Liner Notes

David Bowie – Lodger

★★★★

  1. Fantastic Voyage: 🤷‍♂️
  2. African Night Flight: 👎🏻
  3. Move On: 🤷‍♂️
  4. Yassassin: 🤷‍♂️
  5. Red Sails: 👍🏻
  6. DJ: 👍🏻
  7. Look Back In Anger: 👍🏻
  8. Boys Keep Swinging: 👍🏻
  9. Repetition: 🤷‍♂️
  10. Red Money: 👍🏻

I’m still pretty astounded that, having listened to the whole Berlin Trilogy now, I had only ever heard one song from all of these albums: “Heroes”

After being disappointed by “Heroes” yesterday, I was fairly gun-shy going into Lodger today. The first few tracks were especially disappointing, given that the first two albums I liked at the beginning and I thought they went downhill about half way through. But eventually I found this album to be just the opposite. Aside from Repetition I liked the second half of this album quite a bit.

There was a time when I would pick an artist and listen to their entire discography all the way through. I don’t think I remember everybody, but I know I listened to all of Bruce Springsteen, The Police, and Warren Zevon. Probably also Tom Waits? I considered doing that at some point during this project with other groups (or even the same ones again). Having started off going all over the map not even repeating genres at first, and then listening to the same artist three days in a row, I have to say I greatly prefer the variety. I will probably listen to more Bowie before this year is out, but it’ll be a while. And I won’t try to go through his whole catalog at once. I might not even listen to the rest in chronological order. If I do decide to go through someone’s whole discography I definitely won’t do it in a row, and I may jump around in time with others, too.

I’m really looking forward to the next two days. I’ve finally gotten some suggestions, and I’m going to listen to them tomorrow and Sunday.

Liner Notes

David Bowie – “Heroes”

★★★

  1. Beauty and the Beast: 👍🏻
  2. Joe the Lion: 🤷‍♂️
  3. “Heroes”: 👍🏻
  4. Sons of the Silent Age: 👍🏻
  5. Blackout: 👍🏻
  6. V-2 Schneider: 👍🏻
  7. Sense of Doubt: 🤷‍♂️
  8. Moss Garden: 🤷‍♂️
  9. Neuköln: 👎🏻
  10. The Secret Like of Arabia: 🤷‍♂️

Woof. I was expecting big things from this album. I’ve always really liked the title track, and I was pleasantly surprised with Low yesterday. Like Low, it started out pretty strong, but fell apart at the end. Only this time I liked the second half of the album even less. The Secret Life of Arabia is almost my favorite track on this album just because it means Neuköln is over.

I’m glad to have listened to this album all the way through the once, but I won’t be returning to it. individual songs, yes. The album as a whole, definitely not (unless I stop after V-2 Schneider).

I will say that I definitely learned something listening to this. I knew “Heroes” well, but I always thought it didn’t sound like other Bowie. It turns out that it does sound like other Bowie, just not like any Bowie I’d ever heard before. It was the only track I knew before listening to the album today. Now that I’ve heard the whole thing, and Low before it, “Heroes” suddenly seems a lot more in-line, for lack of a better word. Once again, I’m finding value in this project, even if I’m not extending my library in the process.

Liner Notes

David Bowie – Low

★★★★

  1. Speed of Life: 👍🏻
  2. Breaking Glass: 👍🏻
  3. What In the World: 👍🏻
  4. Sound and Vision: 👍🏻
  5. Always Crashing In the Same Car: 👍🏻
  6. Be My Wife: 👍🏻
  7. A New Career In a New Town: 👍🏻
  8. Warszawa: 👍🏻
  9. Art Decade: 👎🏻
  10. Weeping Wall: 👎🏻
  11. Subterraneans: 🤷‍♂️

Today’s Zen Pencils inspired me to listen to Low, the first album in David Bowie’s “Berlin Trilogy.” I’ve heard plenty of Bowie in my day, and I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve listened to the entirety of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, yet somehow I’ve never heard a single track from Low.

It blew me away. Unsurprisingly, it was unlike anything I’ve heard before; of his or of anyone else. I was all in on the first side (tracks 1-7), but I will say he lost me a bit on side two when it got more experimental. Still, I’m exceedingly happy to have found this album. It was the first time I’ve heard it; it will not be the last.

My plan now is to continue the trilogy tomorrow with “Heroes” and then listen to Lodger Friday.