David Bowie

Black­star

Guitar Techniques - - MUSIC | REVIEWS -

ISO Records

Bowie’s death was a tragic loss to the mu­sic world but this, his swan­song, can be trea­sured as an ex­am­ple of an artist who never stuck to a win­ning for­mula. He was al­ways push­ing his mu­si­cal bound­aries and con­tin­ued to re-in­vent him­self on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, so it will come as no sur­prise that this al­bum of­fers a new an­gle to his reper­toire. That’s quite a tall or­der when you con­sider that this is his 25th stu­dio re­lease and while it def­i­nitely bor­ders on jazz, it’s not quite like any­thing else you’ve heard. As with many pre­vi­ous al­bums, the gui­tar work breaks new bound­aries but is less prom­i­nent than we’re used to get­ting from Bowie. While the mood of the open­ing ti­tle track is melan­choly and the vo­cal mourn­ful, the mood picks up as you progress through. The gui­tar work from Ben Mon­der on I Can’t Give Ev­ery­thing Away is some­thing re­ally spe­cial. Not the eas­i­est Bowie al­bum to get into but well worth the ef­fort.

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