipid’ in the same sentence, but in this case I’ll make an exception. Bowie put out too many (eleven!) albums in the 1970s. That pace exceeds the creative capacity of any one man. In the ‘70s, even Bob Dylan only put out ten, and David Bowie is no Bob Dylan. I’ve held this opinion for a long, long time. Bowie had a lot of cheerleaders rah-rahing for him to become ‘the next big thing’, but history has demonstrated that the last book on the enduring musical legacy of the 1970s will put Bowie in the endnotes. I will agree that as an entertainer, as a concert performer, Bowie is up there with the best. But this project is about ALBUMS. Albums are for listening. His albums don’t cut it. He’s certainly had hits; and he’s certainly prettier than Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Duane Allman, Keith Emerson, Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana, David Crosby, Aretha Franklin, Mick Fleetwood, Roger Waters, etc. etc., but as a musician and a recording artist, he’s second-tier. This album makes the point. Lunkheaded lyrics on “Beauty and the Beast” are too binary, lacking any philosophical sophistication or even subtlety in expressing the relationship between good and evil. Has he never read Nietzsche? No, probably not. “Joe the Lion” demonstrates Bowie’s lazy approach to pitch and diction. This track has a nice driving beat and excellent lead guitar work (but the lead is unfortunately pushed to the background in the mix. Too bad). The ‘poetic’ theme of “Heroes” is that of a man pushing a vain hope of ultimate happiness (why “if only just for one day”?) in order to win his lover, “and the guns shot above our heads (Over our heads); And we kissed, as though nothing could fall.” That’s a sad formula, elevating the forlorn to the heroic. And certainly not persuasive as a love ballad. Not for me. The poetic protagonist and his lover kissing by the Berlin Wall should have reflected on the fact that the “Heroes” were not the ones suffering in the Cold War. The heroes were the ones fighting the Cold War, and dammit, we won. The Wall came down. Bowie’s lyric trivializes the monstrous oppression of Soviet communism. This is the only song on the album which has any popularity on the Apple iTunes track listing. I’m not sure if that says more about Bowie’s listening public or iTunes’ algorithms, but it does reveal something about the album as a whole. Bowie’s voice is so nasal it sounds like he’s swallowed his tongue. With a classic lack of self-awareness, he refers to “one-inch thoughts” in “Sons of the Silent Age”, which is itself a lyrically banal collection of half-inch thoughts. David Bowie is not a thinking man’s lyricist. The second side of the original LP showcased Brian Eno. Very nice soundscapes and aural colorings (at least for 1977). “V-2 Schneider” is one of the best tracks on the album, evocative of the horror of Nazi Germany’s weaponry unleashed on British non-combatants (The threat was minimal, but the fear was real.) The next track, “Sense of Doubt” is even better (notice that there’s virtually no singing from Bowie on these two tracks?). And “Neuköln” (misspelled) works well as a sonic landscape of Cold War angst (again no lyrics or singing), as seen from Bowie’s perspective in West Berlin in 1977. This is a much better track that “Heroes”. Brings back memories—not all of them good, but most of them important. “The Secret Life of Arabia”, has a wonderful funkadelic vibe, well-recorded, but sadly spoiled by Bowie’s superlatively bland lyrics and whining tone-deaf vocals. For David Bowie, it’s past time for someone to say that the emperor has no clothes (or rather, in Bowie’s case, the clothes are all he’s got). This is an almost good album. Glad I got to listen to it before I die. 2/5

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5

The second of the Berlin trilogy, and like Low before it, it has a vocal side and a mostly instrumental side. The instrumentals are Eno collaborations, but they're Bowie through and through. The Kraftwerk influence is overstated, in my opinion. I believe it's more accurate to say that Bowie accomplished what they couldn't, or maybe more politely: they walked so he could run. Best track: Heroes

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5

The apex of the Berlin Trilogy. This album is like an old friend to me. In fact I was just listening to it on vinyl yesterday coincidentally. I feel like this album and those surrounding it from this era are a high water mark in his career and for experimental pop/rock music in general.

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A wee angry bad tempered man with strange eyes. The bloody best of British. A blowjob from Mr. Blobby.

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At his best, Bowie's formidable talent for hooks and especially bridges can defibrillate songs back to life following the frequently enjoyable detours his eccentric vocals take them on in the verses. But Heroes ain't his best--that includes the title track, which has an exulted status I've never understood--and I'm not sure even his best hook work could rescues the flat-on-its-ass teutonic ambience attempted in the second half. A lot of time on scenery and not enough on plot.

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4,5/5

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Great David Bowie Album

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5

Heard one too many times, one of the best albums ever.

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5

Simply beautiful. Sense of Doubt, Moss Garden and Neuköln are incredible.

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Love it

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Just awesome

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Great nostalgic listen, I enjoyed listening to this again

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Great album overall, the instrumental pieces were great, the opening and final songs are very groovy, heroes and sons of silent age are all-time bowie greats

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5

The only Bowie album I don't own on vinyl. Part of the Berlin trilogy, lots of classics on this. During this listen, really appreciated V-2 Schneider, and I've always loved Moss Garden.

