David Bowie – Reality (2003)

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Just over a year after Heathen hit stores, David Bowie was back with another dose of his recently — once again — re-invented self. (Hey, at least we got a few albums in a row from this persona.) Having successfully shed his largely unsuccessful “industrial” leanings with the dark and introspective, but stilted, Hours …, Bowie put out his best work in two decades with 2002’s Heathen, so hopes were high that Reality would continue in this vein.

It ended up as another great album that — as I once read on the Bowie newsgroup — fans ran out to buy the minute the stores opened, listened to three times, then put on the shelf so they could continue obsessing about early-70s Bowie.

As with his last album, Bowie tossed in a couple of covers in the form of Modern Lovers’ “Pablo Picasso” and George Harrison’s “Try Some, Buy Some,” and even upset fans a little bit with the news that the Matrix, a production and writing team with ties to Avril Lavigne and Liz Phair, had a hand in the new album.

Fortunately, they were only behind the mixing console and not writing.

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Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson has contributed to Blogcritics, and maintained a series of stand-alone sites including Known Johnson, Everything is a Mess and others. He studied both creative writing and then studio art at Arizona State. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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