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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
David Bowie returned to relatively conventional rock & roll with Scary Monsters, an album that effectively acts as an encapsulation of all his '70s experiments. Reworking glam rock themes with avant-garde synth flourishes, and reversing the process as well, Bowie creates dense but accessible music throughout Scary Monsters. Though it doesn't have the vision of his other classic records, it wasn't designed to break new ground -- it was created as the culmination of Bowie's experimental genre-shifting of the '70s. As a result, Scary Monsters is Bowie's last great album. While the music isn't far removed from the post-punk of the early '80s, it does sound ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
David Bowie returned to relatively conventional rock & roll with Scary Monsters, an album that effectively acts as an encapsulation of all his '70s experiments. Reworking glam rock themes with avant-garde synth flourishes, and reversing the process as well, Bowie creates dense but accessible music throughout Scary Monsters. Though it doesn't have the vision of his other classic records, it wasn't designed to break new ground -- it was created as the culmination of Bowie's experimental genre-shifting of the '70s. As a result, Scary Monsters is Bowie's last great album. While the music isn't far removed from the post-punk of the early '80s, it does sound fresh, hip, and contemporary, which is something Bowie lost over the course of the '80s. [Rykodisc's 1992 reissue includes re-recorded versions of "Space Oddity" and "Panic in Detroit," the Japanese single "Crystal Japan," and the British single "Alabama Song."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1999
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724352189502
  • Catalog Number: 218956
  • Sales rank: 3,355

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Bowie Primary Artist, Guitar, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals
Pete Townshend Guitar, Vocals
Carlos Alomar Guitar
Roy Bittan Piano, Keyboards
Andrew Clark Synthesizer
Dennis Davis Percussion
Robert Fripp Guitar
Chuck Hammer Guitar
Michi Hirota Vocals, Voices
Lynn Maitland Background Vocals
Lynn Maltland Background Vocals
Hisahi Miura Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
George Murray Bass
Chris Porter Background Vocals
Tony Visconti Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Background Vocals
Andy Clark Synthesizer
Technical Credits
David Bowie Composer, Producer, Engineer, Artwork
Tom Verlaine Composer
Peter Mew Remastering
Hisahi Miura translation
Tony Visconti Producer, Engineer
Nigel Reeve Remastering
Edward Bell Artwork, Illustrations, Cover Art
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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    If you love rock music..

    This is a must have, whether you own whatever version. I'm careful not to call it Bowie's best album, but it's definitly in the top five. It would be easier to determine his worst five.
    This was not Bowie's last great album though. Outside 1. from 1995 was equally as good. Ziggy stardust might not be in the top five, probably makes it, Alladin Sane does, out of Mick Ronson's playing, he deserves to be in the top five.
    Fripp is different beast though, as proven on this record, and Low.
    It's no game part one, kingdome come, scream like a baby, all classics, ones that nobody who listens to the radio Bowie ever hear. The lyrics go from fantasy (ashes to ashes) to fiction based on reality going in and out of the third person (scream like a baby). Bowie and Fripp really connected on this record.
    Outside might be his only true concept album, with every song and segue part of an ongoing story.
    But Scary Monsters is definitly themed, and 31 years old, doesn't sound dated at all.
    One thing I try to impress on young people, is that 1980 special effects and voice tricking was still years away. The fact that he accomplished that in 1980, is still unbelievable. Lets Dance was an excellent record that followed also. Never Let me down was totally unispired and forced for a tour. He would been better off if he just toured. That album drove a lot of old fans away. But he wasn't down, as proven from '89-'04.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An absolute piece of art

    Mmm, if someone asked me about one piece of art of the 80's I would say him: just listen "Scary Monsters". Totally perfect, totally sweet, totally mystic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A masterpiece!

    This is a musical masterpiece from the genius of David Bowie and arguably one of the best albums of the 1980's. From the starting track it's clear that this will be no ordinary walk through the park. The album has a very stripped down and simplistic sound but is still able to create a dense and haunting atmosphere. The songs contained within pull the listener in to a dark subversive world filled with musings of love, doom and darkness. By far the best hits are "Ashes to Ashes" where we find out that "...Maj. Tom's a junkie, strung out in Heaven's high, hiting an all time low". "Fashion" is a danceable, synth heavy song that serves as a biting stab at the fashion industry and the pretty, but vain, shallow and selfish people that make it their only world. The title track "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" is a rockable guitar driven song that is dark and somehat scary in its lyrics and melodies. Another notable track is the song "Up The Hill Backwards" that has a melancholy sound but an uplifting chorus ("up the hill backwards, it'll be alright"). This is an excellent album with a detached sound a hard rock theme mixed in, but is still easily accessible by rock/music lovers from all over. That is evident as this was a hit album when released in 1980. Though it was released in the height of the punk era, it still has the ability to captivate without being too punk or commercial. The lyrics are moody and interesting without being too artsy or pretentious. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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