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Old 08-03-2006, 10:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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DAVID BOWIE - ALADDIN SANE

Ziggy Stardust wrote the blueprint for David Bowie's hard-rocking glam, and Aladdin Sane essentially follows the pattern, for both better and worse. A lighter affair than Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane is actually a stranger album than its predecessor, buoyed by bizarre lounge-jazz flourishes from pianist Mick Garson and a handful of winding, vaguely experimental songs. Bowie abandons his futuristic obsessions to concentrate on the detached cool of New York and London hipsters, as on the compressed rockers "Watch That Man," "Cracked Actor," and "The Jean Genie." Bowie follows the hard stuff with the jazzy, dissonant sprawls of "Lady Grinning Soul," "Aladdin Sane," and "Time," all of which manage to be both campy and avant-garde simultaneously, while the sweepingly cinematic "Drive-In Saturday" is a soaring fusion of sci-fi doo wop and melodramatic teenage glam. He lets his paranoia slip through in the clenched rhythms of "Panic in Detroit," as well as on his oddly clueless cover of "Let's Spend the Night Together." For all the pleasures on Aladdin Sane, there's no distinctive sound or theme to make the album cohesive; it's Bowie riding the wake of Ziggy Stardust, which means there's a wealth of classic material here, but not enough focus to make the album itself a classic.
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I disagree with the review, It might not be one of his best albums but it`s one of my favourites.
You can see that this is him putting aside the Ziggy thing and broadening his horizons.It`s true doesn`t have an overriding theme but I think it works better for that. It`s a much better album than Diamond Dogs , Young Americans or Station To Station which did have themes that followed it.
To me this is Bowie writing great songs experimenting in loads of different genres , it might be haphazard but I think it works.

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Old 08-06-2006, 07:10 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree. It may not be as good as Ziggy but it is still a great album. Cracked Actor, Panic in Detroit, the title song and The Jean Genie are some of his best material imo. His cover of Let's Spend the Night Together though.
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I recently gave my first listen first listen and it's a very good album.
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