|All Artists: David Bowie
Members Wishing: 9
Total Copies: 0
Label: Virgin Records Us
Original Release Date: 1/1/1977
Re-Release Date: 9/28/1999
Album Type: Enhanced, Original recording reissued
Genres: Alternative Rock, Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Experimental Music, Dance Pop, Progressive, Progressive Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Always up for messing with the formal expectations of rock, Bowie teamed up with Brian Eno for three frustrating but compelling albums, starting with Low. Treated instruments are claustrophobically crowded together, and Bowie's voice leaps in and out of the mix seemingly at will. Where it seems like it might show up, it's replaced by wailing synths or nothing at all, and it vanishes altogether from most of the second half-- a series of long, menacing, barely mobile synth explorations. To prove that they could make pop out of these herky-jerky mix tricks, they pull off "Sound And Vision" in the middle of the disc, but the essence of Low is that the "star" is either absent or alarmingly in your face. --Douglas Wolk
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Paul Bowen | Los Angeles | 03/09/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have always been a Bowie "appreciator". Like the Ziggy stuff... Wasn't so hot on the 80's stuff... blah blah blah...
After hearing this album... I REALLY need to check out more of his back catalog.
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Zarathustra | somewhere in the mountains | 03/27/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album means quite a lot to me, it was my entrance into maturity in music. The first six tracks are mini songs that on first listen seem emotionally irrelevant, especially when compared to the rest of the album. But they are just as beautiful after repeated listens. They become their own little moments of life but just clouded in a pop format. On these songs Bowie doesn't seem to care about the lyrics, although on Always crashing in the same car there is some interesting imagery. These songs are really quite straight forward and what makes them just as emotional as the stuff on the other side I can't explain with words. It's definitely å grace to some of the treatments from Brian Eno.
In the middle there is A new career in a new town which segues into the second part. This is one of my favorite songs on the album, Bowie plays the harmonica accompanied by some great Eno treatments.
The second part of low is the climax. Warszawa is probably the most enduring on the album. It's very much what music is supposed to be about, taking you to a realm where you could not normally escape to, when Bowie starts to sing the african tirana bit especially. Art Decade and Weeping Wall balance it out, giving you many different emotions that you didn't know you had in you. Subterraneans finishes it with some great saxaphone from Bowie.
The album is perfect, some rockers obviously have problems with it but if you like music you'll like this."