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5

Moss Garden *chef's kiss*

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5

5 out of 5, every time. David is God.

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5

🥺 perfeito

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can i just say how happy i am that there are SO many bowie albums on this list? i will always love the title track - and don't tell anyone, but i may love the cover by oasis even more. i know, i'm not real proud of that, either.

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☆☆☆☆☆

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Of course this album is fuckin' fab. You all know it. But I had completely forgotten/never heard the instrumental tracks towards the end, and I wasn't really paying attention as I listened because I knew the tunes, but then these started playing and I was in some kind of trance.

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5

First couple of tracks a bit weak

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Previous album from Bowie I listened to sucked. So I was not looking forward to this one. But what d'ya know, this is actually a really great album!

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Heroic

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I guess I’m a Bowie fan now! Half existential bops to dance to, half eerie and gorgeous soundscape. Robert Fripp and Brian Eno really bring it together to paint a gorgeous masterpiece for David Bowie to launch himself off of. Beautiful!

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First album I’ve listened to on this challenge that I loved.

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Dreams

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5

Another masterpiece by Bowie

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Didn't listen but it's Bowie

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5

Legendary. One of the 10 albums of All time.

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5

Great album. One of the few albums that gets better as it progresses. Wasn't a big fan of the first track but it gets good when it gets to the title track. I was surprised I liked the instrumental tracks so much. Probably give it a 4.5 due to some so so tracks.

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5

Heroes is one of the greatest songs of all time. The rest of the album is good too

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Virtuous!

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5

Great on all accounts.

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Bowie my old neighbor!

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5

An outstanding album from an amazing artist. Moves like a living, breathing creature and leaves you astounded.

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5

Only the second-best of the Berlin trilogy... but that's sort of academic when it's only the second best of one of the greatest trilogies of albums ever recorded... I want to stand in a lonely desert with Sense of Doubt playing on the soundtrack...

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5

Fucking classic - no question.

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Classic

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5

What more could you ask for from an album, a hit song about the essence of love and a song that brings deep seated dread.

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5

I first heard some of these songs on the 1978 live album, Stage. When I bought this LP a few years later I remember thinking the production was a bit weird and sludgy. After watching a documentary on Brian Eno this week, I now realize it was Eno’s touch (not to mention his hijacking of side 2). I didn’t realize Bowie played sax on this but he seems to channeling Ornette Coleman with his squawking at the end of Neukoln. Tony Visconti said that once the instrumental tracks got recorded Bowie sent everyone home and would improvise the lyrics over top of the tracks without notes until he got them right. That’s pretty cool and also explains the cryptic nature of his lyrics. Anyway, the songs I thought were "meh" in the 70, I think are great now, even before I heard Odessa.

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So nice to have this album come up the day after Iggy Pop's The Idiot. Because where that was the prologue to the "Berlin Trilogy", this is the middle act. So I had already listened to it in the morning before it came up on here. It is one of the many highlights of Bowie's career and agreeably his greatest album. This is another one of those template albums that broke/enhanced new ground which led later musicians to follow. You will find me giving most Bowie albums 5 stars, this I want to give at least 6 to

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5 all the way. It gets a little odd at the end, but I'm totally fine with that. Knock out some rock hits first and then have some fun with it. Obviously it's covered a lot but check out Motorhead's cover of Heroes, it's so good

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Bowie is a god

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9/10, better than Low. Iconic, great sounds, his best.

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There's some killer tracks on this thing (Heroes, Blackout, Secret Life...), and some great ambient music on it too, but I'm not sure they work best all on the same album. I dig the sound of it, just not sure it all comes together the best.

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Funny thoughtful lyrics, little to no “music”

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I like David Bowie, some songs on this were good but it's not pure gold.

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Strong opening to the album including the legendary title track 'Heroes'. Tracks 7-9 ('Sense of Doubt', 'Moss Garden' and 'Neuköln') all went a bit weird before finishing on a high. Would listen again but might skip the typically odd Bowie experimental tracks.

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<3 Bowie, an incredible release

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A truly great musician-- a truly great (and weird) album.

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Ok, Lücke, nie durchgehört. Bowie ist natürlich großartig, habe ich mich aber nie drum gekümmert. Diese Scharte gehörte ausgewetzt. Gute vier Sterne, keine fünf wegen der Längen in der zweiten Hälfte.

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You want the biggest hit of the past century? Sure, I'll put it in the middle of this weird fuckin' album.

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Not my jam but I get it

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Classic Bowie.

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1. Absolute banger song. Great start into the album. Lots of energy. 2. Loved it. 3. Amazing riff, love the subtle synth in the background. 4. Really nice, kind of psychedelic. 5. Dual vocals nice, instrumentation is strong. Guitar goes ham. 6. Amazing sounding piano, horns fit nice in the song. 7. Strange, but interesting!!!!! 8. Beautiful and really peaceful. 9. Sinister and chilling. Eerie horns amplify the effect. 10. Really groovy and chill. Best song on the album.

