David Bowie
Hunky Dory


5.0
classic

Review

by innerdark USER (34 Reviews)
August 8th, 2006 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1971 | Tracklist


Everybody has heard a David Bowie song, or at the least have heard of him, or, if they haven't they need to remove themselves from the metaphorical rock that they've been hiding under. [David Bowie is a direct influence on many bands and artists, and it's always been disputed if this is the best album in his rather hefty back catalogue,

A lot this stems from the fact that this album contains some of Bowie's best work, songs like the epic Life on Mars" with it's blend of piano, orchestral instruments and guitar, held together by the glue that is Bowie's voice. throughout the album, Bowies voice fluctuates in tone, a good example of this is listening to Kooks after Life on Mars", Bowie uses a completely different tone to the one used in Life on Mars". Kooks also demonstrates another or this album's strengths, Bowie comes up with some lyrical gold on the album, with lyrics like And if you have to school, remember how they messed up this old fool.

The album does hit a minor bump with Quicksand, which doesn't takes a couple of listens to appreciate properly, however, this is a short spell of discontent as 1 of the strongest songs on the album, if not indeed from all of Bowie's illustrious back catalogue follow it comes soon after it. The song Andy Warhol is a short look inside the mind of pop artist Andy Warhol, who has his name put to this song, which contains an almost quickstep-like riff in the introduction, the lyrics describe how Warhol "Dressed his friends up just for show, see them as they really are" the lyrics then go on to say how obsessed Warhol was with his work "He'll think about paint and he'll think about blue, what a jolly boring thing to do"

The instrumentation on the album is spot on, whether it be Kooks' prominenet bass riff and jangly guitar, Andy Warhol's fast paced, climbing guitar riff,Life on Mars"' emotional piano lines accompanied with a raw emotional outpouring through Bowie's vocals. the album doesn't have any true flaws, Eight line poem however, can at times seem quite out of place, but taking into account the sheer brilliance of the other songs on the album, it's no wonder.

An advantage to Bowie was the release date of this, After this, Bowie would go to to write 2 unsurpassable albums in two years, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and perhaps even more so Aladdin Sane. when Hunky Dory is placed beside these two albums, it pales when compared musically to Aladdin Sane and it pales when compared to The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust's meaning. however, what it does do, is mix those two elements up sufficiently to blow The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust out of the water and just pip Aladdin Sane at the post. Worlds best album musically" Maybe not. World's best album overall"

Definitely

Rating in genre - 5/5
Rating out of Genre - 5/5


*Star Track*

The star tack on this album would have to be Kooks'. the combination of a prominent bass riff, a slightly jangly guitar, and a trumpet appearing at intervals along with Bowie's lyrics advising a young Zowie Bowie about what life will be like living "With a couple of kooks, hung up on romancing, Bowie then goes on to tell Zowie Don't pick fights with the bullies or the cads, because i'm not much cop at punching other people's dad's. With lyrics as heart-warmingly funny as these, it has to be the album's star track



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Comments:Add a Comment 
francesfarmer
August 8th 2006


1477 Comments


Your name resembles Matt Bellamy's. LOLMUSEFANH4XX.

Anyway nice review, short but to the point. Probably too short...this is a massive album musically and should be treated likely.

innerdark
August 8th 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it does in a weird way doesn't it?



i wrote this with the objective to be concise, because my reviews have a tendency to have a lot of words, but say very little,

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 8th 2006


721 Comments


This review is too short for a five-star rating.

innerdark
August 8th 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

that's you're opinion

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 8th 2006


721 Comments


It's pretty much fact.

Wildhoodlum
August 8th 2006


45 Comments


Rating shouldn't affect the length of the review. I think it's fine.

innerdark
August 8th 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

no, i beg to differ, it's concise, we'll agree to disagree and leave it at that



kthnxbye



Cygnus Inter Anates
August 8th 2006


721 Comments


If you're going to call something a classic, you should at least back it up. This review barely told me anything about how the album sounds and anything else that's important.

DesolationRow
August 8th 2006


833 Comments


I've never heard Bowie before. Good review.

stompybeardo
August 8th 2006


746 Comments


ive only got ziggy and love it, maybe this is the next place to go?

innerdark
August 8th 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

definitely, this or aladdin sane, or if you want, reality, his most recent album, is good, extremely so in fact

stompybeardo
August 8th 2006


746 Comments


thanks, its also good to know hes still making good albums, i can imagine really getting into bowie sometime soon..

Cygnus Inter Anates
August 8th 2006


721 Comments


Get Low.

pulseczar
August 8th 2006


2385 Comments


Low needs to be listened to by everyone getting into Bowie, because it'll change the way you look at him. Or something cheesy like that.

edit: plus I reviewed itThis Message Edited On 08.08.06

francesfarmer
August 8th 2006


1477 Comments


I thought his debut was amazing, thats how I got into him.

innerdark
August 8th 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i haven't bought low yet



i plan on doing so asap though

paloverde
August 9th 2006


5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is an amazing album, truly great, as is Bowie in general i must say



however i dont understand how you can be disliking quicksand. its one of the strongest songs on the album, it contains some of the best "lyrical gold" of the album. It also has one of the strongest messages, and I love the acoustic guitar and piano

Sepstrup
August 9th 2006


1567 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I found the review a bit messy, but it's still better than my review for the album. I don't understand how Quicksand is a bump, and I definitely wouldn't choose Kooks for the "star track", although it's a very good song. And no mention of "Oh you pretty things" ?



This is far better than Alladin Sane and better than Ziggy Stardust, though. It's his best album actually.



I recommend this and Ziggy Stardust first. They contain most of his "hits" and are more accessible (not to mention better) than low.

innerdark
August 9th 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"The album does hit a minor bump with Quicksand, which doesn't takes a couple of listens to appreciate properly,"



i don't think it's all that good a track, and Kooks has some of the best lyrics on the album i'd say



Sikamikanik0
July 31st 2007


5 Comments


sorry but my favorite track on the album
is bewlay brothers




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