I haven’t had much access to the car recently, so I haven’t been listening to much music at all, let alone the Bowie. It’s about time I laid this album to bed, I think.
The intro to Joe The Lion is like something by Magazine. Once the vocals come in, the song goes downhill. It’s not so much singing, as yelling, akin to what The Killers get up to when they’re at their most annoying. There’s some bloody annoying guitar feedback in this song too. In fact, the guitars in general just seem to be tripping over each other, it’s very clumsy.
Third up is the title track, Heroes, a song that you are probably familiar with. The 6 minute album version does take a fair while to get to the point, I have to admit to preferring the 3 minute single edit. I love the production on this song, the guitar feedback is used to excellent effect here.
On, to Sons of the Silent Age, the lyrics are surely just a bunch of nonsense words thrown together, such things as scanning and rhyming obviously not high on the list of priorities. Great chord progression in the chorus though. If you’re getting the impression that I’m less than overwhelmed by this album, you’d be right.
Blackout is pretty good though, the harmonica returns but this time it’s being played with a bit more skill, and given a more suitable place in the mix. The song has an energetic rhythm, a nice bubbling bassline, and a bridge that appears to just sink under its own weight as if the bones in its legs have disappeared. Not an easy thing to pull off.
Much like Low, this is an album of two parts, and the second part kicks off with V-2 Schneider, a predominantly instrumental song with a lot of saxophone in it. It doesn’t do much for me, it has to be said.
Sense of Doubt is weird spacey instrumental noises, Moss Garden is plinky plonky, listen to the whale noises and the baaaaabbling broooook. Neuköln is weird spacey instrumental noises with a moody saxophone like something from a noir crime film, and then the film ends on The Secret Life of Arabia which I don’t know what to make of at all. If truth be told, I haven’t listened to it many times – as I mentioned before, I haven’t had much chance to listen to music over the last 6 weeks, and more often than not I haven’t made it all the way to the end of the album. It’s a fairly uptempo song, but once again it fades out fairly suddenly in the middle of a chorus, which I may have mentioned before is a bit of a bugbear of mine when it comes to album closers.
Hits from this album: Heroes
My favourite song from this album: Probably have to be Heroes, but to be honest I’m even going off of that.
Next up: Lodger. This is supposedly more accessible than Low and Heroes, and has no instrumentals. Hosannah!