Review: Surely not even the most ardent Bowie fan saw any of this coming. Yet to offset the justified grief and mourning at the most otherworldly and mercurial of all musical icons departing our realm, he's left us with one of his greatest albums to date and certainly his best in a full quarter century - one that returns him spiritually to the dizzying collision of bracing experimentation and melodious drama that typified the so-called Berlin trilogy of the '70s yet transplants that ambience to a new more complicated age. Jazzy inflections, electronic filigree and stark soundscapes collide elegantly amidst that stentorian voice, and whether or not Bowie put this together as a farewell, he couldn't have done it better if he'd tried. We'll truly never see his like again, alas.
Review: In the wake of his untimely passing, it can be hard to work out which of his many eras and personae to indulge in, yet this essential document of radio sessions and fascinating live material covers one of the most exciting - that era in which this almost objectionably talented ingenue was first marking out his pathway to stardom - from the swinging '60s mockney strains of his earliest hits, through the heavy vibes of the Man Who Sold The World period, the elemental whimsy of 'Hunky Dory' and the world-conquering Ziggy Stardust, this is a fascinating travelogue of four years in which Bowie took enough artistic chances to last a lesser artist four careers, and almost all of them paid off. Watch out for a charming cameo from John Peel here also.
Review: A year on from the untimely demise of arguably the most influential British musician of the last fifty years, and on the eve of what would have been his seventieth birthday, here we have the opportunity to view his whole jaw-dropping career across the course of two slabs of wax. From the cosmic dread of 'Space Oddity' all the way to the reflective melancholy of 'I Can't Give Everything Away', it's a magnificent testimony to a restless muse that never stopped moving into unchartered territory in search of new adventure. These songs will outlive us all.