David Bowie - Blackstar
Blackstar
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thisisabtlgrnd
91
We really couldn't have asked for a better final album from him. Beautiful stuff. It's weird to think he wrote these songs knowing what was coming:

Something happened on the day he died /
Spirit rose a metre then stepped aside /
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried /
I’m a blackstar, I’m a star's star, I’m a blackstar

RIP

Favorite Tracks: Blackstar, I Can't Give Everything Away, Girl Loves Me, Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)
snarekickblues
90
A friend texted to inform me about about his death while I was listening to this album. Lazarus had just begun, and Bowie had just finished singing the first verse when my phone vibrated.

Strange
exception
87
the perfect way to go out. theres no way that bowie did not know that his time would come soon after this album, because some of the topics are just so emotional. the jazz sounds were really breathtaking, and bowie's vocals were still incredible, after over 40 years into his career.
fav tracks: lazaras, i cant give everything away, girl loves me
JoaoSantos
99
This is great but with Bowie's death it reaches another level. It's just an emotional packed album and it's Bowie's best in my opinion. The vocals are powerful, the jazz parts are amazing, everything sounds great. RIP legend
Z.Younk
100
Bowie's Best since the 80's. His artistry is amazing on Blackstar. His beats are complex but not unmatched by his beautifully weird & poignant lyrics. He even at times speaks in language Anthony Burgess created for A Clockwork Orange and in existential riddles. Amazingly Weird, Bowie.
ElectricMess
97
What a way to go...

Favorite Tracks: Dollar Days, Blackstar, Girl Loves Me, I Can't Give Everything Away, Lazarus
zeldox
100
Genius last words.
thierry
93
I'll be honest: I though Blackstar was excellent when it first came out, but it has become a whole new album with the recent news. Granted, that was exactly what Bowie expected. Blackstar is the great swan song that passed straight under the radar of the world's collective consciousness until tragedy brought it new light.
MasterCrackfox
87
This is perhaps the artists most important album ever released, not only due to the significance of it being released so close to his death but his willingness to address the themes of his coming death so intimately and masterfully. It is an incredible thing to hear a man, aware of his demise, embracing that death and staring it in the eyes as he passes. It is the statement that only an artist like Bowie could craft. It is such an essential listen, not just for the average Bowie fan but for any ... read more
BruhMan
98
What a beautiful way to say goodbye.

FAV: Blackstar, 'Tis a Pitty She Was a Whore, Lazarus, Sue (Or in a Season of Crime), Girl Loves Me, Dollar Days & I Can't Give Evrtything Away
Muhammed
90
one of the best decade albums
BuffaloStaple
85
great album, shame he went so soon
tinymusiccritic
87
From it's spellbinding statement-of-purpose (and listener patience litmus test) title track to the closer, 'I Can't Give Everything Away', Blackstar is an almost entirely unmitigated success.

Save for the lyrical abstraction of 'Girl Loves Me' with its Clockwork Orange slang, Nadsat, the album makes an overwhelming case for Bowie's continuing relevance to the contemporary music landscape.

This is art-rock performed by a versatile jazz-band, with inspired studio flourishes, all held together ... read more
thomasny18
85
I feel that I'm giving way too many positive scores. Is this one of them? Certainly not. If anything, some could argue that I'm scoring too low, which just goes to show the legacy he has left with this astonishing album. I'm not that old and I only really started getting into music in late 2017, so when I was shown Lazarus I was like "This is fucking weird. No thanks." If I could slap my past self that would've been a perfect moment to do so. A thing that makes David Bowie great is ... read more
rosevean
92
#1 Blackstar
#2 'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore
#3 Lazarus
#4 Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)
#6 Dollar Days
dlspslb
96
Where can i start? An artist releasing something like this as his last words? I got emotional. Starting with the title track, which vocal performance is something only an experienced musician like Bowie could sing. Jesus Christ. It gives me shivers every time. Between groovy songs, danceable hits and some sad tracks, this thing is emotionally-packed from start to finish. Can someone embrace his own death like Bowie? I don't think so. This man was so unique that he used his death as inspiration ... read more
amygoodall
80
good
ricardomcr
80
Extremely meaningful record for obvious reasons. Ominous sound that still represents an evolution step in Bowie's catalogue right to its very end.
Love the avant-garde jazz influences, the drony/heady and dense strings and brass in some of the longer instrumental moments. Bowie's voice is very well mixed and placed for what he was able to deliver at the time.
Sometimes transitions between song parts feel a bit abrupt or unstructured to me, even if I recognize they still contribute to the ... read more
mz
NR
Dollar Stars#
Shikaze
100
Amazing idea and one of the most sad and important albums. Rest in peace Bowie.
ACHTUNGBLUE
90
Jazz perfection.
andreAnimator
85
ainda tenho q escutar ziggy stardust * lembrete virtual *
PipePanic
96
This album was David Bowie firing off all cylinders. It's his most experimental and his most strange album in David Bowie's career, which is fitting for David Bowie's legacy. It's an album that knows of death, is about death but is not in fear of it. It's an album that, for lack of a better term, accends beyond the stars. Rest in peace.

