The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Iain Shed­den

Much ex­cite­ment sur­rounds the release of David Bowie’s new al­bum, Black­star, which is due on the English star’s birth­day, Jan­uary 8. Cer­tainly the al­ready spruiked 10-minute ti­tle track, a weird mix of chant­ing, trance­like beats and with a pop song em­bed­ded in the mid­dle, sug­gests it will be a typ­i­cally ad­ven­tur­ous offering from the Thin White Duke. New sin­gle Lazarus, out this week­end, is a fea­ture song from the stage mu­si­cal of the same name by Bowie and Ir­ish play­wright Enda Walsh. The show opened in New York early this month and has been get­ting rave re­views, with The New York Times gush­ing in rather flow­ery lan­guage about how “ice-cold bolts of ec­stasy shoot like no­vas through the glam­orous mud­dle and murk”. I think that’s a good thing. One ad­vance re­view of the new al­bum likens it to Bowie’s out­put from his glo­ri­ous Berlin pe­riod, which pro­duced the albums Low, He­roes and Lodger. That should be of in­ter­est to an­other great English tune­smith, Elvis Costello. SD has been hurtling through Costello’s ex­cel­lent, lengthy au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Un­faith­ful Mu­sic & Dis­ap­pear­ing Ink, where he re­veals that he and his band the At­trac­tions spent many an hour lis­ten­ing to Low and He­roes on the tour bus as they made their way across the US for the first time in the late 1970s. You can read re­views of Bowie’s al­bum and Costello’s book in th­ese pages over the com­ing weeks.

David Bowie rises again

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