Aladdin Sane (2013 Remastered Version) by David Bowie on Apple Music

10 Songs

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.

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.

TITLE TIME
4:30
5:08
4:37
4:28
3:01
5:15
3:31
3:10
4:08
3:55

About David Bowie

Everyone has a David Bowie that they fell in love with first—the otherworldly outsider Ziggy Stardust, the electronic adventurer, the wild-eyed glam pioneer, the enigmatic storyteller. But it was Bowie's ability to reinvent himself so vividly that captivated us again and again. Driven by boundless imagination, David Bowie was a multifaceted music icon, a social provocateur, a force in fashion, and a gifted actor whose unique personas and perspectives traveled with him through the decades. From the moment his homesick astronaut captured the spotlight in the late ‘60s to his exploratory, jazz-influenced Blackstar almost 50 years later, he excelled and innovated with turns in pop, glam, punk, soul, hard rock, and electronic music. And even though Bowie released vital albums throughout his life—and will forever embody the most artful edge of rock ’n’ roll—he was more than just the music he made. Bowie's fearlessness inspired us to celebrate the complexity and beauty of being completely ourselves.

  • ORIGIN
    Brixton, London, England
  • BORN
    Jan 8, 1947

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