new David Bowie album

I’ve been a Bowie fan since High School (mid-00s). It’s a clear return to form and his best album in 30 years. Reminds me of his classic stuff, but not like in a “hey, remember this?” way.

It’s streaming on iTunes if you wanna check it out.

I’ll wait until I get a physical copy to listen to it, even though Bowie seems to be daring us not to: is that not the most godawful album cover for a major artist in the history of recorded music?

Is that really what the cover’s gonna look like? It looks like he put as much thought and effort into it as that one Monty Python album cover.

Always seemed to me like Bowie’s weirdness was never particularly genuine, as though he was trying to reach for something he could never own. Bolan, Eno, Byrne, Harper, Cave their weirdness comes from within, even Nick Lowe can be weird in a natural way that seems to elude Bowie. Which, I suppose, is kind of Bowie’s schtick, and some people find that appealing. This work has that quality to it, if you like that.

I think he spent more time on that explaination than he did on the actual cover.

This photo of Bowie and Tilda Swinton from a recent video shoot is beyond awesome.

His guitarist says that there’s a 50/50 chance of a tour. Fingers crossed.

Guess I’ll check it out, cautiously. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars remains one of my favorite albums of all time, but I also feel it was a peak he never approached again.

In other news: iTunes now supports streaming. I think Spotify and Rdio just spat their coffee.