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Great songs, but the song heroes is a masterpiece

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Thought it would be better

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Another good Bowie album. A few songs are underwhelming to me like "Beauty and the Beast", but "Heroes" is one of Bowie's best songs. There is still some funky stuff going on/strange ambient tracks that are staples of the "Berlin Trilogy". Robert Fripp's guitar playing is also a good addition, although from reading apparently Michael Rother of Neu! was originally considered.

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Is it elevated or marred by its very odd ending? I wonder if I'd esteem it quite as much were it not for Howie's sainthood, though I definitely like it.

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I mean the dude can write a song

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Really cool highs. Kinda boring lows. Overall, I’ll be listening again.

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David Bowie does ambient!? I've definitely listened to this album before, but somehow it escaped me that side B is just straight up Eno-style ambient instrumental loveliness. I actually like side B more than I like side A, even though "Heroes" is an absolute tune. (And weird to think that it wasn't that popular when first released!) Fave track - "Sense of Doubt" - pure mood! "Moss Garden" is gorgeous, though, too...

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Mostly good, years without hearing it full throtle

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I really thought that my Bowie knowledge ran deep. And it does, but this is an album that I don't know well. No Bowie is bad, and all Bowie is better than most, but I don't connect with this one in the same way.

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Really cool, full of tones and sounds that sound odd even today. Marked down for being a little meandering in places, but very strong overall

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Wowed the back half. The first half was a tad boring, but I loved everything from Sense of Doubt on.

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Me gusta, pero sin tanto flipe

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Brakuje tytulowi "" ktore sa tutaj dosc istotne, bo wskazuja, ze tytul jest nawiazaniem do czegos, a tym czym nie moze byc nic innego jak krautrockowe granie w wykonaniu niemieckiego Neu!, co juz jasno wskazuje jakie influencje beda tutaj graly pierwsze skrzypce, jako najbardziej berlinski albumik z berlinskiej trylogii, bo nagrany w calosci w jednym miejscu wraz z juz wielokrotnym kolaborantem panem Eno i Viscontim, dodatkowym elementem jest gitarka od krimsonow, bo pojawia sie Fripp na prowadzacej, jak do tego doszlo, ze najbardziej rozpoznawalny trak bowiego pochodzi z albumu ktory raczej nawet do top 5 popularnych plyt z jego dyskografii mialby ciezko sie wbic, tytulowy trak heroes ma wszystko czego potrzeba zeby przyciagnac sluchajacego, liryke o milosci nieszczesliwej, ktora jest jednak tak flexowa do interpretacji, ze pojawia sie w tak szerokim kregu filmowo serialowym, komedia, tragedia, dramat, parodia i nadal brzmi to solidnie, a nie jak piesc do nosa, ale nie tylko liryka tworzy hitowe kawalki, kolejnym elementem jest repetytywnosc melodii, ktora dodatkowo progresuje podczas trwania traka, ale nie jest to jedyny progres, bo jest jeszcze wokal, wedlug wielu jest to najlepszy wokalowy bowie na calym tajmlajnie jego dyskografii, dodatkowo brajanek eno tak szprytnie wykombinowal koncept, ze w ciagu trawania traka mikrofon stopniowo oddala sie od bowiego, wiec poczatek szeptany i lagodny jak na mlodych amerykanach ewoluluje w krzyki, ktore jednak sa cichsze niz poczatkowe szepty, wszystko przez odleglosc od mikrofonu, jest to dosc unikalne wykorzystanie pozycji wokalisty od mikrofonu w celu zbudowania atmosfery i nadania unikanlego charakteru piosence, a to tylko tytulowy trak, otwierajacy piekna i bestia to otwarcie w mocno krautowych klimatach, synthy i wokale, bo glowy miksuje sie z chorkami i przeskakuje chanelowo, lirycznie opowiesci autobograficxznie na tematy okolo narkotyczne, bo przeciez trylogia detoxowa, no i berlin rowniez w tamtym czasie byl podzielony na piekny i bestyjski, co widac rowniez na innych trakach, blackoucie czy tez V2, podobnie jak na Lowie druga strona krazka obfituje w kompozycje instrumentalne, ktore tworza mini trylogie, klimat nawet mroczniejszy niz na warszawce w pierszym traku sense of doubt, ktory prowadzi z tych watpliwosci do mchowego ogrodu, wiec influencje japonskie wchodza mocno, o czym wspominal na blackoucie, trylogia konczy sie neukolnem, na ktorym slychac znowu influencje z troche blozszego wschodu, bo nazwa traku odpowiada tureckiej dzielnicy berlina, wprowadza on znowu w troche mroczniejszy klimat przez ktory przebija sie saksa bowiego i nadaje jednak pozytywnego charakteru, calosc zamykana jest podobnie jak byla otwarta, wiec kawalkiem okolo narkotykowym jak glosi tytul the secret life of arabia, jest to tez najbardziej funkowy trak w tym zestawieniu, wykoryzstujacy chorkowanie polaczone z soulowymi klapami, na plejke wleci tytulowy heroes i blacouta, poza tym instrumentalna trylogia takze by mogla gdzies wyladowac, ale nie mam okolo instrumentalnej plejki jeszcze

