10 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Mostly written during the whirlwind of Bowie's first American tour, Aladdin Sane sounds at first like a harder-edged, flashier version of Ziggy Stardust. Closer listening reveals an ambitious examination of decadence and excess. Unsettling character studies like the Stonesy "Watch That Man" and the chaotic proto-punk strut "Cracked Actor" clash provocatively against the strangely beautiful title track. That song's avant-garde piano solo is echoed by the lush, cinematic atmosphere of "Lady Grinning Soul," while "Drive-In Saturday" and "The Prettiest Star" recontextualize early rock sounds.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Mostly written during the whirlwind of Bowie's first American tour, Aladdin Sane sounds at first like a harder-edged, flashier version of Ziggy Stardust. Closer listening reveals an ambitious examination of decadence and excess. Unsettling character studies like the Stonesy "Watch That Man" and the chaotic proto-punk strut "Cracked Actor" clash provocatively against the strangely beautiful title track. That song's avant-garde piano solo is echoed by the lush, cinematic atmosphere of "Lady Grinning Soul," while "Drive-In Saturday" and "The Prettiest Star" recontextualize early rock sounds.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
39 Ratings
39 Ratings
Kobe keokuk ,

Great Rock n Roll end to end

great rock n roll, several of the best piano/guitar diven songs ever! true talent here

sontupelo ,

Top 10

Best Bowie album ever in my opinion and in my all time top10

lie2me ,

Best Record

In my opinion, this was better than Ziggy Stardust.
Mick Ronson was at his best on guitar.
The introduction of saxiphone and more piano was superb.
I only wish I had been older and had seen them play live together for this record in the early 70s.

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