Thursday, December 13, 2007

No. 277: Aladdin Sane

Band: David Bowie
Album: Aladdin Sane
Why Rolling Stone gets it right: Wow. Um... Bowie's cover of "Let's Spend the Night Together" is pretty good. "The Jean Genie" isn't terrible.
Why Rolling Stone gets it wrong: This is nothing but an idiotic attempt to recapture Bowie's Ziggy Stardust character, albeit in a lesser form. It's just more dumb glam rock, only without the intelligence or newness.
Best song: "Let's Spend the Night Together" is fun.
Worst song: "The Prettiest Star" misuses Marc Bolan totally.
Is it awesome?: Nope.

There is no purpose to having this album on the list. None. It is a strong album only in that the Ziggy Stardust theme, Bowie's calling card. Otherwise, there's nothing of worth here.

I'm sorry, but even Bowie's greatest strength, his image-shifting, isn't even prevalent on "Aladdin Sane." Rather, it's simply a recasting of the Ziggy character in a Toqueville-esque exploration of America...

Come on. What nonsense.

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