It’s been well over a month since David Bowie released his twenty-fifth studio album ‘Blackstar’ (or ‘★”), and even less time since he departed. As someone who grew up not just listening to the Bowie my father played, but also discovering his other music for myself, it became a weird, unusual and emotional week for myself and those I knew. ‘Blackstar’ has remained one of the most intriguing albums I’ve heard since starting this site, and although it’s difficult trying to put into words what ideas one gets from this epitaph, it would feel odd doing nothing at all. ‘Blackstar’ has become one of those albums that has completely ingrained itself upon listening, and one featuring some of the most powerful songs in Bowie’s long and respectable discography.
‘Blackstar’ doesn’t just follow on from Bowie’s 2013 effort of ‘The Next Day’, it completely opens up an entirely new chapter of Bowie’s music. It is now common knowledge that ‘Blackstar’ was intended by Bowie to be his own personal swan song following his death. A fan for his great many fans who know and love his work. Such a daring act adds a whole new element to the album itself, giving it a shape and form that few albums before have even dared to touch. We can off course enjoy and compliment the wonderful rock elements of the album, the gorgeously artful creations that build up tracks beautifully and with immense power. There’s simply so much happening on ‘Blackstar’ that it’s rather difficult to condense it all.
As with any album, you can find yourself perhaps not enjoying tracks as much as others. It’s in the tracks you yourself attach to and form an emotional connection to is where everything all works. This is Bowie’s gift to his fans, and it’s ultimately up to his many different fans to formulate their own opinions on how they feel about this album. Some people may call ‘Blackstar’ their new favourite Bowie album, others may still find it difficult to have it push away ‘Ziggy Stardust’ or ‘Hunky Dory’ off their top spots. Regardless though, it’s impossible to ignore the power and beauty of this album, which has made it one of Bowie’s most important statements in music.
‘Blackstar’ is perhaps one of the more difficult albums to listen to from Bowie’s extensive discography. Those who mourned the singer’s death might perhaps find it difficult opening up to those many feelings all over again, though that perhaps is where the real power of ‘Blackstar’ comes from. The fact that a performer has managed to create that emotional connection in so many of his fans is such a beautiful thing, and it makes ‘Blackstar’ all that more amazing to listen too. It might feel uncomfortable and a little unsettling at times, but it really is a beautiful album at times and one that will truly stand out amongst his work.
- ★★★★★ 5/5
- Girl Loves Me
- I Can’t Give Everything Away
David Bowie’s 25th studio album is out now.