10 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The hippie folk-rock sound of David Bowie's second album (like his 1967 debut, it was just called David Bowie on its original UK release) may come as a surprise at first. But underneath the pealing 12-string acoustic guitars and often lavish arrangements, the title track's chilling alienation and the doomy epic "Cygnet Committee" forecast Bowie's sometimes apocalyptic '70s lyrics. Elsewhere, the touching breakup ballad "Letter to Hermione" and the dreamily communal "Memory of a Free Festival" showcase a gentler side.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The hippie folk-rock sound of David Bowie's second album (like his 1967 debut, it was just called David Bowie on its original UK release) may come as a surprise at first. But underneath the pealing 12-string acoustic guitars and often lavish arrangements, the title track's chilling alienation and the doomy epic "Cygnet Committee" forecast Bowie's sometimes apocalyptic '70s lyrics. Elsewhere, the touching breakup ballad "Letter to Hermione" and the dreamily communal "Memory of a Free Festival" showcase a gentler side.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
37 Ratings
37 Ratings
Stormcreator777 ,

Epic!!

This is probably my favorite Bowie album along with Scary monsters, Station to Station & Aladdin Sane. I never gave any thought to the album (besides Space oddity) because of what I heard people say about it in videos & stuff. When I finally listened to the album fully through, I loved it especially tracks 2,4,8 & 9. Give it a full listen through, it’s worth the $9.99 you have on you iTunes account.

Old BOWIE fan ,

Bowie’s Best

For those of you who are just radio fans of Bowie. All I, being a very early fan, have to say is listen, really listen to Cygnet Committee and then you will get Bowie

DobbyTheHouseElf328 ,

I give 8/10

Been a huge Bowie fan a long time but I always skipped over this album for some reason. Of course the song Space Oddity is classic in itself. As was Letter to Hermoine. But the album as a whole has some good stuff so don't let it get away like me. The only ones I wasn't into were Cygnet Commitee & Memory of a Free Festival (they just seemed out of place in my opinion) & Unwashed I liked but also seemed out of place to me as well. But Oddity, Wild Eye, Janine & Hermoine I think are especially worth hearing, if Bowie is new to you, I say start with a different album.

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