Heathen (Ltd. Ed. - Special Packaging)

Heathen (Ltd. Ed. - Special Packaging)

by David Bowie
     
 

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Heathen marks a new beginning for David Bowie in some ways -- it's his first record since leaving Virgin, his first for Columbia Records, his first for his new label, ISO -- yet it's hardly a new musical direction. Like Hours, this finds Bowie sifting through the sounds of his past, completely at ease with his legacy, crafting a colorful, satisfying album that

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Heathen marks a new beginning for David Bowie in some ways -- it's his first record since leaving Virgin, his first for Columbia Records, his first for his new label, ISO -- yet it's hardly a new musical direction. Like Hours, this finds Bowie sifting through the sounds of his past, completely at ease with his legacy, crafting a colorful, satisfying album that feels like a classic Bowie album. That's not to say that Heathen recalls any particular album or any era in specific, yet there's a deliberate attempt to recapture the atmosphere, the tone of his '70s work -- there's a reason that Bowie decided to reteam with Tony Visconti, the co-producer of some of his best records, for this album -- even if direct comparisons are hard to come by. Which is exactly what's so impressive about this album. Bowie and Visconti never shy away from electronic instrumentations or modern production -- if anything, they embrace it -- but it's woven into Bowie's sound subtly, never drawing attention to the drum loops, guitar synths, and washes of electronica. For that matter, guest spots by Dave Grohl and Pete Townshend (both on guitar) don't stand out either; they're merely added texture to this an album that's intricately layered, but always plays smoothly and alluringly. And, make no mistake, this is an alluring, welcoming, friendly album -- there are some moody moments, but Bowie takes Neil Young's eerie "I've Been Waiting for You" and Pixies' elusively brutal, creepy "Cactus" and turns them sweet, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, either. In the end, that's the key to Heathen -- the undercurrent of happiness, not in the lyrics, but in the making of music, a realization by Bowie and Visconti alike that they are perfect collaborators. Unlike their previous albums together, this doesn't boldly break new ground, but that's because, 22 years after their last collaboration, Scary Monsters, both Bowie and Visconti don't need to try as hard, so they just focus on the craft. The result is an understated, utterly satisfying record, his best since Scary Monsters, simply because he'd never sounded as assured and consistent since. [The 12x12" box version was released in limited-edition during the original pressing of Heathen

Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998665729
catalogNumber:
86657

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Saxophone,Background Vocals,Stylophone
Pete Townshend   Guitar
David Torn   Guitar,Guitar Loops
Lisa Germano   Violin
Solá Akingbolá   Percussion
Carlos Alomar   Guitar
Sterling Campbell   Percussion,Drums
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums
David Clayton   Keyboards
Steve Elson   Horn
Dave Grohl   Guitar
Stan Harrison   Horn
Tony Levin   Bass
Gary Miller   Guitar
Lenny Pickett   Horn
John Read   Bass
Tony Visconti   Bass,Guitar,Recorder,Background Vocals
Mary Wooten   Cello
Gerry Leonard   Guitar
Gregor Kitzis   Violin
Mark Plati   Bass,Guitar
Martha Mooke   Viola
Kristeen Young   Piano,Vocals
Meg Okura   Violin
Philip Sheppard   Electric Cello

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Producer
Matt Chamberlain   Loop Programming
Gary Miller   Programming,Producer
Brian Rawling   Producer
Tony Visconti   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer,Guitar Engineer,Guitar Producer
Mark Plati   Producer,Engineer
Todd Vos   Engineer
Brandon Mason   Engineer
Christian Rutledge   Engineer
Héctor Castillo   Engineer

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