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a bit too chaotic, but I liked the style for a background while I work

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dying saxophone

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Niet geluisterd, maar dit album kan ik dromen. En ja, het is weer Bowie, maar in dit geval vind ik dat niet erg. Te gekke plaat, niets meer, niets minder

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Full of team gb spirit. Not shack. He's full of New Zealand lamb chops. Hates the Welsh, loves a kiwi

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Examples of heroes are:- Our Lord Jesus Christ, Kris Akabusi, Jade Goody, Michael Barrymore, Purple Aki, Captain Sir Tom, Jesse Lingard, SHACK, Rosie from Rosie and Jim, Jo Wiley's sister, Harvey Price and Sunshine.

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A close second to the more experimental "Low" IMO, but still a rich and rewarding listen. Even Walmart's disgusting co-opting of the title track couldn't spoil this one.

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Great first half of the album but 2nd half not so good

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Beauty and the beast Heroes Joe the lion Secret life of arabia Très bon

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Intriguing album. The first half I enjoyed just slightly, (a few songs, and Heroes of course), but the second ambient part was very encompassing. I also liked the final song - Secret life of Arabia

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is it good - yes - do i like it - well not massively!

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finally a good album chile

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Another Bowie album of which I'm note quite sure why they chose this one. So far I only knew the title track though, so it was nice to hear some new (for me) Bowie. The first half is very rocky in a ahead-of-it's-time manner typical for Bowie. The synth-ambient tracks on the second half really caught me by surprise though. I really enjoyed Moss Garden on the ambient side, but still, the combination of a couple ambient tracks on a rock album doesn't really work for me. That and the lack of a brilliant, stand-out Bowie hit on this album makes it a 4 and not a 5 for me.

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Suprisingly radical

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Heroes is probably one of the best songs ever. Never fails to make me feel good. The rest of this album is broadly a disappointment though imo. Sad, could easily be a 5 star but not this time

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Moss Garden - i think it brought my heart rate down 20 bpm The Secret Life of Arabia - sick bassline

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A great Bowie album, but unfortunately the genius of "Heroes" overshadows all other tracks. 8.2/10 Best Track: "Heroes"

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This album took a mad turn that I did not expect and I absolutely loved it. I really thought I had my head around what was going on. David flicks a switch and I’m floundering and all the happier for it. After the few songs instrumental interlude, The Secret Life of Arabia (what the hell is that??) sounds so punchy. The bass is luscious. So much prowess and confidence. And THEN, the song just fades out. All too quickly. As if it’s the most normal thing in the world. As if he hasn’t just blown my world apart. Why does it fade out like that??! I didn’t enjoy the first half of the album enough to give it a 5 but it’s great. I’ll state for the record that that Rise and Fall of Ziggy and Young Americans are stone cold 5ers for my money.

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Very modern sound with urban and country parts. Generally optimistic feeling and upbeat. Timeless.

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Bowie takes you on a journey from upbeat and relatively radio friendly electro-rock tunes, right through to quite experimental instrumentals in the latter portion of the album. I quite enjoyed the ambient relaxing sounds of Moss Garden which transported me to another place. Amazingly, most of the tracks on the album were created in one take both instrumentals and lyrics. Best: Beauty and the Beast; Heroes; Moss Garden Worst: V-2 Schneider

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Rating: 8/10 Best Songs: Beauty and the beast, Heroes, Blackout

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Feels weird not giving Bowie a 5 but I've never been a huge fan of this. 3.5 rounded up.

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All over the place, but pretty well done. 0RS

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While I only really enjoyed Beauty and the Beast and Heroes from the first half, all the instrumental, ambient stuff in the second half was great! I've never delved that deeply into Bowie's albums before so this was a nice surprise.

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4

Heroes is obviously an absolute classic banger, the rest of the songs were good, but the instrumental stuff lost me entirely.

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The end of the album was much more avant garde than expected. Love me some Bowie.

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Title track is almost too amazing for the album's good. It's a tale of two sides of the album, and I can appreciate it but I can only pay so much attention to it. But the experience was nice.

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Not my favourite Bowie album, but still good

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A classic Bowie album in my opinion, a lot like Low which is my favourite. Guitars sound amazing

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Medio experimental

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Loved the instrumentals.

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I don't know what I just listened to but I think I liked it.

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Really groovy songs, the Eno hijack on the second side is good too

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Quite liked this. Some good bangers and not too much weirdness.

