- The Next Day

David Bowie - The Next Day
CRITIC SCORE
81
Based on 35 reviews
2013 Rank: #54 / 938
USER SCORE
78
Based on
257 ratings

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100
musicOMH

The release of The Next Day would have been one of the biggest stories of the year no matter what its quality – the fact that it also happens to be one of the best records of Bowie’s career to date just makes the comeback that much more triumphant.

100
Pretty Much Amazing

This is no “comeback” for David Bowie. Rather, it is a magnificent continuation: an ellipsis connects his nine earlier masterpieces to his tenth, The Next Day.

91
A.V. Club

The Next Day isn’t great simply because it’s the return of Bowie. It’s great because it’s the return of Bowie’s voice: rich, delicate, smoky, wise. And, yes, shaded with the first expectant blush of mortality.

85
Under The Radar

Though it's been 10 years since his previous release, The Next Day is Bowie's most consistent record in twice as much time.

85
Paste

The Next Day is not the kind of listener-friendly, career-encompassing record that many of Bowie’s contemporaries have often settled for of late.

80
NME

This album is, foremost, about songcraft. Rather than reinventing Bowie, it absorbs his past and moves it on, hungry for more.

80
Consequence of Sound

It’s a challenging album, and not just because its tracks are a puzzle box — the mix is dense. Perhaps more than any of Bowie’s prior 23 records, this one is an art record. 

80
Drowned in Sound

The Next Day is only a little better than its two predecessors and probably only Bowie’s best album since Outside, but that’s not to knock what is easily the best mainstream art pop record of recent times.

80
The 405

There's a feel to this album that sounds like it could only be created by one man, and that's David Bowie.

80
No Ripcord

It’s one of the year’s best albums, and a genuinely great work of unashamed pop music that finds a way to be adventurous.

80
The Fly

It’s happy to take the listener on sudden, unexpected, journeys but also to just be exactly what it is; a really great rock album from a man who knows a thing or two about writing really great rock albums.

80
Beats Per Minute

Another striking feature of The Next Day is how much it doesn’t sound like an old man trying to keep up with the times. There’s a confidence exhibited here that’s refreshing.

76
Pitchfork

On The Next Day, he hasn't only come to terms with his past-- he's making his old material work for his new material. 

50
Spin

The Next Day is an album that didn't need to be made.

50
PopMatters

Now he’s just an old fellow who is fighting against the current, and The Next Day is a brutal drowning.

Oct 7, 2017
PJ_0707
85
Ten years since his last studio album, Bowie returned with an excellent album that stands on its own without reference to his past work. The Next Day reminds me of Heathen and fits as a better follow up than Reality did. The album is brimming with potential singles and songs that deserve more credit than they get. The albums first six tracks are a great run of songs while the second half of the album holds its own if not slightly less memorable. The Next Day is the penultimate chapter in ... read more
Jan 9, 2017
cshults
70
After several listens, there are some stand out songs at the beginning and ends of the album. However, there isn't anything here that grabs me in the in between.
Jul 12, 2015
austincrane235
67
Bowie himself sounds decent here, and the songwriting isn't actually that bad. The production, though, feels extremely flat, and The Next Day is ultimately disappointing because it fails to be legitimately entertaining
Oct 21, 2014
Z.Younk
84
Bowie is back after a 3 album slump, excluding the great album Heathen.
Nov 24, 2013
65
The Duke is back and he's not only back but he also demands to be taken seriously.
OK nice try, but remember, you can never fool your old friend, TIME.
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Track List
  1. The Next Day
  2. Dirty Boys
  3. The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
  4. Love is Lost
  5. Where Are We Now?
  6. Valentine's Day
  7. If You Can See Me
  8. I'd Rather Be High
  9. Boss of Me
  10. Dancing Out in Space
  11. How Does the Grass Grow?
  12. (You Will) Set the World on Fire
  13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
  14. Heat

Bonus tracks:

  1. So She
  2. I’ll Take You There
  3. Plan


Added on: January 8, 2013