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David Bowie: Station to Station [RCA Victor, 1976]
Miraculously, Bowie's attraction to black music has matured; even more miraculously, the new relationship seems to have left his hard-and-heavy side untouched. Ziggyphiles can call it robotoid if they want--I admire the mechanical, fragmented, rather secondhand elegance of Aladdin Sane, and this adds soul. All of the six cuts are too long, I suppose, including the one that originated with Johnny Mathis, and David sounds like he's singing to us via satellite. But spaceyness has always been part of his shtick, and anybody who can merge Lou Reed, disco, and Huey Smith--the best I can do with the irresistible "TVC 15"--deserves to keep doing it for 5:29. Grade: A (

Like Mick Jagger, David Bowie is barely discussed as a lyricist.

Smiley Derleth
Smiley Derleth
Another one I'd never heard. This is great – so much tasty stuff happening. Thank you.
3 years ago.
I swear by the entire Station to Station album. Swear by it!
3 years ago.