Friday, December 23, 2016

top 10 albums of the year: #6


Blackstar - David Bowie

David Bowie passed just two days after the release of his twenty-fifth studio album. "I Can't Give Everything Away" ended up being a fitting close to Bowie's career as artist / persona. A song over a gentle techno beat which sounds wise, desperate and resilient (that major key swell on the word "away"). The rest of the album has an easy rock flair with his unique ability to meld traditional melody structure with off-the-wall lyrics and vocals (see "Girl Loves Me"). A fine set of swan songs from a legend.

“His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift. I knew for a year this was the way it would be.” -Tony Visconti

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