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Heroes

David Bowie

1977

Heroes

Album Summary

"Heroes" is the 12th studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on 14 October 1977 through RCA Records. After releasing Low earlier that year, Bowie toured as the keyboardist of his friend and singer Iggy Pop. At the conclusion of the tour, they recorded Pop's second solo album Lust for Life at Hansa Tonstudio in West Berlin before Bowie regrouped there with collaborator Brian Eno and producer Tony Visconti to record "Heroes". It was the second instalment of his "Berlin Trilogy", following Low and preceding Lodger (1979). Of the three albums, it was the only one wholly recorded in Berlin. Much of the same personnel from Low returned for the sessions, augmented by King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp. The album was recorded sporadically in July and August 1977. The majority of the tracks were composed on the spot in the studio, the lyrics not being written until Bowie stood in front of the microphone. The music builds upon its predecessor's electronic and ambient approaches, albeit with more positive tones, atmospheres and passionate performances. The album also follows the same structure as its predecessor, side one featuring more conventional rock tracks and side two featuring mostly instrumental tracks. The cover photo, like Iggy Pop's The Idiot, is a nod to the painting Roquairol by German artist Erich Heckel. Upon release, "Heroes" was a commercial success, peaking at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and number 35 on the US Billboard Top LPs & Tape chart. It was the best-received work of the Berlin Trilogy at the time of release, with NME and Melody Maker each naming it their respective album of the year. Bowie promoted the album extensively with television appearances and interviews. He supported Low and "Heroes" on the Isolar II world tour throughout 1978. Live performances from the tour appear on the live albums Stage (1978) and Welcome to the Blackout (2018). "Heroes" has received enduring praise, particularly in terms of critical recognition for Fripp's contributions on guitar and the album's place within Bowie's longterm artistic development. Though critical opinion has tended to view Low as the more groundbreaking record, "Heroes" has nonetheless established a reputation among Bowie's best, most influential works. The title track, initially unsuccessful as a single, has remained one of Bowie's best-known and most-acclaimed songs. Bowie later used an altered, obscured version of the album's cover artwork for the cover of his 2013 album, The Next Day. "Heroes" has been reissued several times and was remastered in 2017 as part of the box set A New Career in a New Town (1977–1982).

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Rating

3.68

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4974

Genres

  • Rock
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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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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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As the advertising/marketing slogan from 1977 for the ‘Heroes’ album states: “There's Old Wave, there's New Wave, and there's David Bowie."

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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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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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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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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 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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Dreams

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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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Eight Bowie records is entirely too many for this list and this is one that could be easily cut. TIile cut is fine of course but the gloomy instrumentals on side 2 are extremely tedious and pointless -- even for Eno fans – and sound dated besides. This is replacement-level at best, with only the rarest bits of intrigue.

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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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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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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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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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Moss Garden *chef's kiss*

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5

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

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🥺 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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5

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

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5

Another masterpiece by Bowie

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Didn't listen but it's Bowie

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I miss you 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

Just jazzy!

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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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Classic.

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Amazing album by a total genius.

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One of my favorite Bowie albums. The title track is among his best songs and the rest of the songs are quite strong as well. 5 🌟

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Listened to this high and transported to a different dimension

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Epic epic epic. Loved rediscovering this classic. Beautiful vocals, incredible bass and guitar, perfect production

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Great Album.

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5

Gloriously experimental yet accessible and even dancey. The soundtrack to a movie you have to imagine and looks amazing.

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5

Awesome album

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Lovely stuff

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One of the very few albums that are flawless in my opinion

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p385, 1977. 5 stars. Prime Bowie, Brian Eno production. Not a weak track on it. Excellent.

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Esse aqui já caminha comigo a um bom tempo, sou muito fã do Bowie e cada pedacinho do que esse homem fez pro mundo. Esse é um bom álbum, longe de ser o melhor dele e de ser meu favorito mas tem sua importância, a parte instrumental do disco é incrivelmente boa, principalmente a música Moss Garden. Músicas favoritas: beauty and the beast; heroes; sons of the silent; sense of doubt & moss garden

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I miss when superstars were just weird and bold and put whole ambient halves of records out

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Good

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No Writings, Family Documentary One Part Mostly Edited. Saw Dad.

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The most accessible of the Berlin Trilogy.

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This an exceptional album. The first half has a dense orchestrated feel that feels expansive in a way that Phil Spector’s ‘wall of sound’ feels. The latter half is primarily experimental instrumental driven by Brian Eno. The album communicates a sense of Cold War uncertainty yet stands on its own.