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A few tracks in and this sounds like a Talking Heads album with louder mixing. UPDATE: This was a great album, loved it!

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It was pretty good look into history

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David Bowie is fascinating and wonderful in so many ways, which of course includes his music. I love it when a musician or band continues to evolve and experiment throughout their life, and in very rare cases that musician still somehow sounds very much like, well, that musician. Bowie is one of those rare treasures. Regarding this album in particular, I had heard some but not all tracks before, and I enjoyed listening to them. Some of the songs made my brain go, "hey, I know that tune," then realize I don't recognize a song but rather as style or sound. For example, 'The Secret Life Of Arabia' reminds me of Talking Heads, a little bit of Blondie, and I'm sure countless other bands with which I am not familiar. This is not a knock on anyone; I don't get hung up on who did it first. I just think it's cool. Transports me to late 70s music and art and culture, or at least my fantasy of it. I don't care how far off I am in my imagining what it was like, I just enjoy it -- and I really have no idea as I was a suburban kid in elementary school when this music was made. Some of the tracks also sound like they could've been made this year. Almost futuristic, maybe? Like it could be a score for a Kubrick film. A few are a little too dissonant for me, but I can sometimes feel like that upon first listen of music that is a bit outside the "norm" or expectation I had.

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Ah, das Zentralwerk der Berlintrilogie. Ach, hätte man doch nur mehr Zeit, sich dem ausführlicher zu widmen ... es gibt natürlich so viel zu holen und zu reflektieren! Aber jedenfall, Die Bowie-Stücke natürlich interessant produziert, fast schon wall (no pun intended!) of sound-mäßig, mit immer wieder interessanten/überraschenden Effekten etc. Danke auch an Tony Visconti. Die Eno-Stücke brauchen bei mir immer, Moss Garden ist natürlich noch am eingängigsten, aber z.B. Neuköln - da würde ich jetzt nicht unbedingt leben wollen nach dem Stück; und erst recht nicht in einem verregneten Herbst 1977. Respekt insofern auch für diese Soundscapes. Und danke natürlich auch den Oblique Strategies. Der Popper in mir macht natürlich jetzt trotzdem erst mal wieder Heroes an.

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2nd of the Berlin Triology and hot off recording Lust for Life by Iggy Pop. Opening track is synth to the face, but that inescapable rock groove makes for a weird space age dance club. Heroes the single nails this sounds, creating a sonic horizon forever wide. The back half is a wild, Eno filled miasma. Secret Life of Arabia is a final french kiss dance hall ender for the album.

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4.4 + The title track remains the closest example of a perfect rock song, with a vocal performance that's transcendent. There's also an Eno-driven stretch of instrumental songs during the second half that's on par with some of the greatest moments of "Low." If I'm being honest, I like but don't love a couple of the other tracks (e.g. "Sons of the Silent Age") but they certainly don't detract from the overall flow.

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Really good album overall. The 20 minutes of instrumental at the end wears on you a little but each of the instrumental tracks is individually good and the songs at the start of the album are all solid gold.

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Excellent, classic album

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Not as good as I thought, some weird stuff, very atmospheric. Brian Eno I assume

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Classic, but I don't think it lays a glove on a lot of top tier Bowie

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Ich bin ein Berliner. This is the pinnacle of Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy. It was a master stroke to have Fripp and Eno collaborate on this album. It starts off with a few weak songs but the title track is perhaps the best song of his stellar career, and surpassed only by the alt version sung in German. The 2nd side is very Eno influenced and the sense of Cold War angst and foreboding is palpable. In my view A sign of a true genius is an artist that can radically change their style over time to reflect or even lead the zeitgeist of the times. Bowie is one such chameleon, others that come to mind are Miles Davis and Neil Young.

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I know the  Berlin trilogy has many die hard fans and Heroes is my favourite of the Berlin trilogy. Truth be told: I'm a bigger fan of the cocaine trilogy (Ziggy, Aladdin and Station to Station).  The sound in Beauty and the Beast is stylistically similar to what he did for a few albums to come. For example, it's similar to Scary Monsters. Bowie was looking for a certain sound from his lead guitarist. It wouldn't be accurate to say his guitarists all sounded the same but there are certainly some stylistic similarities between Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew and Earl Slick. They all had an avant-garde style to their solos and they all like to use the vibrato arm to make their long notes sing.  Side 1 is fabulous and is in the same neighbourhood as  the cocaine trilogy. Side 2 is a lot more instrumental. V-2 works for me but I get lost with Sense of Doubt,  Moss Garden and Neukoin. Are we sure he wasn't doing drugs in Berlin? 

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Interesting to read how polarised the reviews are of this album. Personally, I love it - so evocative of an amazing period

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a classic

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Obviamente tem Heroes. Mas tem mais, ambient e experiências sonoras impressionantes.

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3.5

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I had higher expectations. Far from his best.

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This would be so much better without lyrics. The music is insanely good, but Bowie's lyrics and singing on this album do nothing for me. I'm just not a huge fan at all of this album. Maybe he was making too many in the 70s.

