Album #273 – Aladdin Sane
Aladdin Sane was Bowie’s follow-up to Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars. From the first notes of Watch That Man, I knew this album was a winner. Not only is this album better than Ziggy Stardust, it rocks and rolls more than any of Bowie’s previous work. Bowie forgets his past on this album and instead longs for life before Ziggy. Even the album’s title is a subtle reference to Ziggy (Aladdin Sane = A Lad Insane). I loved this album because, unlike the previous two Bowie albums on this list, there was an energy and a sound I had never heard from Bowie before. While Ziggy Stardust and Hunky Dory are two very good albums, they do not have the magic that this album conveys. Bowie also covers a wide range of emotions on this album. Anger, sadness, happiness and insanity are all conveyed in the songs on this album. That is something that Bowie does extremely well in all his work but, he does extremely well here. There are several more David Bowie albums on the list so, I will have to wait and see how those albums fare. But, I think that this is Bowie’s most accessible album and it certainly was a delight to listen to. Other highlights include: Drive-In Saturday, Panic In Detroit, Cracked Actor, Time, an amazing cover of The Stones’ Let’s Spend The Night Together, The Jean Genie (the only hit off this album) and Lady Grinning Soul. Overall, I give this album 5 out of 5.
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