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Очень люблю. Дэвид Боуи, зачем же ты умер на моё пятнадцатилетие?( -1 за это. 9/10

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Great record. If this album just had Heroes and the rest was junk, this would still be 3 stars. The fact that it's got a bunch of other great tracks on it makes it a classic.

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Stellar. Improves if such a thing were possible by listening to the second side first, which contains more of the ambient tracks. The more uptempo krautrock tracks are just unbelievably good.

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yes. Prefs: Tout. Moins pref: Rien.

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5

There really isn't anything new to say about this album. I prefer Low personally, but this is damn close, an absolute masterpiece.

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Very innovative. Plenty of experimentation with different sounds. There is a timeless quality to it. The song "Moss Garden" is particularly interesting.

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Bowie basically always gets a 5 from me. This is my 4th of his albums on this list. Interesting, but not surprised that the list author likes his Berlin trilogy so much. I think this is probably my favorite of the Berlin albums. Moss Garden is just about the most brilliant thing he and Eno ever did. Then Heroes is also awesome. Almost halfway through the list and still happy I'm doing it!

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When you google this album the first suggested question is “Why is Heroes so good?” which just about sums it up

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5

Compulsory Bowie listening? All for it. On this occasion I worked out that Adam Buxton's Bowie impression is based entirely on the vocal mannerisms in Sons of the Silent Age.

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Loved the ambient synth tracks on the back half of the album.

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Whoa. How have I never listened to this before? What a fun spaceflight

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worth the 5 stars for the title track alone

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Given this 5 even before listening to it again. You know...

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We can be heroes just for one day

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Favourite!

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Some classic Bowie

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Masterpiece!

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I give this a five star rating. Mainly out of fear that if I give it any less a time traveling version of myself will punch me in the gut.

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An all-time classic, peak Bowie. It still sounds like the future to me. The orientalism of "The Secret Life of Arabia" is really the only miss here.

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Before this, Let’s Dance and Black Star were the only David Bowie albums I had ever listened to. They are really different albums from each other. They speak to remarkable breadth of his talent. Between those and my knowledge of his career-defining hits, I figured I knew what David Bowie was all about. Side one of Heroes impressed me with the energy of songs. They are wild and a lot of fun. Great Bowie tracks that easily surpassed my high expectations. And then I got to side 2… What a revelation! Most of side two are instrumentals that I had no idea was a part of David Bowie’s history. Wonderful electronic instruments, horns, and the band feels like Bowie in a way I never imagined. I feel like I’ve stumbled on a secret room in my home filled with hidden wonders. I’m invigorated at how Heroes has delivered an entirely unexpected and wonderful experience yet again expanding my already expansive view of what David Bowie is as an artist.

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I had such a good time with this album. I like how it goes from Bowie glam soul to Brian Eno soundscapes. I’m not surprised this album was recorded after Bowie’s work on Lust For Life, as it has a very similar sound (though much more Bowie). This album starts and ends with a bang and even when it “slows down” it never diminishes in intrigue and excitement. Never expected Heroes to be a 5/5 Bowie album for me, but I really enjoyed this listen!

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Some of Bowie's best work. Loved it from start to finish, listened to it 3 times all the way through. The title track is a stand out, brilliant piece of music. What more can I say, classic.

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Favourite Bowie album for me. His voice never sounded better than on here. Eno, Fripp and Alomar all amazing of course, but mustn’t forget George Murray and Dennis David because the rhythm section is UNBELIEVABLE. Especially on Blackout. Stunning album. 1 star.

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I do love hearing these albums where you can feel the clear difference between the two sides of the vinyl. I've said this before about Bowie, that in my youth I just didn't "get" him, but I'm glad I'm making up for lost time now. The first half of this is all out classic stomping Bowie. Then you get a taste of weird soundscape Bowie, before wrapping it up with a cracking track that brings them both together. That's great.

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Amazing

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This album starts with 2 songs that are fast and can dance to them, then "Heroes" starts and give some peace to the album however it finishes with a lot of energy and the next song starts the same, the following songs are strange and give you the sensation of being somewhere you don't know but you miss, "neuköln" finishes this trip following the sensation of the previous songs but finishes like a nightmare that wasn't scary, just a nightmare. The last song it's just there to finish the trip with a sensation of loss of memory after the trip. This album starts like almost any other song of Bowie, however I didn't expect the end of the album.

