Low

Low

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by David Bowie
     
 

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Following through with the avant-garde inclinations of Station to Station, yet explicitly breaking with David Bowie's past, Low is a dense, challenging album that confirmed his place at rock's cutting edge. Driven by dissonant synthesizers and electronics, Low is divided between brief, angular songs andSee more details below

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Following through with the avant-garde inclinations of Station to Station, yet explicitly breaking with David Bowie's past, Low is a dense, challenging album that confirmed his place at rock's cutting edge. Driven by dissonant synthesizers and electronics, Low is divided between brief, angular songs and atmospheric instrumentals. Throughout the record's first half, the guitars are jagged and the synthesizers drone with a menacing robotic pulse, while Bowie's vocals are unnaturally layered and overdubbed. During the instrumental half, the electronics turn cool, which is a relief after the intensity of the preceding avant pop. Half the credit for Low's success goes to Brian Eno, who explored similar ambient territory on his own releases. Eno functioned as a conduit for Bowie's ideas, and in turn Bowie made the experimentalism of not only Eno but of the German synth group Kraftwerk and the post-punk group Wire respectable, if not quite mainstream. Though a handful of the vocal pieces on Low are accessible -- "Sound and Vision" has a shimmering guitar hook, and "Be My Wife" subverts soul structure in a surprisingly catchy fashion -- the record is defiantly experimental and dense with detail, providing a new direction for the avant-garde in rock & roll.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/1999
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0724352190706
catalogNumber:
219077
Rank:
1683

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Bowie   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Cello,Horn,Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals,Xylophone,Various,Vibes,Tape,ARP,chamberlain,Brass Synth,Pump Bass
Peter Himmelman   Piano,ARP
Iggy Pop   Organ,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Carlos Alomar   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Dennis Davis   Percussion
Brian Eno   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Multi Instruments,chamberlain,Mini Moog
Ricky Gardiner   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Mary Hopkin   Vocals
Eduard Meyerm   Cello
George Murray   Bass,Bass Guitar
Ricky Murray   Bass
Roy Young   Organ,Piano,farfisa organ
Eduard Meyer   Cello
Mary Visconti   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer,Producer
Wall   Engineer
Dennis Davis   Composer
Brian Eno   Composer,Engineer
Peter Mew   Remastering
Toby Mountain   Mastering
George Murray   Composer
Tony Visconti   Producer
Nigel Reeve   Remastering

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