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Another decent Bowie album! There are probably too many of his albums on this list now but they're not bad haha. 3/5.

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not my cup of tea but it was alright.

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Never been crazy about Bowie. Feels sacrilegious. Didn't expect half of this album to be instrumental. Seems a bit out-there at certain parts. "Heroes" is still a wonderfully classic track. Favorite tracks: "Heroes", "Blackout"

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Had some highlights.

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not his strongest album in imo

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Pretty fun first half but not as good as some of his others.

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Can't go wrong with Bowie, pretty much ever.

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3/5. Bowie is great, but not something I'd listen to all the time.

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I listened to this one back when I had “Low” generated for me. Wonderful record

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A much darker album than the others. Definitely worth a listen.

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Heroes is a great song but this is not in my top 5 Bowie albums. It is the first of the three Berlin albums I’ve listened too. Blackout is very good.

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I like Bowie but not a massive fan. Heroes is an amazing tune. A few good other tracks but not wowed

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This was more '80s than Bowie. some song sound like he's flirting with a space Odyssey, but some of them are the most annoying part of the '80s.

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Oops didn’t really listen to this one. Three stars coz it’s David Bowie

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Heroes is good, the rest of the songs are kind of underwhelming

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The first half of the album is amazing, but the ambient track is not my favourite part of Davie Bowie's career in music. If it was for the first half I would have said a decent 4:5

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Algumas musicas boas, bowie nao é meu forte

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A couple of good, fun songs... lots of weirdness too

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Since we just listened to Aladdin Sane, I find myself comparing the two albums, which is a random touchpoint, but in any case I liked AS better. This one was just not as compelling. The ambient tracks toward the end were interesting, but didn't feel cohesive with the rest of the album.

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Okay outside of hits. Good instrumental songs

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I love Bowie but this is not my favorite of his offerings.

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Dope first half, too trippy later

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I’d say they were all horsing the drugs on this one

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Hmm. Somehow never listened to this whole thing before and it seems like a lot of these tunes are a little, dare I say, forgettable? I liked “Sons of the Silent Age” and “V-2 (Paul) Schneider.”

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David Bowie! A name even I know. But fame doesn’t save him from an honest review. As much as I liked some of the instrumental tracks on the second half, I loathed everything else on the album. I‘ll give him three stars, because I can see the potential, if only he would refrain from singing.

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Love the "title" song, others are interesting but most don't grab me although quite dramatic and interesting instrumentals

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I liked the 1st half but the last 4 songs were all weird instrumentals. I wasn't a huge fan of those.

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Un poco rollo

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Les derniere chanson atmospherique on augmenter la note. Et la chanson titre est un classique. Mais il y a de biens meilleurs album de bowie que celui-ci. 3.25

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Bowie brooded a wise hive of great albums, but overall this one didn’t grab me. Some great tracks

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M'agrada molt Bowie, malgrat que he escoltat pocs àlbums sencers seus. Aquest "Heroes" és el dotzè de la seva carrera, el segon de la seva "trilogia de Berlín", ciutat on es va instal·lar una temporada per desintoxicar-se de la cocaïna. Amb el gran Robert Fripp tocant la guitarra i Brian Eno a la producció, té una primera meitat que és una passada. L'he gaudit molt, tot i només conèixer una de les seves cançons (la immortal "Heroes", amb la seva gran història d'amor prohibit davant el mur de Berlín). La primera meitat de l'àlbum és realment interessant, i encara avui sona moderna i atrevida. La segona part està presidida per tot un seguit de temes instrumentals que a mi em semblen més Eno que Bowie, i que no em fan gaire el pes. Si hagués estat un EP de 5 o 6 temes, definiria "Heroes" com a una obra mestra, però la segona part tan fosca, industrial i experimental li fan restar punts. Tot i així, és un àlbum imprescindible i amb una primera meitat gloriosa.

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6

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Just like the other Bowie album. Some great songs but otherwise nothing astonishing.

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Decent album but not quite my style. I can see why people like it tho

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3/5. Alright, not great. Never really been a fan of Bowie.

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Definitely not his best work but for the most part I enjoyed it. Went a bit weird at the end, which wasn't really my vibe, but it didn't take away from the rest of the album.

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No wonder he called the album "Heroes", that's by far the best track. The health spa moments towards the end were unexpected but not unwelcomed. Overall not for me. 6/10

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Nog een keer Bowie, niet slecht...

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Getting slated by the others and some of it is pretty experimental but it’s fun and original and I like the fact that he doesn’t give a fuck

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Not as good as the previous album ***

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Eclectic Bowie at his best. Some good tunes.

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An Album of 2 halves. Decent 1st half, nonsense 2nd.

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Actually got something out of this album - some great tracks

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Far better than I expected, musically diverse and unpredictable.

