David Bowie
Station to Station


5.0
classic

Review

by sunflower2020 USER (36 Reviews)
August 12th, 2007 | 121 replies


Release Date: 1976 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The most colorful album of David Bowie.

David Bowie is mostly known that he can change musical direction or learn some musical style and write the whole album using that style. He is musical chameleon. By 1976, he was changing styles like underwear, first he began as a folk singer, that he added some prog to his music, then some 1960s sound, then came Ziggy, Aladdin Sane, Diamond Dogs, soul... and after 1976, he would collaborate with Brian Eno and Iggy Pop. He already did the same with John Lennon and Lou Reed.

On "Station To Station" album his aforementioned trait comes to full strength. He took influences of Scott Walker, Dinah Washington, soul, disco and psychedelia into his melting pot, and made a delicious meal. In fact, he created his very own genre, borrowing a little bit from all. Here he gave us his five songs plus cover "Wild Is The Wind". "Stay", "Golden Years" and "TVC15" are basically disco soul songs filled with psychedelic elements and catchy, though avant guard hooks. Although the soul music is known as "warm" and "emotional", well, when Bowie sings it, there is no warmth. He can be very convincing as a singer but he is not warm, rather is distant and mechanical. His backing band often uses here mechanical repetitive patterns to bring us feelings of insecurity, arrogance (paradoxically but true), glamor, paranoia and neurosis.

His performances are energetic, the faster songs sounding friendly, cinematic, and flashy, maybe self obsessed, slower ones ("Word On The Wing" and "Wild Is The Wind") sound more unpleasant, cold and neurotic. The best example is "TVC15": an up-tempo friendly soul influenced track, but twisted by Bowie's singing: Bowie sounds stoned or on something. Also pay attention to instrument (is it guitar or synth) that produces high tones during Bowie's singing the verses, which contributes to the druggy sound. Although he sang on the title track "European canon is here", he sound like American, to be more precise, it is very Hollywoodified record to me, maybe more than The Eagles' "Hotel California" or Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours". Maybe it is because of cocaine, Bowie was then reportedly addicted to coke, and had doubts about his own sanity.

The title track is maybe one of Bowie's best songs:

"Once were the mountains on the mountains
and once were sunbirds to soar with
and once I could never be down
got to keep searching and searching
and oh what will I be believing and who will connect me with love?"

Maybe that is why it is so good: Bowie has been always on his way, restlessly inventing, improving, discovering and Bowie is just Bowie on "Station To Station" song. Musically it is head and shoulders above the rest of the album making a perfect symphony out of two maybe not to similar parts: the first one, which is slowly, dissonant and maybe scary and second part, hymn-like, celebratory and life-affirming. The heart of the album.

It is not easy album to warm to, but it is said that it is one that defined post-punk, post-new wave genre. There are many reasons why.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
rattlehead42147
August 13th 2007


1345 Comments


good work, although i was never much for DB.

DhA
March 1st 2010


421 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really good album and a really good review

Ire
March 21st 2010


41847 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is amazing. One of my favorite Bowie albums.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 21st 2010


31786 Comments


Riff to Stay is so damn catchy

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analoguecrazy4
February 4th 2011


13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

To me this is Bowies most solid album. Individually the tracks don't work as well as ones off Hunky Dory or Scary Monsters, but as a whole it is untouchable. What an inspirational album

Jarvig
May 16th 2011


168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Subjective taste: Only a 4 rating.

Importance for the 70s musik: 5 rating

Objective quality: 4.5 rating.



Do not like that mush this cold album. But it easy to hear how good it is even though one dont love it.



But really love Wild is the Wind. And the rest of the songs are good.

13themount
January 23rd 2012


173 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Us Brits did not get this cover and I think we got the better deal. A good album.

JohnP
June 8th 2012


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cold album? I don't get it. Bowie is never cold. How can one hear the lyrics "once there were sunbirds to soar with" and not be moved? Okay, Golden Years is a touch icey, but Word on a Wing is the sound of a man on his knees praying, and Stay is electric with sexuality. This album, and Low, are the weirdest Bowie moments in his great 70s collection, and I think portray, together, the sound of a man almost at breaking point. What's interesting is that on this album he was trying to hide that fragility behind the mask and cool persona of the Thin White Duke, whilst on Low he had just disrobed, and was more honest. I can't say which is the better album; they are both classics. Perhaps Low edges it as there is no weak link at all, whereas Station does have one track which I struggle to love - TVC15.

As for the cocaine, it was clearly destroying Bowie. The man had to fall to earth..and he did, somewhere in Berlin.

Ire
August 2nd 2012


41847 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

almost as good as ziggy

Chrisjon89
January 8th 2013


3833 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ridiculously good. gonna jam Bowie albums heaps til the new one drops

WhiteNoise
March 9th 2013


3269 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

IT'S NOT THE SIDE EFFECTS OF THE COCAINE

tommygun
March 9th 2013


25498 Comments


rules

evilford
April 3rd 2013


23031 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dat riff in golden years

evilford
April 3rd 2013


23031 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

how in the hell does this album not even have more than one page of comments

tommygun
April 3rd 2013


25498 Comments


cos only like 8 people on the site even bowie

Chortles
April 3rd 2013


18245 Comments


i bowie but i haven't heard this 1 ya im gay

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tommygun
April 3rd 2013


25498 Comments


it's ok there is so much bowie to get through holy shit

Chrisjon89
April 3rd 2013


3833 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

gotta jam it. it's top 3 for me along with Ziggy and Low.

evilford
May 2nd 2013


23031 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

IT'S TOO LAAAAAATE

tommygun
May 2nd 2013


25498 Comments


GOLDEN YEARS

OAWHOA WUP WUP WUP



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