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diamondogz74
(freecloud)
12/29/05 03:55 PM
Re: What Bowie album/s are you listening too. new [re: bibiStardust]  

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It's like watching a movie : there's nothing to do, just let the music play.

I had the same feeling last time i heard Sgt Peppers.


Yes it is, how right you are, suddenely I feel like hearing all the Bowie albums over and over again.

Interesting thought about Bowie's Ziggy album being in the same context as Sgt Peppers.




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FastChanges
(stardust savant)
12/29/05 04:50 PM
Re: What Bowie album/s are you listening too? new [re: diamondogz74]  

I only listen to Christmas CDs and a Jimmy Somerville compilation these days. And Seal's acoustic album from last year's 2-CD compilation. And Annie Lennox. And Feist. And "Mamouna". And "A broken frame".

I was listening to Low/Heroes/Lodger/SM a lot earlier in the month.

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b_mardle
(electric tomato)
12/29/05 05:07 PM
Re: What Bowie album/s are you listening too. new [re: diamondogz74]  

For the first time in a whole year, i have time again to really listen to music, like 4-5 albums a day. So nowdays there ain't a single bowie-album i havent been listening to, i have even circulated the labyrinth soundtrack on my record player. The albums i love now more then ever are hours and hunky dory.
Mayby because during the past year or so, i have spent on average only 2 days at home a week. So when ever i did had the opportunity to listen to music, i usually chose either the manic street preachers, or my favourite bowie albums. As a result, albums like hours and other reseaved minimal listening, only once in 2 months or something like that. But now that i have time to propably listen to this albums, i appreciate them more again.

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diamondogz74
(freecloud)
12/30/05 08:37 AM
Re: What Bowie album/s are you listening too. new [re: b_mardle]  

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The albums i love now more then ever are hours and hunky dory.


Good choices Billy, I like to think that Hours... is Bowie's new Hunky Dory, for some reason beyond my comprehension? there are quite a few members here, who dislike Hours...

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I only listen to Christmas CDs and a Jimmy Somerville compilation these days.


*speechless*


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bibiStardust
(crash course raver)
12/30/05 09:48 AM
Re: What Bowie album/s are you listening too. new [re: diamondogz74]  

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for some reason beyond my comprehension? there are quite a few members here, who dislike Hours...


Well, i like it lot, because it's the first album i bought, but, it's not very good album... Although, when i used to play Omikron, i loved the way the music started when you came into a bar. In the end, it's a good soundtrack, not a good album.

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I only listen to (...) Jimmy Somerville compilation these days


LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLL..... why not??

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Bamboo7
(wild eyed peoploid)
12/30/05 12:35 PM
Re: What Bowie album/s are you listening too. new [re: diamondogz74]  

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there are quite a few members here, who dislike Hours...



Can someone please explain this to me? I still don't understand what all the fuss is about. I love Hours...




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Pablo-Picasso
(acolyte)
12/30/05 12:44 PM
Re: What Bowie album/s are you listening too. new [re: Bamboo7]  

A lot of people dislike it because after outside and earthling it seems like a very simplistic album.

Here is what I think of hours...

In 1997 at the end of the 50th Birthday concert David Bowie said "I don't know where I am going next, but I promise it won't bore you". The Earthling album had been recorded by this point and all but one of the tracks had been aired at the Birthday concert. So in effect, Hours was the thing he did next. It was borne out of the sessions which produced the music for the Omikron, Nomad Soul computer game. This was then expanded into Bowie's last album of the 20th century and his last collaboration with Reeves Gabrels.

It was a strange decade for Bowie. It started with him getting a hit single with a remix of a fifteen year old track and the majority of his back catalogue unavailable to buy. It ended with him regaining a lot of his 70s respect after a run of excellent albums, which although not hugely successful by his 70s and early 80s heights, were welcomed by fans for their return to Bowie's experimental best.

Hours came along at a time when the music press were looking back. Dylan had just had a critically lauded album and the press were ready to welcome Bowie back from the wilderness. The style of Bowie�s writing was at his most introspective for the first time in a very long time. The critics harked back to Hunky dory, although apart from the few acoustic tinged numbers there was little to compare. However when taken in relation to the two albums that preceded hours this was definitely a return to "songs". Maybe for Bowie fans we didn't want songs though.

There are a few things which makes hours a lesser album for me, the main thing is the production, the album is supposed to be a return to basics but the vocals are full of these weird vocal effects that turn the back to basics brief on its' head. Ok turning things on their heads is what Bowie does best, but on this occasion it doesn't quite work.

Thursday's Child - First single off the album and a really nice song. Released on two cd singles in the UK one including a Rock mix, which brings the guitar to the front. A really nice song, not cutting edge but very personal. Bowie sounds world weary on this, but that is what the song demands, he is looking back and worrying what is still to come.

