David Bowie ‎– ★ (Blackstar)

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25th and final studio album. Released worldwide through Bowie's ISO Records label on 8 January 2016, Bowie's 69th birthday and two days before his death.

At the 2017 59th Grammy Awards "Blackstar" took home 5 awards. The title track won the Best Rock Performance and the Best Rock Song categories and the album won the Best Alternative Music Album, the Best Recording Package as well as the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical categories.

The versions of "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" and "Tis A Pity She Was A Whore" on ★ are totally different recordings to that of the single David Bowie - Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) which was released in late 2014.

Tracklist

★ (Blackstar) 09:57
'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore 04:52
Lazarus 06:22
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) 04:40
Girl Loves Me 04:51
Dollar Days 04:44
I Can't Give Everything Away 05:47

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88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173862 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
none David Bowie Blackstar(7xFile, AAC, 226 + File, MPEG-4 Video + Album) Columbia none USA & Canada 2016 Sell This Version
9787799451923 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar) - ★ (黑暗之星)(CD, Album) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 9787799451923 China 2016 Sell This Version
none David Bowie ★ (Blackstar) (8xFile, AAC, Album) Columbia none 2016
none David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(7xFile, FLAC, Album, 96k) Columbia none US 2016
88875173862 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(7xFile, MP3, Album, VBR) Columbia 88875173862 US 2016
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88875173871, 88875173871 S1 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, Cel) ISO Records, Columbia, Sony Music 88875173871, 88875173871 S1 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
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88875173871, 88875173871 S1 David Bowie ★ (Blackstar)(LP, Album, MPO) ISO Records, Columbia, ISO Records 88875173871, 88875173871 S1 US 2016 Sell This Version
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Tbyfmi92

Tbyfmi92

March 11, 2017
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, RP, Cel, 88875173871, 88875173871 S1
I was only able to access the weblink for the enclosed download card by using a US proxy server, is it therefore only available for USA customers, despite the total lack of information, terms of use etc. (on the download card or anywhere else) to this effect?
rahbical

rahbical

February 16, 2017
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, RTI, 88875173871
gorgeous pressing, although there is the smallest bit of surface noise on side one and some loud crackling at the end of Lazarus, but besides that, it's beyond perfect
zgabet06

zgabet06

January 31, 2017
referencing ★ (Blackstar), CD, Album, 88875173862
Equal parts eulogy and memorialization, Rob Sheffield's succinct On Bowie covers the icon who passed away in early 2016. Sheffield originally wrote a eulogy for Rolling Stone, and then was asked to expand it into a book by an editor. The resulting work tells the story of the life of someone who constantly changed personas, and despite his immense popularity, somehow kept his life private enough that no one knew he was battling cancer until after he died. It is here that the book hits on emotional chords, as the narrative recalls the how quickly things changed: Sheffield discusses how Bowie's final album, Blackstar, was hailed by his fans and the critics alike for the first two days after its release on January 8th, 2015, only to then be completely reevaluated two days later when we all realized it was meant to be his swan song. But far from just striking a mournful tone, On Bowie does of course pay tribute to Bowie's greatness as an artist in both music and film, though it does not shy away from his failures either. Those moments help the narrative from becoming just another story heaping nothing but praise for a glorified rock star, as do the stories from Sheffield's own life which are entwined into the timeline. Simply put, I cannot imagine a Bowie fan would want to skip this book.
bucko73

bucko73

January 23, 2017
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, Ltd, Cle, 88875173871, 88875173871 S1
cant believe the price the flippers are asking or a £20 vinyl at release
Doorchaser

Doorchaser

January 9, 2017
referencing ★ (Blackstar), CD, Album, 88875173862
David Bowies Last album could be an episode of the fantastic TV-Series Black Mirror. How else can you explain the fact David Bowie predicted his death on the most accurate way in his music. The whole album bathes in a haunting beauty never-before heard in pop music! It’s just plain briiliant! Is it his best work No, will it allways be remembered YES IT WILL. David Bowie is a story teller and he kept doing that until his last seconds on earth.
sodapapa

sodapapa

December 31, 2016
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, RTI, 88875173871

I'm still laughing at everyone that ran out and spent shitloads of money on this. They were already shipping 2nd pressings when he died.
Kittysafe

Kittysafe

November 30, 2016
edited 4 months ago
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, RTI, 88875173871

Thoughts on David Bowie's BLACKSTAR...

First of all, all love to Bowie, praises be upon his name...

The aesthetics are beautiful of course, with great attention to detail... and the imagery of the photography both visceral and evocative, stylistically, it's perfect.

I seem to be the only person who has anything critical to say about the album... I think the album is overly praised. The title track is amazing for sure, but the rest feels a bit like he's trying too hard to say something without knowing quite what he wants to say... as if he knows he's dying and just wants to get all of something out there he can't quite put his finger on... grasping at sand a bit... I love Bowie, but I think overall the album isn't as great as people claim.

