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ALBUM REVIEW: "The Next Day" by David Bowie

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"The Next Day" by David Bowie
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ALBUM REVIEW: David Bowie – The Next Day (ISO / Columbia) 2013

David Bowie’s new album is a peculiar sight to see, but this time it isn’t Bowie’s androgyny that is catching second glances, it is his powerful social statement.

The album cover of The Next Day is the original cover of Heroes, only, the Heroes part, along with David Bowie’s face and the names of the featured songs of the original album are censored out. The words are marked straight through and Bowie’s face is covered by a big gray square. Why would David Bowie do such a thing to an amazing previous piece of art? Why would he deface an album that gave us songs that have lasted for so long, locked in the soft spot of so many hearts?

The theory is that there are no more heroes. That in this day and age there is no room for a hero. But is it true? Are there really no more heroes? There are still the conventional heroes, the war veterans and current soldiers, the civil authorities to keep us safe at home. There are mothers and fathers, there are those who are doing extraordinary things in this world, and that will never change. But are there heroes, heroic figures that truly act selflessly in every walk of their life out of a passion that has very little to do with the idea that they could gain anything?

David Bowie’s entire career has been one of catching attention not for himself, but for the ideas he wants to introduce into minds that may never have thought that far. David Bowie worked androgyny at a time when it was a cardinal sin for a man to be anything less of masculine. David Bowie never tied himself down in his work, he would work with anyone and everyone who could deal with his strange charm. David Bowie spoke for adolescents that knew what they were going through.

Because of this many find him to be a hero, but he may not agree. He may not find room for even himself to be a hero in a world that has gone too far. But he knows he is a musician, something no one can deny as he continues to work. As he continues to hold onto the true sound he had in the 70’s, even in this new album his voice sounds the same as it did back at the beginning of his career.

His songs hold the same infectious feelings and many provoke questions. He probably couldn’t stop making such art until his death. The album The Next Day is worth a second glance and a listen.

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