The Next Day
Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 23:03
Bowie fans reunite—the newest album in the long line of David Bowie creations, The Next Day, has arrived.
It’s been ten long years since Reality came to listeners like the second coming of Christ, except it actually happened.
The cover art for The Next Day is the exact cover from the studio album Heroes, but with a few minor changes. As a true artist, Bowie lets his audience determine the reason for this, but the implication is that, for him, it seems like it was only yesterday that he put out a new album.
The album starts with the title track “The Next Day,” which isn’t exactly the best start. The instruments seem too upbeat in comparison to the haunting, deep voice of Bowie, making it feel like the lyrics were mixed with the wrong track.
The Next Day quickly redeems itself as the second track, “Dirty Boys,” hits the eardrums with a funky beat accompanied by the eerie, dramatic, British-accented baritone of Bowie’s distinctive voice.
One of the best tracks is “If You Can See Me.” The chorus lyrics, “If you can see me/I can see you,” create an ominous sensation of being watched by an unknown force, forcing shivers up the listener’s spine.
Each song pounds down like a hard rain awakening the senses. This is what Bowie does best. One cannot just listen to the music; all the other senses also have to be apart of the experience.
Although there isn’t a breakout hit like “Rebel, Rebel” or “Let’s Dance,” this album should, for now, quench the thirst—for the next ten years.