B. E Jackson | Pennsylvania | 01/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I want to say I will NOT be listening to these late 70's David Bowie albums very often (Heroes, Low, and Lodger) because for some reason, they give me incredibly severe nightmares.
But, when I don't mind having nightmares and find the courage to give them a shot, I find myself preferring Lodger over the other two. Yeah yeah, unpopular opinion. I'm no stranger to going against the norm!
The opening song is probably the prettiest and saddest song Bowie ever wrote. That's one fine little moment of brilliance there. But then quite possibly my favorite song from the album "African Night Flight" is next. I LOVE this song! The verse melody, the way Bowie sounds drunk and sings "ahhhh trapped on islan-in Hawaii" over and over (actually that's not what he says at all, in fact I don't think he's actually putting words together there, but when you play the song enough times you begin to think he IS saying something!) and just everything about the extremely strong vocal melody... a classic!
"Yassassin" rules a lot. It's like reggae almost, but with extremely catchy vocals. "Red Sails" is another really spectacular song. I like how diverse David Bowie is. All these experiments work really well on Lodger.
"DJ" took me YEARS to appreciate, because for a long time I thought it was just a Talking Heads rip-off without any of the charm that makes the Talking Heads so great. I was wrong though, don't worry. I love the song now. "Repetition" is PROOF that David Bowie has a lot of talent, because not anyone can write a song like this and make it good. In fact, less than 5% of the musicians out there wouldn't have a clue how to make this song as great as it turned out to be for Mr. Bowie.
The rest of the songs are just really really good.
My Lets Dance.
T-Town Punk | T-Town | 02/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wonderful recording of quirky and interesting pop music. Many disregard it for it's pop appeal and many others disregard it for it's experimental reach, and there are those who think it sounds dated. Man, Chuck Berry sounds dated, Hank Williams sounds dated, Early Clash sounds dated,, The Kinks sound dated, The Stooges sound dated and they all sound magical and magnificent. Lodger is how a lot of music sounded in the late 70's, but better and for me this particular recording echoes Iggy and Bowies collaborations on "The Idiot and "Lust For Life from the late 70's. Same vibe at times, same sound. It is both experimental and pop, much of it is not that different from the first half of Low, really. Great band, great songs, great production, great vision of smart pop for yesterday people."