Album Review: Blackstar

April 11, 2016



By: Sophia Suarez

David Bowie’s swan song was released January 8th, only two days before the musical hero’s untimely death. Blackstar is a melange of experimental jazz with melodies akin to that of Bowie’s 1980s hit album, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). Added to this unique mix are Bowie’s vocals, which range from those of a soft and wandering crooner to a hard and screeching metalhead. The entire projects transports the listeners to Bowie’s latest dreamland, one which now, in context, is darker than previous ones. The new universe is Blackstar. It is no longer just an album. It is a new world created separately from a flamboyant persona or surrealistic imagery. It is a world composed of the entire essence of David Bowie.
As listeners, we become empathetic to Bowie’s influences and experiences. He draws from sources like ultraviolent language of A Clockwork Orange and the incestuous violence of a 17th century play, making those themes his own. We also find ourselves intertwined in the mystery behind the subjects of death and longing which take a heavy place within his world. Two days after the release, of course, we found ourselves in a dreamland that was far too real.
Blackstar is extraordinary in that it is not just an album, but an epitaph. It is the last Bowie album released in his lifetime, a shining supernova. Posthumous albums will be released starting in 2017, and I am hoping this will lead us to discover not just life on Mars, but a whole new galaxy.

4.5/5 Scissors

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