soundtracking with Robert Szkolnicki: The artist formerly known as David Bowie

April 11, 2013

2012 looked at David Bowie with some nostalgia as The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars celebrated a 40th birthday. Forty!

Music critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot looked at David Bowie’s concept album in episode 347 of Sound Opinions.

The major bone of contention: was Bowie simply an assimilator of others’ musical styles or an innovator in his own right? While Greg touts Bowie as a rock legend, Jim stops short at “master assimilator.” But even Jim has to admit Ziggy Stardust is among the best records in Bowie’s career, if only because of all of his guises, it’s the most unabashedly over­the­top.

Music label Paper Bag Records celebrated Ziggy with their artists covering the album.

Here is the tracklist:

  • Born Ruffians ‘Five Years’
  • Austra & CFCF ‘Soul Love ‘
  • PS I Love You ‘Moonage Daydream ‘
  • The Rural Alberta Advantage ‘Starman ‘
  • Slim Twig ‘It Ain’t Easy ‘
  • The Luyas ‘Lady Stardust ‘
  • Cuff The Duke ‘Star ‘
  • Young Galaxy ‘Hang On To Yourself ‘
  • Elliott BROOD ‘Ziggy Stardust ‘
  • The Acorn ‘Suffragette City ‘
  • Woodhands ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide ‘
  • Yamantaka//Sonic Titan ‘John, I’m Only Dancing [Bonus Track]‘

You can download the Paper Bag Records tribute album (in exchange for your email address). Or you can click here or below to stream it on Soundcloud.

The artist currently known as David Bowie

Cruising into 2013 and quite unexpectedly, David Bowie released The Next Day. Critically well received (according to Metacritic) and bookie favourites for The Mercury Prize (FACTMAG), it is also clear that the album is not entirely admired.

Dave Bidini in The National Post likes the album but opens with this …

Whenever a legendary figure like David Bowie releases a new album, the genuflecting throng collapses in worship no matter the quality of the work, willing it to be something more than the puffings of a tired genius.

The guys at Sound Opinions take the new album for a spin in episode 381 and come up with different conclusions. It is quite refreshing to hear critics talk about music without being snarky.

Before the music review, there is an interview with music producer Tony Visconti that is worth the time regardless of what you think about the album.


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