Yesterday we lost one of the greats; David Bowie, who fought long and hard in a battle with cancer. At such a sad and sensitive moment in music he gave music lovers his last final gift in the form of an album, ‘Blackstar’, released just this week. The album is set to climb the charts, breaking records as fans and listeners across the globe celebrate and view his final record and music videos in his lifetime.
Blackstar joins a host of amazing albums, including ‘Nothing Has Changed’ (2014). Spanning his entire career this ‘Best Of’ record successfully takes the listener on a journey across the legend’s lifetime. Broadcasting his sonic creations you really get a deeper understanding of his development as an artist and a wider view of his adaptations throughout the decades.
Songs to look out for on disc one are ‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘Starman’, ‘Life On Mars’, ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ and ‘Fame’. Disc two contains many greats such as ‘Let's Dance’, ‘Little Wonder’, ‘China Girl’, ‘Under Pressure’, ‘Love Is Lost’ and ‘Thursday's Child’.
Not to mention his work in film – ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’, ‘The Hunger’ and ‘Labyrinth’ – the latter of which I watched on VHS time and again as a child, heavily enjoying the music played within the movie. The song ‘Magic Dance’ comes to memory straight away, sung by Bowie as the Goblin King, with the lyrics ‘I told my baby!’ playing over and over.
This song is still a joy to hear and will always be cherished among his performances in his eccentric music videos. If you like films like ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Quests’, then this is for you. If you love movies full of music, singing and David Bowie as a cool, slick super fresh sinister-looking villain – you’ll like it even more.
With a loss as great as this we can only look back and celebrate his success and creativity. The record’s storytelling and the wondrous passion installed in his work are beyond staggering. Whilst just some of Bowie’s work can be found on Itunes, a more comprehensive selection of albums, eps and collaborations can be found over at Roughtrade, Vevo and his official Website. Rough Trade are offering to donate all profits from David Bowie's music to the charity Cancer Research. Please support.
Words: Luke Cole