DAVID BOWIE – NEVER LET ME DOWN (1987)

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NEVER LET ME DOWN

“I felt a warm warm breeze that melted metal and steel”

Artist: David Bowie
Released: 20 April 1987
Recorded: 1986 – 1987
Genre: Pop Rock (+New Wave, Art Pop)
Label: EMI America
Producer: David Bowie, David Richards
Length: 52:42 (CD version)
Issue Date: 1987 (CD version)
Best Track: Never Let Me Down

TRACKS: 1) Day-In Day-Out; 2) Time Will Crawl; 3) Beat of Your Drum; 4) Never Let Me Down; 5) Zeroes; 6) Glass Spider; 7) Shining Star (Makin’ My Love); 8) New York’s in Love; 9) ’87 and Cry; 10) Too Dizzy; 11) Bang Bang

In anticipation for the upcoming box set Loving the Alien (1983-1988), I will review three of David Bowie’s 1980s records: Let’s Dance (1983), Tonight (1984), and Never Let Me Down (1987). These albums represent his commercial peak, but the latter two are considered some of his worst releases.

Previous reviews include: Let’s Dance (1983), Tonight (1984)

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DAVID BOWIE – TONIGHT (1984)

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TONIGHT

“Pray and the heathen lie will disappear”

Artist: David Bowie
Released: 24 September 1984
Recorded: May – June 1984
Genre: Pop Rock, Dance-Pop (+New Wave)
Label: EMI America
Producer: David Bowie, Derek Bramble, Hugh Padgham
Length: 35:56 (52:42 w/ bonus tracks)
Issue Date: 1995 (Virgin CDVUS97, contains bonus tracks)
Best Track: Loving the Alien

TRACKS: 1) Loving the Alien; 2) Don’t Look Down; 3) God Only Knows; 4) Tonight; 5) Neighborhood Threat; 6) Blue Jean; 7) Tumble and Twirl; 8) I Keep Forgetting; 9) Dancing With the Big Boys; [BONUS TRACKS:] 10) This Is Not America; 11) As the World Falls Down; 12) Absolute Beginners

In anticipation for the upcoming box set Loving the Alien (1983-1988), I will review three of David Bowie’s 1980s records: Let’s Dance (1983), Tonight (1984), and Never Let Me Down (1987). These albums represent his commercial peak, but the latter two are considered some of his worst releases.

Previous reviews include: Let’s Dance (1983)

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DAVID BOWIE – LET’S DANCE (1983)

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LET’S DANCE

“I’ll give you a man who wants to rule the world”

Artist: David Bowie
Released: 14 April 1983
Recorded: December 1982
Genre: Pop Rock, Dance-Pop (+New Wave)
Label: EMI
Producer: David Bowie, Nile Rodgers
Length: 39:41
Issue Date: 1999 (EMI, remastered)
Best Track: Let’s Dance

TRACKS: 1) Modern Love; 2) China Girl; 3) Let’s Dance; 4) Without You; 5) Ricochet; 6) Criminal World; 7) Cat People (Putting Out Fire); 8) Shake It

David Bowie (1947 – 2016) was one of the most important rock artists of the 20th century. His theatrical tendencies and constant exploration of new styles of music have earned him recognition across multiple decades, and influenced genres such as glam rock and punk rock. His most acclaimed album remains The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972), but many of his records, taking up elements of soul, funk, folk, ambient, industrial, and jazz, are well-regarded. His last effort, Blackstar (2016), came out to critical praise two days before his passing.

In anticipation for the upcoming box set Loving the Alien (1983-1988), I will review three of David Bowie’s 1980s records: Let’s Dance (1983), Tonight (1984), and Never Let Me Down (1987). These albums represent his commercial peak, but the latter two are considered some of his worst releases.

