David Bowie – Heathen (2002) DSF DSD64

David Bowie – Heathen (2002)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz | Time – 01:09:57  minutes | 2,77 GB | Genre: Rock
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One of music’s best-known and acclaimed artists, David Bowie continues to make an indelible impression on popular music and culture. His Columbia debut, Heathen, was released on June 11, 2002 and garnered tremendous critical press. The album features 12 new songs recorded with producer Tony Visconti, who worked with Bowie on some of his most commercially successful projects, including Young Americans, Low, Heroes and Scary Monsters.

Heathen marks a new beginning for David Bowie in some ways — it’s his first record since leaving Virgin, his first for Columbia Records, his first for his new label, ISO — yet it’s hardly a new musical direction. Like Hours, this finds Bowie sifting through the sounds of his past, completely at ease with his legacy, crafting a colorful, satisfying album that feels like a classic Bowie album. That’s not to say that Heathen recalls any particular album or any era in specific, yet there’s a deliberate attempt to recapture the atmosphere, the tone of his ’70s work — there’s a reason that Bowie decided to reteam with Tony Visconti, the co-producer of some of his best records, for this album — even if direct comparisons are hard to come by. Which is exactly what’s so impressive about this album. Bowie and Visconti never shy away from electronic instrumentations or modern production — if anything, they embrace it — but it’s woven into Bowie’s sound subtly, never drawing attention to the drum loops, guitar synths, and washes of electronica. For that matter, guest spots by Dave Grohl and Pete Townshend (both on guitar) don’t stand out either; they’re merely added texture to this an album that’s intricately layered, but always plays smoothly and alluringly. And, make no mistake, this is an alluring, welcoming, friendly album — there are some moody moments, but Bowie takes Neil Young’s eerie “I’ve Been Waiting for You” and Pixies’ elusively brutal, creepy “Cactus” and turns them sweet, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, either. In the end, that’s the key to Heathen — the undercurrent of happiness, not in the lyrics, but in the making of music, a realization by Bowie and Visconti alike that they are perfect collaborators. Unlike their previous albums together, this doesn’t boldly break new ground, but that’s because, 22 years after their last collaboration, Scary Monsters, both Bowie and Visconti don’t need to try as hard, so they just focus on the craft. The result is an understated, utterly satisfying record, his best since Scary Monsters, simply because he’d never sounded as assured and consistent since. –AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine


1 Sunday 4:45
2 Cactus 2:53
3 Slip Away 6:05
4 Slow Burn 4:41
5 Afraid 3:26
6 I’ve Been Waiting For You 2:58
7 I Would Be Your Slave 5:19
8 I Took A Trip On A Gemini Spaceship 4:03
9 5:15 The Angels Have Gone 5:00
10 Everyone Says ‘Hi’ 3:58
11 A Better Future 4:11
12 Heathen (The Rays) 4:11
13 When The Boys Come Marching Home 4:50
14 Wood Jackson 4:48
15 Conversation Piece 3:50
16 Safe 4:47

David Bowie – vocals, keyboards, guitars, saxophone, stylophone, backing vocals, drums
Tony Visconti – bass guitar, guitars, recorders, string arrangements, backing vocals
Matt Chamberlain – drums, drum loop programming, percussion
David Torn – guitars, guitar loops, Omnichord
The Scorchio Quartet: Greg Kitzis – 1st violin; Meg Okura – 2nd violin; Martha Mooke – viola; Mary Wooten – cello

Carlos Alomar – guitar
Sterling Campbell – drums, percussion
Lisa Germano – violin
Gerry Leonard – guitar
Tony Levin – bass guitar
Mark Plati – guitar, bass guitar
Jordan Rudess – keyboards
The Borneo Horns: Lenny Pickett, Stan Harrison, Steve Elson
Kristeen Young – vocals, piano
Pete Townshend – guitar on “Slow Burn”
Dave Grohl – guitar on “I’ve Been Waiting for You”

Recorded: October 2000 – January 2002




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