Black Tie White Noise

Black Tie White Noise

by David Bowie
     
 

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Black Tie White Noise was the beginning of David Bowie's return from the wilderness of post-Let's Dance, the first indication that he was regaining his creative spark. To say as much suggests that it's a bit of a lost classic, when it's rather a sporadically intriguing transitional album, finding Bowie balancing the commercial dance-rock of Let's

Overview

Black Tie White Noise was the beginning of David Bowie's return from the wilderness of post-Let's Dance, the first indication that he was regaining his creative spark. To say as much suggests that it's a bit of a lost classic, when it's rather a sporadically intriguing transitional album, finding Bowie balancing the commercial dance-rock of Let's Dance with artier inclinations from his Berlin period, all the while trying to draw on the past by working with former Spider from Mars guitarist Mick Ronson, collaborating with Let's Dance producer Nile Rodgers, and even covering inspiration Scott Walker's "Nite Flights." On top of that, the record was inspired by his recent marriage to supermodel Iman -- the record is bookended with "The Wedding" and "The Wedding Song" -- and then tied up and presented as a sophisticated modern urban soul record, one that draws from uptown soul (including, rather bafflingly, a duet with Al B. Sure!) and state-of-the-art dance-club techno, while adding splashy touches like solos from avant jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie and a nod to modern alt-rock via a nifty cover of Morrissey's "I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday." That's a lot of stuff for one record to handle, so it shouldn't come as a great surprise that the album doesn't always work, but its stylish restlessness comes as a great relief, particularly when compared to the hermetically sealed previous solo Bowie record, 1987's Never Let Me Down. Black Tie White Noise displays greater musical ambition than any record he'd made since Scary Monsters, and while much of the record feels like unrealized ideas, there are songs where it all gels, like on the paranoid jumble of "Jump They Say," the aforementioned covers, the impassioned "You've Been Around," and the self-consciously smooth title track. Moments like these are the first in a long time to feel classically Bowie, and they point ahead toward the more interesting records he made in the second half of the '90s, but they are encased in a production that not only sounds dated years later, but sounded dated upon its release in the spring of 1993, two years into the thick of alternative rock. At that point, the club-centric, mainstream-courting Black Tie White Noise seemed as an anachronism during the guitar-heavy grunge-n-industrial glory days -- something Bowie tacitly acknowledged with its 1995 successor, Outside, which was every bit as gloomy as a Nine Inch Nails record -- but separated from the vagaries of fashion, it's an interesting first step in Bowie's creative revival.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2003
Label:
Emi Import
UPC:
0724358333824
catalogNumber:
5833382
Rank:
24961

Tracks

  1. The Wedding  - David Bowie
  2. You've Been Around  - David Bowie
  3. I Feel Free  - David Bowie
  4. Black Tie White Noise  - David Bowie
  5. Jump They Say  - David Bowie
  6. Nite Flights  - David Bowie
  7. Pallas Athena  - David Bowie
  8. Miracle Goodnight  - David Bowie
  9. Don't Let Me Down & Down  - David Bowie
  10. Looking for Lester  - David Bowie
  11. I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday  - David Bowie
  12. The Wedding Song  - David Bowie
  13. Jump They Say  - David Bowie
  14. Lucy Can't Dance  - David Bowie

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Saxophone,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lester Bowie   Trumpet
Mike Garson   Piano
Nile Rodgers   Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Mick Ronson   Guitar
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
B. Sure!   Vocals
Poogie Bell   Drums
Barry Campbell   Bass
Sterling Campbell   Drums
Maryel Epps   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Reeves Gabrels   Guitar
Richard Hilton   Keyboards
Brenda White-King   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Curtis Rance King   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Chico O'Farrill   Conductor
John Regan   Bass
Philippe Saisse   Keyboards
Frank Simms   Choir, Chorus
George Simms   Choir, Chorus
David Spinner   Choir, Chorus
Richard Tee   Keyboards
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Gerardo Velez   Percussion
Dan Wilensky   Saxophone
Lamya Al-Mughiery   Choir, Chorus
Connie Petruk   Choir, Chorus
Michael Riesman   Harp,Bells,Tubular Bells
Wild T. Springer   Guitar
David Richards   Keyboards
Dennis Collins   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer,Producer
Jack Bruce   Composer
Nile Rodgers   Producer
Scott Walker   Composer
Pete Brown   Composer
Reeves Gabrels   Composer
Jon Goldberger   Engineer
Richard Hilton   Programming
Morrissey   Composer
Chico O'Farrill   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Michael Riesman   String Arrangements
Gary Tole   Engineer
Andy Grassi   Engineer
Mark E. Nevin   Composer
David Richards   Programming
Jae-E   Producer,Remixing
Michel Valmont   Composer
Martine Valmont   Composer
Engels   Composer
Tahra Valmont   Composer

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