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honestly, this is one of the best albums I’ve ever heard, there’s a lot of albums I consider the best, but this one is really close to being my favorite, tho my main favorite is Donda by Kanye West, this album can absolutely compare to Donda Favorite Songs: Beauty and The Beast Heroes least favorite: none

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One of the best!

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I mean, come on lol. Album is obviously amazing and the titular track is the best song on it. Going right down the middle with Bowie is ironic since his music is anything but that, but sometimes there are just facts of life. Whole album is incredible, including the instrumental-only tracks.

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The only album truly recorded in Berlin, "Heroes" is David Bowie at his most inspired and inspiring. From hopeful lovers up against the wall to denizens of a bygone film era, leading us down the road of Krautrock inspired instrumentals that forecasted the ambient wave that would soon come, there's a reason why "Heroes" remains amongst Bowie's absolute greatest efforts. There's Old Wave, There's New Wave and there's....

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Fantastic album, especially all the instrumental tracks were great. Aged amazingly well

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One of the best listening experiences is starting with Bowie's Station to Station and ending with Heroes. Yes, I know the Berlin trilogy includes Lodger, but I find the others far superior. Bowie is one of my musical heroes, and I have Nine Inch Nails/Trent Teznor to thank for that. Heroes is one of those albums many acclaimed artists drew inspiration from - no wonder. It's fucking fantastic with a dash of experimental weirdness. Heroes is one of those songs that if I let it, will drift me to another emotional space. I've also heard it covered live covered by my favorite bands, and it's always a visceral experience. This is one of the greatest albums every recorded. Everyone should listen to this era of Bowie.

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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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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

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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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

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4

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

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4

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

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4

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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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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4

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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4

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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4

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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Half an album of grim impressionistic instrumentals, half an album of of-the-cuff vocals, unplanned until record was pressed. It shouldn't work but fuck me, it does.

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Bowie being Bowie, man

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Not a Bowie fan in the slightest, but this slaps, not gonna lie. Better than Ziggy Stardust, the only other full album of his that I've heard. I would imagine that the more experimental instrumental break during tracks 7, 8 and 9 is a bit controversial, but I personally enjoyed it.

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I’d actually never heard this album all the way through before. Really had me in the first half but almost put me to sleep after that

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וואלה אלבום מעולה, קצת פסיכדלי, קטעי מעבר מטורפים שמכניסים לאווירה, אין על דייויד בואי

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Great Bowie, but uneven.

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Heroes isn't my favorite but I wouldn't turn it off if it came on.

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Super bon album, la deuxième moitié m'a agréablement surpris. Définitivement à réécouter.

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Other than the brilliant title track, I found that the 3rd of the Berlin trilogy doesn't have the same punch as Low and Lodger. Similar mix of pop singles and ambient pieces.

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Heroes has just 1 song really

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I already heard this album, it has one of a my favorites musics sang by one of my favorites artists ever <3

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Great Bowie album. Mix between classic Bowie and experimental Bowie.

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> Bowie used to tell everyone that we were his favourite group, and in the midseventies the rock press used to hang on every word from his mouth like tablets of stone. We met him when he played Düsseldorf on one of his first European tours. He was travelling by Mercedes, listening to nothing but Autobahn all the time. He's just like me frfr. Richtig solides Album auf dem eigentlich nur gute Tracks sind, aber irgendwie zieht es mich nicht so rein, wenn ich es nebenbei höre, was sicherlich an der introspektiveren zweiten Hälfte liegt. Man muss Bowie auf jeden Fall dafür zu lieben, dass er quasi 4 Instrumental Tracks mit den allergrößten Bops einrahmt. Denke das Album könnte noch mehr on me growen!

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An und für sich schon cooles Ding aber Heroes ist vielleicht zu GUT haha der Rest stinkt ab auf Seite A. Die Ambient Sachen auf Seite B aber auch spaßig, genau wie der Closer! So ganz bekommen mich Bowie Alben nur meist dann doch nicht. 3,51

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Hab das gestern auf den letzten drücker gehört und war nicht so ganz aufmerksam aber fands ganz gut + heroes halt krasser song würde eig 3 geben aber mach jetzt einfach mal 4 fühle mich generös

