The Hearts Filthy Les­son

Out­side, 1995

Classic Rock - - David Bowie -

That this in­ten­tion­ally apos­tro­phe-free de­scent into dis­con­cert­ing in­dus­trial dark­ness was adopted as the clos­ing theme to David Fincher’s self-con­sciously dis­turb­ing se­rial-killer movie Se7en re­ally tells you ev­ery­thing you need to know about it. As a nag­ging, dis­torted, dirty, Eno-treated guitar fig­ure re­peats in­sis­tently, Mike Gar­son hurls ec­cen­tric, avant-garde pi­ano ejac­u­la­tions into the mix, while Bowie’s stressed vo­cal un­rav­els sub­ter­ranean yarns of ex­tra­or­di­nary mad­ness. Ster­ling Camp­bell’s robotic drums drop away briefly as Bowie drawls an enig­matic ‘Paddy, who’s been wear­ing Mi­randa’s clothes?’ and it’s pure Psy­cho. Un­sur­pris­ingly, Trent Reznor’s al­ter­na­tive mix cranks the psy­chosis yet fur­ther.

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