Song of the Day #5,224: ‘Blackout’ – David Bowie

‘Blackout’ is the last song on the first side of David Bowie’s 1977 album Heroes, the second album in his Berlin trilogy and the only one recorded entirely in Berlin.

Those Berlin albums (the others are 1977’s Low and 1979’s Lodger) are well regarded by critics and serious Bowie fans, but I found them a bit of a slog. The records blend electronica songs and ambient soundscapes — two things for which I don’t have a lot of patience.

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Song of the Day #2,877: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – David Bowie

david_bowie_heroesWe pick up the David Bowie retrospective in the middle of his Berlin phase, with the release of 1977’s “Heroes”. On this album, Bowie followed the same pattern he established on Low, placing a selection of electronic rock songs on Side A and ambient instrumentals on Side B.

I like “Heroes” better than its predecessor, in part because the balance is tilted a little more toward the songs than the instrumentals.

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