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SEPULTURA – ARISE (1991)

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“Same hand that builds destroys, same hand that relieves betrays”

Artist: Sepultura
Released: 25 March 1991
Genre: Thrash Metal (Death Metal)
Label: Roadrunner
Producer: Sepultura, Scott Burns
Length: 42:27
Issue Date: 1991
Best Track: Desperate Cry

TRACKS: 1) Arise; 2) Dead Embryonic Cells; 3) Desperate Cry; 4) Murder; 5) Subtraction; 6) Altered State; 7) Under Siege (Segnum Irae); 8) Meaningless Movements; 9) Infected Voice

Sepultura formed in 1984 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and are the most popular metal band to originate there. Their acclaimed early records, including Beneath the Remains (1989), mix thrash and death metal, and are also recognizable for their high speed and apocalyptic lyrical themes. They would hit their commercial peak in the mid-90s with groove metal efforts such as Chaos A.D. (1993). Their classic lineup comprises brothers Max (vocals, guitar) and Igor (drums) Cavalera, lead guitarist Andreas Kisser, and bassist Paulo Jr..

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SLAYER – DIVINE INTERVENTION (1994)

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DIVINE INTERVENTION

“Violence is my passion, I will never be contained”

Artist: Slayer
Released: 27 September 1994
Recorded: 1994
Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: American Recordings
Producer: Rick Rubin, Toby Wright, Slayer
Length: 36:33
Issue Date: 1994 (American Recordings – CD & Vinyl)
Best Track: Divine Intervention

TRACKS: 1) Killing Fields; 2) Sex. Murder. Art.; 3) Fictional Reality; 4) Dittohead; 5) Divine Intervention; 6) Circle of Beliefs; 7) SS-3; 8) Serenity in Murder; 9) 213; 10) Mind Control

Slayer (formed in 1981) are, along with Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax, one of the “big four” bands in thrash metal. They have garnered fame and notoriety alike for their consistently fast and heavy music (more so than the rest of the big four) and their provocative lyrical matter. Their third full-length LP Reign in Blood (1986) is seen as one of the great thrash records, and has been considered an influence on the death metal genre. Their classic line-up comprised Kerry King (guitar), Tom Araya (vocals and bass), the late Jeff Hanneman (guitar), and Dave Lombardo (drums). In early 2018, Slayer have announced a farewell tour.

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TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2017

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It would be inaccurate to define 2017 as a year of comebacks, given that many classic groups have also made their return in 2016. I would consider it, however, a year of disappointments: some of its most notable releases, coming from recent popular acts and classic bands alike, have very much failed to live up to expectations. In cases such as Arcade Fire, these new albums are seen as career low points. Of course, all of this is rather subjective, but I find it also safe to state that there have not been any “instant consensus classics” in the same vein as To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) or Blackstar (2016) this year either. However, even then, 2017 is not devoid of memorable releases.

This list is non-definite: not only can the difference in quality between two different records be very arbitrary, but my feelings on them and their placement can change as time goes on and as I listen to more releases that have come out this year. For the time being, these are the best albums to come out in 2017. Continue reading

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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – VILLAINS (2017)

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VILLAINS

“Buried so close to the fountain of youth you can almost reach”

Artist: Queens of the Stone Age
Released: 25 August 2017
Recorded: January – March 2017
Genre: Alternative Rock (Hard Rock, Garage Rock)
Label: Matador
Producer: Mark Ronson, Mark Rankin
Length: 48:00
Issue Date: 2017
Best Track: The Evil Has Landed (Un-Reborn Again is a close second)

TRACKS: 1) Feet Don’t Fail Me; 2) The Way You Used to Do; 3) Domesticated Animals; 4) Fortress; 5) Head Like a Haunted House; 6) Un-Reborn Again; 7) Hideaway; 8) The Evil Has Landed; 9) Villains of Circumstance

Following the dissolution of seminal stoner rock group Kyuss in 1996, its ex-guitarist Josh Homme would found Queens of the Stone Age that same year, taking up lead vocal duties as well. The band is known for its modernized hard rock style, its musical and sonic experimentation, and its array of collaborators, including Mark Lanegan and ex-Kyuss bassist Nick Oliveri among others. Their most famous efforts are Rated R (2000) and Songs for the Deaf (2002), the latter of which features Foo Fighters/ex-Nirvana member Dave Grohl as a full-time drummer.

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