David Bowie – Hours… (Expanded Edition) (1999/2015)

Posted by Green on December 4, 2019as

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Since David Bowie spent the ’90s jumping from style to style, it comes as a shock that Hours, his final album of the decade, is a relatively straightforward affair. Not only that, but it feels unlike anything else in his catalog. Bowie’s music has always been a product of artifice, intelligence, and synthesis. Hours is a relaxed, natural departure from this method. Arriving after two labored albums, the shift in tone is quite refreshing. “Thursday’s Child,” the album’s engaging mid-tempo opener, is a good indication of what lays ahead. It feels like classic Bowie, yet recalls no specific era of his career. For the first time, Bowie has absorbed all the disparate strands of his music, from Hunky Dory through Earthling. That doesn’t mean Hours is on par with his earlier masterworks; it never attempts to be that bold. What it does mean is that it’s the first album where he has accepted his past and is willing to use it as a foundation for new music. That’s the reason why Hours feels open, even organic he’s no longer self-conscious, either about living up to his past or creating a new future. It’s a welcome change, and it produces some fine music, particularly on the first half of the record, which is filled with such subdued, subtly winning songs as “Something in the Air,” “Survive,” and “Seven.” Toward the end of the album, Bowie branches into harder material, which isn’t quite as successful as the first half of the album, yet shares a similar sensibility. And that’s what’s appealing about Hours it may not be one of Bowie’s classics, but it’s the work of a masterful musician who has begun to enjoy his craft again and isn’t afraid to let things develop naturally.

CD1

1. David Bowie – Thursday’s Child
2. David Bowie – Something in the Air
3. David Bowie – Survive
4. David Bowie – If I’m Dreaming My Life
5. David Bowie – Seven
6. David Bowie – What’s Really Happening_
7. David Bowie – The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell
8. David Bowie – New Angels of Promise
9. David Bowie – Brilliant Adventure
10. David Bowie – The Dreamers

CD2

1. David Bowie – Thursday’s Child (Rock Mix)
2. David Bowie – Thursday’s Child (Omikron_ The Nomad Soul Slower Version)
3. David Bowie – Something in the Air (American Psycho Remix)
4. David Bowie – Survive (Marius De Vries Mix)
5. David Bowie – Seven (Demo)
6. David Bowie – Seven (Marius De Vries Mix)
7. David Bowie – Seven (Beck Mix #1)
8. David Bowie – Seven (Beck Mix #2)
9. David Bowie – The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell (Edit)
10. David Bowie – The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell (Stigmata Film Version)
11. David Bowie – The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell (Stigmata Film Only Version)
12. David Bowie – New Angels of Promise (Omikron_ The Nomad Soul Version)
13. David Bowie – The Dreamers (Omikron_ The Nomad Soul Longer Version)
14. David Bowie – 1917
15. David Bowie – We Shall Go to Town
16. David Bowie – We All Go Through
17. David Bowie – No-one Calls

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