“Diamond Dogs” by Bowie - album review

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TJR says

So now you're half man half dog? Er, right you are then. By this stage, it seems to me that Bowie is obsessed by larger than life rock theatre and not concerned enough with creating cool-as-fuck rock n roll records. “Diamond Dogs” and “Rebel Rebel” kick-ass, whilst “Candidate” – a mid-suite segment piece – is meaty and can boast of some honking sax from the main man. Closer “1984” recalls the funky wah-wah of Isaac Hayes’ “Shaft” and is interesting even if it does get completely carried away with itself, perhaps even invoking images of a Saturday night revue at the Palladium. Somehow, I can’t get rid of the image of a choreographed dance routine to go with this – I can even see the balded bow-tied geezers in the pits playing violins. Saving the day, “Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family” lives up to its great title and leaves the album on a respectably cool note, but, by and large, this fare is decidedly average by his recent high standards.

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A1 [01:05] 5.6.png Bowie - Future Legend (David Robert Jones) Poetry
A2 [05:56] 7.1.png Bowie - Diamond Dogs (David Robert Jones) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A3 [03:39] 5.7.png Bowie - Sweet Thing (David Robert Jones) Songwriter
A4 [02:40] 6.1.png Bowie - Candidate (David Robert Jones) Cerebral Pop
A5 [02:31] 5.6.png Bowie - Sweet Thing (Reprise) (David Robert Jones) Songwriter
A6 [04:30] 8.9.png Bowie - Rebel Rebel (David Robert Jones) New Wave
B1 [04:00] 5.2.png Bowie - Rock ’n’ Roll With Me (David Robert Jones, Warren Peace) Rock
B2 [04:58] 5.1.png Bowie - We Are The Dead (David Robert Jones) Songwriter
B3 [03:27] 5.2.png Bowie - 1984 (David Robert Jones) Disco / Funk
B4 [03:21] 5.1.png Bowie - Big Brother (David Robert Jones) Cerebral Pop
B5 [02:00] 5.6.png Bowie - Chant Of The Ever Circling Skeletal Family (David Robert Jones) New Wave

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