Something In The Air - A version of this was used in the film "American psycho" which is possibly better than the version on the album, Mike Garson's piano is higher in the mix. What really irritates about this track is the processed vocals. It sounds much better live, where Bowie has to sing it straight.

Survive - When I first heard this it didn't do much for me, however it did grow on me and I now think it is a really beautiful song. Reeves does some really lovely understated guitar work on this track. Two cd singles again, one with a remix, which is pretty good too. Should have been a bigger hit. Most of the album reviews highlight this track.

If I'm Dreaming My Life - Again a song I wasn't sure of when I first heard it and I always disliked the extended coda, however, upon listening to it today I decided it was a lot better than I thought. A really good backing track, and the first track on the album with a faster rhythm, at least until the end of the first section.

Seven - A really good song, the third single from the album and released on three singles. There was a mixture of live tracks, remixes and videos on the singles. A song which on first listen would appear to be about Bowie's own family, but that would be too easy. There are some good versions of this song including the faster demo version, a Marius de Vries mix and a few mixes by Beck. Probably my favourite track off the album.

What's Really Happening - Written as part of a competition on Bowie net. The winner Alex Grant was taken into the studio to see the finished song being recorded. Most people are of the consensus that this is one of the weakest songs on the album. Nothing really wrong with it, just really ordinary. Quite basic lyrics and just is a bit of a non-event.

The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell - The hardest song on the album and the song which was used to promote the song in Australia. There is an alternate version from the film Stigmata, well actually two versions, one appeared on the album and another appeared in the film. This song suffers from the processed vocals, but apart from that it is a really good song.

New Angels Of Promise - A bit dirge like but with some good touches. The backing vocals and "suspicious minds" section are really good, but the verses are a bit boring. There is an alternate version from the Omikron soundtrack which among other differences changes the suspicious minds line to Omikron.

Brilliant Adventure - A real strange one this. Sounds a bit like a "Heroes" outtake, but unlike any other Bowie instrumental this doesn't move me at all. It is too short to make an impression and is neither that melodic, nor that ambient to work as either.

The Dreamers - Surprisingly not a favourite among fans considering there are so many "Bowieisms" included. There are the "Low" style Bowie backing vocals, and a sublime lead vocal by Bowie too. The backing track is really strong too.

Why do people not like this album? I think the main reason is its' normalness compared to Outside and Earthling, most people were expecting something looking forward to the new millennium, whereas he gave them something looking back. It is the album of a man taking stock, looking to the future by reclaiming the past. His next project after this took this even further by revisiting old songs, with the unreleased Toy album.

It is not the "crap" album that some people would have you believe, but it could be a lot better. It was just a disappointing way to end the 20th century, I think most people wanted the conclusion to the Outside series of albums.


Edited by Pablo-Picasso on 12/30/05 03:16 PM (server time).



diamondogz74
(freecloud)
12/30/05 03:11 PM
Re: What Bowie album/s are you listening too. new [re: Pablo-Picasso]  

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The critics harked back to Hunky dory, although apart from the few acoustic tinged numbers there was little to compare.


Maybe not so much in the sound I grant you, but in the songwriting and the lyrics, this is definitely the new Hunky Dory

Excuse me for asking Alan, but what do these symbols mean...


A good read thanks.


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Pablo-Picasso
(acolyte)
12/30/05 03:14 PM
Re: What Bowie album/s are you listening too. [re: diamondogz74]  

The text got all messed up when I copied it, I thought I had picked out all the messed up characters, obviously I did not.



Bamboo7
(wild eyed peoploid)
12/30/05 04:42 PM
Re: What Bowie album/s are you listening too. [re: Pablo-Picasso]  

Thanks for opinion, Pablo. Very well written, I completely understand what you're trying to say. And you helped me to answer my own question! I haven't been a Bowie fan for very long (sad, I know) so I wasn't impacted by these albums in the way that everyone else must have been. I picked up Hours... before I even heard of 1. Outside or Earthling! Therefore, I heard the album in it's own context and wasn't bothered by the fact that it wasn't like either of it's predecessors. And I also agree that the more one listens to it, the more it tends to grow on you. The first time I heard it, I just liked it. After a few more weeks I loved it. And now, whenever I listen to it, I have to listen to it from start to finish (not including the bonus tracks, though). I think it tends to flow very well from track to track, very much like what was said earlier about Ziggy and Sgt. Pepper's. Don't get me wrong, I'm not comparing Hours... to Ziggy, I just think that both albums have a great flow all the way through. Well, except for It Ain't Easy. I just can't get into that song.




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