TabloidWeasel

TabloidWeasel

November 26, 2016
referencing ★ (Blackstar), CD, Album, 88875173862

I find it fascinating that instead of going back to basics for his final album, the dying David Bowie went experimental with Blackstar. It's almost a year old and I still find it to be an emotional and captivating listen and I don't mean that out of sympathy. I really do think it's up there among his best works and a stellar end to a legendary career.
enakki

enakki

November 4, 2016
referencing ★ (Blackstar), LP, Album, RP, Cel, 88875173871, 88875173871 S1

I've got the press in hard plastic inner sleeve. Sound is ok, even on mentioned Lazarus track, but it is quite noisy, lots of pops during more silent parts. I did a wet cleaning but no difference. a bit dissapoitment.
streetmouse

streetmouse

October 26, 2016
edited 5 months ago
referencing ★ (Blackstar), CD, Album, 88875173862

Having heard Black Star prior to it’s public release, I felt that I should wait a respectable amount of time before sitting down and consciously attending to both my memories of David Bowie and his music, music that came out at a seminal period of my life. Needless to say, I’ve had an on again off again relationship with Bowie, feeling that nearly every album released by him has been a challenge, other than Ziggy Stardust, where he managed to pull one single thematic idea together, worked around it, and presented the world with an unshakable concept, and brilliant production of pure rock n’ roll at it’s very best.

Yet even on Ziggy Stardust, one becomes acutely aware that the nature of the album revolves around tragedy, and as on Black Star is delivered through the narrative by an almost disembodied voice, who may or may not have been the central character, or perhaps is simply a kindred spirit who was privy to the story as it was unfolding. Bowie’s music has always seemed to be filled with rather high contrast black & white imagery, he’s always seemed to be a man who’s constantly viewing himself, and having said that, he seems to be a man who’s always lied to his fans, merely relaying a suggestive undercurrent of whom he actually is, favoring instead to become the characters in his songs, even to the point where here on Black Star, one is left wondering if he’s actually writing about his own death, and the times in which his death will occur, or if he’s even here, created the personification of a caricature who’s standing in for him at this moment in time, connecting his past with his unsure future, while sampling images of the ill fated iconic characters he’s both developed and lived through.

Never does it seem that we have ever met the real man, say perhaps on Hunky Dory. We never met him as an actual DJ, nor was he really there as kisses were exchanged under a hail of bullets, he was rejecting fame in the song “Fame,” yet wrapping himself ever more deeply in the cloak of fame, becoming a famous person withdrawn from society and a normal walk to the corner store. There is an unshakable duality to Bowie, one that harkens back to his bicoloured eyes, which was not caused by heterochromia, but from a playground fight, with this duality becoming a central theme for all of his music. This duality cuts deeply into his albums, where after Ziggy Stardust his material became laced with more and deeper experimental concepts, nearly to the point that there was merely one or two pop songs that gained radio attention, as if to capture our imaginations, and once the door was open, we’re face to face with conceptualized music that most people didn’t listen to, preferring to purchase his ‘Hits’ albums. So in effect, this pop star icon was evoking more of a Robert Fripp response, or even the 1963 collaboration John Coltrane did with Johnny Hartman, where the protagonist occupies a private nocturnal world, one filled with his own fantasies of demons, devils and angels, one that he doesn’t seem to truly comprehend, leaving these sketches to his band to translate, then stepping in to tweak, stepping in to install a liner translation.

Yes, it’s impossible to consider Black Star without looking back and looking within, both at the man and at ourselves [as listeners]. With that in mind, and seeming for this reviewer, to be the central and insurmountable aspect to this last release, and I must tell you that I find it to be his most disturbing, most uncomfortable, and most unlistenable of albums. Of course I can accept the fact that this is just me not wanting to confront my own mortality, yet I’ve seriously confronted my mortality more times than I care to remember, having nearly died more than once. Black Star is filled with minor chord riffs, where Bowie gives actual weight to each word, while emphasizing both the music and the lyrics with snares of disdain, as if he is attempting to ignore the scratching at his door. Others have said that it was a shrewd move to keep his own company and his silence for so long, and then burst on the scene to deliver this his most scary and tragic outing of all time … because as he was writing he was dying from his own hand, knowing this, angry that he was hungry for more life and not ready to make peace with himself and his death, leaving him to be the proverbial cracked actor.

If you love this album then I am very happy for you. If you feel that Bowie is sticking pins in our eyes, then I’m with you, feeling that this is a man, who as in life, is cryptically and melodramatically doling out visions of his life and final days, rather than shedding his skin, celebrating his life, his fans and the wonder of his nature by delivering us a visionary rock n’ roll, even if it is of the unplugged sort, of this final frontier, one that far too few artists have been able to script into verse and song.

But then, in all honesty, not believing in heaven or hell, and hating the annoyance of cell phones, I could have, and should have, expected exactly what I found here on Black Star, an ambiguous album filled with scary monsters and no heroes, one that doesn’t see Bowie moving forward, but rather reaching the end of the line, a passenger who will never step off of the train, an album I find too uncomfortable to even keep in my collection.

Review by Jenell Kesler