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Half of this album is brilliant

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BOMEGALULwie

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at risk of causing gammon nigel to boil himself for daring to diss a national treasure, i've always considered Duncan to be all about the singles and the albums full of filler. this does not change my opinion. strongest part of the album is the bits he didn't sing on. sounds like i don't like bowie but i don't have no beef with him.

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First 5 good, next 5 songs kind of experimental instrumentals which I'm not a huge fan of, but I did like Sense of Doubt out of them.

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It feels almost sacrilegious to admit, but I don’t think I've ever listened to a full Bowie album. Put him up there in TBTLT (Too Big To Listen To) with Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones et al. There is clearly a lot to like. The title track is an all time great, and well worth the full length listen. I found it odd that for a man with so much to express, he gave over two and a half of ten to weird, kind of directionless atmospheric noodling. I did like Moss Garden, that said. I’m not convinced it was pulling its weight. All told, I liked it - plenty of pep, and clearly excellent songwriting chops. But I come away wanting more.

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Interesting variety of styles.

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Yes, I'm very familiar with the title track, but everything else was new to me. "V-2 Schneider" is the track I'll most likely listen to again. "Sons of the Silent Age" was the only track that I was tempted to skip. Overall the album was good. One of the surprises for me was the number of instrumental tracks. Bowie’s voice is so recognizable, and it was surprising to hear that it was absent from a string of tracks. "Sense of Doubt", "Moss Garden", and "Neuköln" had a hint of progressive rock to them, while still sounding like they belonged on the same album as "Heroes". I might not listen to the whole album again, so I'll settle with 3 stars.

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Bowie trying something new. A bit off though. Not as strong as Changes

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Bowie's voice is certainly charming, but I didn't like the execution on several of the cuts on this project. I suspect his more popular records will be more appealing, and I'm sure we're gonna see a few of them at least so I'm looking forward to that. // Favs: Beauty And The Beast Score: Light 3

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Vocals are sex Atmospheric work is nice I've heard this is nowhere near his best so this is a 3 Why did he have to fuck 14 year olds he's so hot

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fine for in the background

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Starting off as a typical Bowie rock album, I did not expect the later instrumentals at all. The slow transition from rock to Japanese-influenced melodies was an amazing experience. Only downside is the songs are a bit stretched out and repetitive.

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Title track easily the standout.

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I'd give it 3.5 stars. +1 in there for Heroes, and I liked the oppressive trance of Sense of Doubt + Moss Garden + Neukoln leading into upbeat exotic The Secret Life of Arabia. Overall, though, I was underwhelmed.

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not the bowie album i would have picked but pretty solid i can see why the title track is the one that stands out for everyone but there were a couple others i thought were really good especially towards the front half kind of wish we had half stars but rounding down to a 3

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Ett album som inleder svagt, med Beauty and the Beast som är en dålig glamrock/discolåt. Joe the Lion är även det en rockdänga, men här anas något sorts djup. Bättre. Låt 3. Heroes. 5 av 5. Så klart. Sons of the Silent Age rider vidare på Heroes-vågen, lite mer experimentellt, lite mer blås. Helt ok. Blackout tar oss tyvärr tillbaks till inledningen, en rocklåt som med fördel glöms bort. B-sidan är mer intressant. V-2 Schneider är en hyllning till Florian Schneider från Kraftwerk. En bra, lite krautig, låt som bleknar i efterhand, med tanke på vilka låtar som följer. Låtföljden Sense of Doubt -> Moss Garden -> Neuköln är briljant. Bowie och Brian Eno har här komponerat tre atmosfäriska instrumentella stycken. Sense of Doubt är ambivalent, ibland hoppfulla vågor och stråkar, för att sedan tas ned av pianotoner i moll. Moss Garden är viloplatsen, en blomdoftande oas innan... Neuköln, som tar en åter ner i mörkret, denna gång lite klokare, med lite mer information om världen. Avslutningslåten The Secret Life of Arabia är en väg tillbaks till verkligheten, till rocken. En ganska vanlig låt, men ändå bättre sound än A-sidan. Topparna på albumet är 5/5, men det finns för många tråkiga spår för att kunna klassa det högre än 3/5. Bästa låt: Heroes

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I have only heard Heroes before this. Not fond of the first few songs. Love Sense of Doubt, very ominous. Moss Garden too. Really love all the instrumental tracks. Conclusion: I might not be a fan of David Bowie's voice.

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Heroes Sounds of the Silent Age (towards the end) V-2 Schneider Moss garden (sounds peaceful) The Secret Life of Arabia ---------------------------------------------- Beauty and Beast Joe the Lion Blackout Sense of doubt - too chilling Neuköln

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Liked the well known Bowie side A, less keen on the Eno side B.

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Ustumuzdeki olu topragini attik diyebilirim

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Weird

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I love Bowie but this is not his finest hour. Cocaine and coffee might not always produce brilliance

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Sylt på burk

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Listened 27/9/21

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Love the main song. Didn't like the other s

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3/5. Some bangers and some not. Overall started well but ended quite odd

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Yep. Fine. Move on.