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Bowies zweiter Teil der Berlin Trilogy macht im Grunde da weiter wo Low aufgehört hat, tolle Mische von Rock und Ambient, diesmal mit noch mehr Eno! Im Vergleich zu Low aber von der Stimmung deutlich mehr upbeat, was mir auch richtig gut gefällt. Man sollte auch eigentlich meinen der Titeltrack sollte irgendwann mal totgehört sein, aber nö. Der macht immer noch mega viel Spaß, bewirkt belebende Emotionen, so richtig Sturm und Drang. Will raus rennen und laut, voller Ekstase, rumschreien. (me and who??) Zweite Hälfte des Albums ist dann wirklich ziemlich purer Ambient, dafür aber sau sau gut. Zum Abschluss nochmal ein rockpoppiger Track, mit einer dicken Note Orientalismus ;) Fav tracks: Beauty and the Beast, Heroes, V-2 Schneider, Moss Garden und Neuköln (dummer typo Bowie, schäm dich, ist ja fast als hättest du nur einen Song von diesem Album TATSÄCHLICH in Berlin aufgenommen)

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Popmusik kann so gut sein, warum muss es so eine Scheisse wie Coldplay geben? Wahnsinnig gut produziert und ich liebe das Konzept A Seite Popmusik B Seite richtig schräger, experimenteller, ambientiger Kram, das kommt auf Low auch so gut oder auf Hounds Of Love von Kate Bush. Dickes Shoutout auch an Brian Eno und Robert Fripp, ich glaube die beiden und vor allem auch Iggy Pop haben Bowie musikalisch soo extrem gepusht, sonst hätte der bestimmt weiterhin so boring ass Glamrock oder 60er Jahre Pop gemacht, diese Sachen kann ich gar nich leiden von Ihm. 100% meins ist es musikalisch zwar nicht (zumindest die poppige erste Seite), aber für das was es ist, ist es quasi perfekt deshalb stronk 4

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Kann irgendwie nicht allzu viel sagen, war sehr unterhaltsam und würde das definitiv nochmal hören, also hat mir gut gefallen. Das ruhige Ende war echt schön und hat mich stellenweise an so George Clanton Kram erinnert und der Anfang war simpel aber effektiv. Zwischendrin war ich nicht so aufmerksam wie ich vermutlich hätte sein sollen

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Da ist es, das erste David Bowie Album (von der liste). Heroes ist definitiv ein gutes Album. Jeder kennt natürlich den Titeltrack und alles andere wäre auch falsch, glaube ich. Es ist einfach ein sehr guter song, für mich vielleicht knapp in den top 10 von David Bowie. das instrumental, die lyrics (mal abgesehen von der sache mit der mauer) und die performance von bowie selbst sind perfekt. die anderen tracks in der ersten hälfte müssen sich aber auch nicht verstecken: vom ersten track bis "blackout" kann ich nichts finden, dass mir nicht gefällt. Wenn dann die ambient tracks kommen finde ich die nicht schlecht, aber sie passen einfach nicht zum rest des albums: es fühlt sich an, als ob hier zwei alben in eines gequetscht wurden und so kein teil mehr richtig atmen kann. alleinstehend wären beide teile noch viel besser. die tatsache, dass hier kein schlechter track drauf ist, hat damit nichts zu tun.

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Ich denke über das Lied Heroes braucht man wirklich nichts zu sagen, aber auch die anderen Songs hier drauf gehen gut ab und sind dann doch eigentlich genau das was man erwartet, sehr schrill und tanzbar. Ein wenig fällt Heroes dann eigentlich doch aus der Rolle, wie hymnenartig das wegkommt. In einer ganz anderen Welt sind aber Songs 7 bis 9, die komplett ambient sind, bevor es mit dem HIT The Secret Life of Arabia zuende geht. Eventuell bisschen zu all over the place, aber ich fands spaßig. 8/10

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Я не могу сказать, что безумно вдохновилась вообще всем, но это определенно классика и я буду к ней возвращаться.

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Beauty and the Beast is a killer start to this album. You’re immediately thrust into the eye of Bowie and Eno’s ambient creative art rock typhoon. You just know you’re in for an unforgettable ride. It’s weird, it’s passionate, it’s aggressive, it’s energetic but it’s ominous and foreboding at times too. Quite a ride, but it’s a solid album. I know there are a lot of Bowie entries on the list, he had his most prolific output in the 70’s, but this on earns its spot. I love Heroes, can never tire of that song. This isn’t my favourite iteration of Bowie, but it’s a damn good one.

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"Boy Thanks for hesitating" (Joe the lion) "Sons of the silent age Listen to tracks by Sam Therapy and King Dice Sons of the silent age Pick up in bars and cry only once Sons of the silent age Make love only once but dream and dream They don't walk, they just glide in and out of life They never die, they just go to sleep one day" (Sons of the silent age)

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Still a classic for a reason.

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