I think Bowie's 80s work gets unfairly criticised because:
a) people have a tendancy to judge on albums and forget the excellent soundtrack work he did in that decade
b) Scary Monsters is often (incorrectly) considered a '70s album' because of it's clear links back to that decade.
c) the surface gloss of Let's Dance hinders people's views of a rather excellent album of singing, playing, production and songwriting.
d) Blah Blah Blah is better than Never Let Me Down (I'd also argue that Labyrinth is better than Tonight). But only one of those two records is credited to the artist known as David Bowie.
What I tried to do once was offer this comparison between 80s and 90s Bowie which aimed at gaining some accurate opinion on the matter. Anyway, on a head to head basis, the decades were split by a factor of 3 against 3.
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