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David Bowie - The Next Day (LP, Album)


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The Next Day is the 25th studio album by English musician David Bowie, released over several dates in March 2013 through his ISO Records label, under exclusive license to Columbia Records. It was his first studio release in ten years after retreating from the public due to a heart attack on the A Reality Tour in 2004. Co-produced by Bowie and longtime collaborator Tony Visconti, the album was recorded in New York City at the Magic Shop and Human Worldwide Studios between May 2011 and October 2012. It featured contributions from new musicians and returning contributors, including Gerry Leonard, Earl Slick, Gail Ann Dorsey, Steve Elson, Sterling Campbell and Zachary Alford. The sessions took place under secrecy, with all personnel involved signing non-disclosure agreements. The Next Day is primarily an art rock album, and contains many call-backs to Bowie's earlier works. The bleak lyrics are partly inspired by his reading of English and Russian history, and cover topics such as tyranny and violence. The characters vary from soldiers and assassins to school shooters and street gangs. The cover art was designed by Jonathan Barnbrook and is an adapted version of Bowie's 1977 album "Heroes". It contains a white square with the album's title obscuring his face and the "Heroes" title crossed out. The debut single "Where Are We Now?" and announcement of the album were posted online, without prior announcement, on 8 January 2013, Bowie's 66th birthday. It made headlines around the world, surprising fans and media who had assumed he had retired from music. Preceded by a viral marketing campaign, The Next Day topped charts worldwide and debuted at number one and two on the UK Albums Chart and US Billboard 200, respectively. It was his first UK number-one album since 1993 and his highest charting US album since 1976. Several singles with accompanying music videos were released throughout 2013. Outtakes and additional remixes appeared on The Next Day Extra in November. The Next Day was released to critical acclaim and regarded as Bowie's best work in decades. Many reviewers highlighted the vocal and musical performances, and made positive comparisons to his earlier works. However, some felt the album lacked innovation and was overlong; it placed on several year-end lists. Among the first surprise albums of the 2010s, The Next Day was included in the 2014 revised edition of Robert Dimery's book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Release Info

Artist: David Bowie
Label: ISO Records
Format: LP, Album
Country: US
Label: ISO Records
Released: 2013-03-25
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: Art Rock

Tracklist

A1 The Next Day
A2 Dirty Boys
A3 The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
A4 Love Is Lost
B1 Where Are We Now?
B2 Valentine’s Day
B3 If You Can See Me
B4 I’d Rather Be High
C1 Boss Of Me
C2 Dancing Out In Space
C3 How Does The Grass Grow?
C4 (You Will) Set The World On Fire
D1 You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
D2 Heat
D3 So She
D4 Plan
D5 I'll Take You There
CD-1 The Next Day
CD-2 Dirty Boys
CD-3 The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
CD-4 Love Is Lost
CD-5 Where Are We Now?
CD-6 Valentine’s Day
CD-7 If You Can See Me
CD-8 I’d Rather Be High
CD-9 Boss Of Me
CD-10 Dancing Out In Space
CD-11 How Does The Grass Grow?
CD-12 (You Will) Set The World On Fire
CD-13 You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
CD-14 Heat
CD-15 So She
CD-16 Plan
CD-17 I'll Take You There

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