His 26th (!) studio LP to date, ★ follows 2013’s The Next Day and was co-produced by longtime collaborator Tony Visconti. Its seven tracks were said to be inspired by Kendrick Lamar and Death Grips, and feature additional percussion from LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy.
Along with previously issued singles “‘Tis A Pity She Was A Whore” and “Sue (Or In A Season of Crime)”, the full-length includes a single called “Lazarus”, which shares its name with the off-Broadway production Bowie co-wrote and contributed music to.
In her glowing review of the album, Sasha Geffen writes:
“It would have been so easy for Bowie to make Next Day after Next Day, to satisfy the nostalgists with carefully measured Bowie rock. But Bowie has always been more of a pose than a sound, and to see him fall into complacency would disrupt his cultural standing more than any deviation from his formula.★ is a battle cry against boredom, a wide-eyed drama set in a world just beyond our scopes. It doesn’t get more Bowie than that.”
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02. ‘Tis A Pity She Was a Whore
04. Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)
05. Girl Loves Me
06. Dollar Days
07. I Can’t Give Everything Away