Let’s Dance is a very weird album. You listen to Scary Monsters and you then listen to this album, it is completely different, musically, stylistically, it is completely different. The only way you’d know its a Bowie album is that his picture is on the cover.
David Bowie’s output in the 1980’s was very mixed, to say the least, both musically and creatively. That isn’t to say that there were no good songs to come out of this period, but you will note that my comments will probably be more mixed over the next few days.
He called Lodger the Triptych of the last few albums he had created. It is the last album of the trilogy and is perhaps my personal favourite album of Bowie’s. This album is also rather underrated too.
Low was the beginning of a 3 year period whereby David Bowie would work with minimalist instrumentalist Brian Eno and would make 3 of his own albums, and produce 2 for fellow Cocaine addict in recovery, Iggy Pop. I said in my previous entry that Low was a relatively inaccessible album, and while the follow up would be fairly inaccessible in itself, it is less so.
In 1976, David Bowie was very much a shell of his former self. Drug abuse was catching up with him, and he needed to get clean. His plan? Move from LA; the Cocaine capital of the world, and move to the Heroin capital of the world, West Berlin.