Saturday, August 27, 2016

TAR: David Bowie - Reality

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I'm well aware that one should never judge a book by its cover, and that the same holds true for albums, but this one had been in my backlog for years precisely because of its horrid cover art. That said, the music here is phenomenal -- far more creative than I was expecting from an early-2000s Bowie release. I almost want to compare this album to Radiohead's works of that era; not so much in how they sound alike -- they do in some ways and don't in most -- but just in the amount of raw creativity that I can tell was poured into their respective efforts at a time in history when the internet was on the rise and war was an unpalatable but constant distraction. I'm excited to give this album the repeated listens that it's due.

Stand-out tracks: "Pablo Picasso", "The Loneliest Guy", "Reality"

Rating: 8/10 -- Great stuff!


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