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So the total track is one of his finest moments, otherwise I enjoyed the instrumentals and the second half of the album far more than the first half. Closing track is great too ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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3 1/2

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It’s fine. The instrumentals are cool.

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Un tanto tostón pero lo salva la canción de Heroes.

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Maybe I was expecting too much, but this album was very middle-of-the-road for me. I felt ambivalent about nearly every track here, despite the fact that I could tell there was effort going into constructing this record.

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Nothing much caught my attention

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Like it. Heroes is brilliant. Good album overall.

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3, me gustaron tres canciones, una conocida, una instrumental y otra que parecía los Smiths, sudhead creo

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It would be better if the style was more consistent throughout the album.

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Great Artist, not exactly what Id like.

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Ei toimi mulle

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Eh I'm not really into Bowie I guess

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Seine Stimme überrascht mich, aber überzeugen tut sie mich nicht. Erinnert mich an R.E.M., aber mehr Lärm. Ab der Hälfte kam eine kurze arabische Halbzeitpause und danach war es weniger schlimm. Vielleicht hatte David Pech, weil ich ihn nicht VOR der Arbeit hören konnte.

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Tja

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Hat mich gar nicht beeindruckt. Es gibt durchaus Sachen von David Bowie, die ich mag, das hier gehört allerdings absolut nicht dazu. Das erste Lied hat mir ganz gut gefallen, das letzte war auch ok, der Rest muss überhaupt nicht sein.

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Just didn't get on with it, wanted to like it but outside of singles just didn't enjoy

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1 amazing song which got it a 2. The opener was the worst Bowie song I’ve heard, and some of the tracks on the 2nd half were just straight up pretentious.

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Not the best Bowie album I’ve heard. Heroes is obviously a classic track but that’s about it for this album.

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Niet kapot van.

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The 1001 albums you must hear before you die are sponsored by: The Estate of David Bowie. Lekker divers die lijst. 4x Bowie in een paar weken tijd. Of heb ik het concept misschien verkeerd begrepen en gaat het om de 1001 albums by David Bowie you must hear before you die? Misschien is dit album wel meer dan 2 sterren waard, maar Bowie-moeheid is ingetreden inmiddels.

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Joe the lion was fun and the rest of it wasnt

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Een klassiek album, dat is het zeker. ik kon er echter niet zo lang naar luisteren

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Some classics but I found it really didn't grab my attention

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Heroes is a good song and worth a star, the rest is worth a star. Overall I won't listen again.

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Boring

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Not a fan. 2/5

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Honestly just doesn't really stand out to me. Maybe it's just the age, but it doesn't click with me.

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I listened to this album twice just to make sure I was hearing right and believable. So far no album apart from Bad Company has disappointed me so sharply after Heroes. It's like there's a sharp drop in quality. Someday with more patience I'll understand this album a lot more. The songs that I really love I will rate a solid 4-5. Heroes is an anthem to me. But maybe because of the generation I grew up in, and that these are ALBUMS to listen to, I expect something as an album. It's so disappointing, with this voice and solid songs, the album is a drop in quality. So disappointing. ((I went back and read the history of the album, maybe someday I will look at this album differently, but I personally did not enjoy it. I'm listening to Ziggy Stardust and with every song the groove helps me forget Heroes)) 2/5

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Enjoyable in bits, felt very pedestrian in other places. Maybe because I do not have enough context to appreciate it in 2021. Wanted to give it a 2.5, need decimals.

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Really didn’t do anything for me. Most of the songs felt either too busy and badly mixed or too empty. No memorable tunes.

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Not very good. Heroes is ace. The rest... Meh.

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It's okay. The only song that really stands out to me is Heroes, though.

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Erm, expected to at least like this, but in general failed, so disappointed

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Why? Why are you making me listen to another Bowie album?

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nope, not for me mostly

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такое

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I didn't like it. Aside from Heroes - which I still like, despite it being overplayed by the media over the past 18 months - the rest of the album felt too self-indulgent. Maybe it's a better album when listening late at night, after a few glasses of wine.

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Every aspect of this album grates on me. Heroes is an excellent track but the only track on the album worth mentioning. The album feels disjointed and despite being a remastered version, it actually sounds terrible. Its just not for me.

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Titelgebender Song ist riesig, monumental, wunderschön, voller zeitloser Emotionalität. Mir fällt als Kenner Bowies fetter Hit-Compilations nur auf, dass die Alben mir recht wenig geben. Die Instrumentals? …ich weiß nicht, ob man sich stark für interessieren würde, stünde nicht Bowie drauf. Aber gefallen mir mit am besten. 2.3

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Not bad. Big Bowie fan, but bit abstract for my liking.

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Yikes

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K

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Als we zo doorgaan red ik die 1001 albums niet eens before I die...

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I just don't get Bowie. Not for me.

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pedo olmasaydi 4/5

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Bowie not my thing

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