Heathen

David BowieJune 11, 2002
Progressive/Art Rock℗ 1979, 1997 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co., LLC Under exclusive license to EMI Records Ltd. UK., 2002 ISO Records under license to Sony Music Entertainment Inc. WARNING: All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicabl
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Heathen is the 22nd studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on 11 June 2002. It was considered a comeback for him in the US market by becoming his highest charting album since Tonight. It also earned strong reviews. The BBC said the album's title track "shows that Bowie could still pen disarmingly direct, affecting pop of a very individual inclination 30-plus years after he started". Worldwide, it sold more than two million copies and experienced a four-month run on the UK charts. Although its production had started before the September 11 attacks in 2001, the album was finished after that date, which resulted in the influencing of its concept.

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Disc 1

Songs
Popularity
1
Sunday4:44
2
Cactus2:54
3
Slip Away6:04
4
Slow Burn4:40
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Afraid3:27
6
I've Been Waiting for You2:59
7
I Would Be Your Slave5:13
8
I Took a Trip on a Gemini Spaceship4:06
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5:15 the Angels Have Gone5:01
10
Everyone Says 'Hi'3:57
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A Better Future4:10
12
Heathen (The Rays)4:16

Disc 2

Songs
Popularity
1
Sunday (Moby Remix)5:09
2
A Better Future (Remix by Air)4:56
3
Conversation Piece3:52
4
Panic In Detroit (Outtake from a 1979 Recording)2:59
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Additional Information

Total length
1:08:35
Tracks
16
Released
June 11, 2002
Label
℗ 1979, 1997 Jones/Tintoretto Entertainment Co., LLC Under exclusive license to EMI Records Ltd. UK., 2002 ISO Records under license to Sony Music Entertainment Inc. WARNING: All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicabl
File type
MP3
Access type
Streaming and by permanent download to your computer and/or device
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Playback information
Via Google Play Music app on Android v4+, iOS v7+, or by exporting MP3 files to your computer and playing on any MP3 compatible music player
Starting in 2002, David Bowie released two excellent albums in quick succession with old friend Tony Visconti (the brooding Heathen and the more rocking Reality) that showcased a refreshed and reinvigorated artist. Neither of these were the reputation-changers they deserved to be but funny how emergency heart surgery and a decade spent out of the public eye reverses the blasé attitudes of both public and press.

Taken as a complete experience, The Next Day comes off as a rebellion against everything in current pop. The album was recorded very quickly, without fuss (which, truth to tell, is the usual Bowie way of working) and the songs don't outstay their welcome. Instead of riding on endless grooves provided by industry insiders, Bowie once again works with Visconti and gathers old friends on songs that have a jagged, live-in-the-studio feel. Records may just be promos for monster, money-making tours now but Bowie isn't doing concerts. The internet gives us non-stop celebrity culture, but Bowie isn't talking—so there aren't any interviews with the warm, witty Cockney to contrast against the regal, iconic alien.

Spiky and agitated without coming off as bitter, the album hurtles out of the gate with the title track, slows down on the caustic "Dirty Boys" and jumbles celebrity and mortality on "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)." The majority of the songs here are lean rockers, with Station to Station's Earl Slick juggling the lead guitar slot with David Torn. Sometimes the songs brush past previous works (is that the drum intro to "Five Years" ending "You Feel So Lonely You Could Die"?) but this is an album about the rush to a future we know isn't going to end well for any of us. The elegiac love song "Where Are We Now?" treats memories like the walking dead and holds on to loved ones in the here and now. David Bowie doesn't pretend to have any answers with The Next Day but he still pushes ahead because that is what artists do -- they create. Instead of leaving you feeling empty, listening to this dark album is a strangely satisfying, enlivening experience. – Nick Dedina, Google Play
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