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Never Let Me Down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Overproduced and boring

    Called by the most (including the White Duke himself)as the "worst Bowie album", NLMD shows Bowie at his 80's maisntream-pop weakest point. The album is simply overproduced and it's a lackluster performance "done to make money" between 80's pop fanatics. However NLMD offers some gems and interesting tracks (the Palmer's esque Day-In Day-Out, the underrated Time Will Crawl, the title track, Zeroes or the infectious Glass Spider). But sadly the album is mixed with awful filler (Shining Star, NY's in love, Beat of your drum, or a horrible and overproduced version of Iggy Pop's Bang-Bang). In conclusion, NLMD isn't an easy listening for everyone who isn't a Bowie's hardcore fanatic, but it's enough accesible and has enough hooks to make it worthwhile to the freaky lovers of the 80's arena synth-pop/rock albums. As NLMD displays, the failure of its "Glass Spider Tour" was dire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010


    Widely regarded by everyone - including the great man himself - as something of a creative cul-de-sac, the overall feel of Never Let Me Down owes more to Robert Palmer then to the chameleon of rock. Album opener Day In Day Out sets the standard with it's overbearing production, zapping horns and bloated guitar solos. It's a real shame too. Tracks like Time Will Crawl and 87 And Cry feature some interesting lyrics while the Lennonesque title track - apparantly a last-minute addition - is undervalued.Other than that what remains is messy art-rock, Glass Spider has a Bowie narrative delivered with an air of sheer boredom and as for Mickey Rourke's ''mid-song rap'' on Shining Star, well, words fail me.In conclusion a set including too few gems and lots of unecessary 80's stadium rock stylings. Black Tie White Noise was six years away and it couldn't come sooner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2008

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