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David Bowie


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4 stars From here to permanent stardom!

"Let's Dance", 1983, Bowie's approach to maistream audiences and big arenas, opposite to what "loyal underground" fans felt like a slap in their well kept secret, this album accomplishes what is its main objective reach wider audiences who had previously praised his unorthodox Rhythm and Blues based compositions.

Hiring Neil Rogers to "create" hits, as he himself narrates, Mr. Rogers "black funk" domain shines trough with all its splendor, in a , opposite to what its titles refers, very good Rock focused release, yeah! with a couple of 'danceable" tracks.

Even the then emerging and always masterful Stevie Ray Vaughan appears in this album. Many say launching S.R.V. to stardom, but forgetting David Bowie's blood sucking habits. (S.R.V. had already launched his first band release, then was approached by Bowie to play in some of this album's tracks ("China Girl" & "Let's Dance"). Of Bowie, Vaughan said, "To tell you the truth, I wasn't very familiar with David's music when he asked me to play on the sessions. ... David and I talked for hours and hours about our music, about funky Texas blues and its roots. I was amazed at how interested he was.". Then Bowie invited Ray Vaughan to the stadium sized tour of this album then management matters by both artists "owners" irrupted and disrrupted this from happening, to which S.R.V. second and immediate release's just titles "Couldn't Stand the Weather").

Anyway back to the music. Prog die hard fans would not find "Prog" music as such. This is very good Rock/Pop, tainted with R &B splashes, album, but nevertheless, Rock strictly oriented. (I will not detail that "Rock 'n Roll, as such, was a dance rhythm for starters. )

Great songs with great lyrics, performed with perfectly detailed focus, stating strongly that maistream music is not necessarily "uninteresting or non-creative", as opposed to that, David Bowie's own and personal style shines on brightly and his own acquired styling grows upward, forward and unrepetable even by himself!

**** 4 "Rock" PA stars.

admireArt | 4/5 |


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