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David Bowie - Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

David Bowie

Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)

96
Jan 1, 2017
A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service

A Tribe Called Quest

We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service

91
Dec 17, 2016
Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You

Unwound

Leaves Turn Inside You

95
Dec 6, 2016
Dedekind Cut - $uccessor (ded004)

Dedekind Cut

$uccessor (ded004)

85
Dec 6, 2016
Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch

Jenny Hval

Blood Bitch

72
Nov 18, 2016
Animal Collective - Painting With

Animal Collective

Painting With

74
Nov 18, 2016
The Body - No One Deserves Happiness

The Body

No One Deserves Happiness

72
Nov 18, 2016
Merchandise - A Corpse Wired For Sound

Merchandise

A Corpse Wired For Sound

71
Nov 18, 2016
Future - EVOL

Future

EVOL

74
Nov 12, 2016
Tinashe - Nightride

Tinashe

Nightride

70
Nov 12, 2016
2 8 1 4 - Rain Temple

2 8 1 4

Rain Temple

82
Nov 12, 2016
Junior Boys - Big Black Coat

Junior Boys

Big Black Coat

81
Nov 12, 2016

Recent Reviews

I really really really really like this song. Excited for the album.
96
The more time I spend with Bowie's discography, the more Scary Monsters stands out as one of my absolute favorites of his. Though certainly revered, it's rarely considered amongst Bowie's most essential albums, but the songs here just do it for me in a way that happens on almost no other album.

I think in part it's because Scary Monsters, to me, is the album where Bowie combines every style he'd been working with up to this point. We've got more traditional pop rock tunes like Up the Hill Backwards, epic slow burning rockers like Teenage Wildlife, hard rock on the title track, a hint of glam in the intro, pure funk on Fashion, and even burgeoning new wave sounds on the single Ashes to Ashes. The only thing that's missing is the extreme experimentalism of the Berlin trilogy, but I always prefer Bowie when he's working (even vaguely) within the confines of rock music.

Scary Monsters also contains a significant chunk of my favorite lyrical moments from Bowie. This is one of his first albums to my ears in which he drops all the personas and really expresses what makes him--David Robert Jones--tick as an artist and person in the world. His dark reflection on his legacy in Ashes to Ashes and (espescially) his sneering takedown of new wavers like Gary Numan in Teenage Wildlife rank amongst my favorite moments in Bowie's entire catalog as a result.

Plus, it's just a ridiculously well sequenced and put together album. Every song works for me. Even ones in which I don't adore the songwriting quite as much (like Scream Like a Baby) make up for it through interesting lyrics or production choices.

It may be a controversial opinion, but I'd rank Scary Monsters over "Heroes" or Hunky Dory any day.

Favorite tracks: Teenage Wildlife, Ashes to Ashes, It's No Game (No. 1), Fashion, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)
95
A fantastic beast of a record, a sprawling, unkempt, noisy, emotionally damaged behemoth. Its production is lo-fi, to the point that the vocals are occasionally drowned out by the instrumentation, but the tracks are masterfully written and arranged, unlike any rock record I've heard before or since. This is post-hardcore's apotheosis, and the best record of 2001, its churning bleakness a fitting complement to that dark year.

Favorite tracks: One Lick Less, Terminus, October All Over, Demons Sing Love Songs, Treachery
85
I knew Lee Bannon would come through at some point with an album I loved, and he's certainly done it here. I'm a bit of an ambient freak, so I can't honestly say this record transcends its genre or would really appeal to anyone who doesn't already listen to ambient. But, I think Bannon (now Dedekind Cut) comes through here with some evocative sounds, unsettling moods and--importantly for good ambient--well written songs that develop and grow rather than simply looping the same sound over and over again.

The dark, futuristic mood on this album is perfect for this year too. It makes me imagine walking the streets of an urban dystopia (probably America ca. 2019) at night.

Favorite tracks: Integra, Maxine, Instinct, 5ucc3550r, Fear in Reverse
I was very excited for Starboy after the first single and (less so) False Alarm, but this song makes me nervous. To me it sounds like just another rehash of his original sound, which is kind of played out for me, as good as the Trilogy and BBTM are. I don't hate Party Monster, and I'm still looking forward to the album--I just hope this track is an outlier and he sticks with the nocturnal disco of the title track and I Feel It Coming.

EDIT: I retract my dislike of this song. I listened to it after a night out last night and have a greater appreciation for it now. Still prefer the other singles from Starboy, but Party Monster vibes nonetheless.
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Dec 30, 2016
Rob
Thank you for your contributions in 2016!

http://forums.albumoftheyear.org/t/top-contributors-of-2016/190
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Jul 3, 2014
rapmartin12
I salute your dedication by following you. lol
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Jun 17, 2013
Rob
Appreciate all the work you put in to get the new album ratings added to the site.
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