Favorite Jams: Blackstar, Lazarus, Girl Loves Me

Lest Favorite: 'Tis A Pity She's A Whore
Sappy
95
Top Favorite: Lazarus
Other Favorites: Blackstar, Dollar Days, I Can't Give Everything Away
Least Favorite: Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)
Plats
92
Rest in piece, David Bowie. You truly inspired a lot of us. And you ended off with a damn good album!

Fav Tracks: Lazarus, Blackstar, ‘Tis A Pity She Was a Whore, I Can’t Give Everything Away

Least Fav Track: Idk... Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)?

Score:
9.2
Outstanding
FrankD
89
soberbio, David esta anunciando el final de su obra como artista es como su ultimo suspiro al cierre del telón, brillante, poderoso y con una honestidad cruda. Como audiencia nos queda nada mas que ovacionarle.
dyelir
85
As if one of the best solo artists of all-time was willing to die without adding to his mystique, as if the man who reinvented his artistic vision more times in the '70s than I've changed clothes in the last month didn't have one last trick up his sleeve, as if one of the best album-makers ever didn't have another stellar LP worth offering.
JacksonMuthIII
80
when analyzing blackstar, bowie's sad yet triumphant swan song for the ages, his death must be taken notice of. his impending demise is the central theme of backstar, casting a eeire shadow over the whole record, which is only complemented by the dark, free-jazz production that recalls sonny sharrock & bitches brew-era miles davis. although the instrumental palette never really strays beyond these themes, blackstar reaches moments of beauty, retrospection, and unsettling calamity all with ... read more
Guigss
89
Here, Bowie screamed blood and feather in a way at once sadistic and unpretentious. A piece of art, an act. It is our blackstar now. You're in heaven, Lazarus. But you're not gone.
AuthorityCritic
100
Best album of all time
KevinPasos
83
RIP

Essential Tracks - I Can't Give Everything Away
MarkCooper
72
Favorite Tracks: Dollar Days, I Can't Give Everything, Lazarus

Love the squealing on Girl Loves Me
"Where the F*** did Monday GO'OOOOOOH????"
siberianbreaks
69
A tad unrewarding yet worthy finishing piece for the beloved pop wizard. Despite the wonderfully fresh, sound palette that makes this album truly standout in Bowie's large discography besides it revolving around his death, Blackstar's only true moments of sheer genius come through clear almost entirely in the first half - the 10 minute title track presents itself as sinister and Egyptian-sounding before it finally unveils itself as an iconic melody setting the whole tone of the album while ... read more
EMR
81
The Chameleon is back with another record, and a supposed turnaround in his career, at a pretty late moment. Blackstar may just be one of the legendary artist's most ambitious record to date, as we see him tag along with a stellar set of jazz musicians in a surprising ensemble that seemed extremely promising with the self-titled single. The result, though, is a pretty short, mixed bag work with deeply obscure and dark tracks such as Lazarus and Sue in opposition to bland and uneventful tunes ... read more
92
David Bowie’s swan song is a somber masterpiece with little to no errors made. A perfect way to say farewell. So long, space cowboy.

Fav track: Lazarus

Least fav track: ’Tis a Pity She Was a Whore
gas_souza
80
Blackstar - 80
'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore - 75
Lazarus - 90
Sue (Or In a Season of Crime) - 80
Girl Loves Me - 70
Dollar Days - 80
I Can't Give Everything Away - 85

Destaque: Lazarus
DalekTurret32
100
A melancholy swansong that serves as a heartfelt closing to Bowie's discography.
This album gets five black stars out of five. ★★★★★

Blackstar [117] (+)
'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore [102] (-)
Lazarus [108]
Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime) [108]
Girl Loves Me [110]
Dollar Days [106]
I Can't Give Everything Away [106]
97
what a way to go...
86
Perfect last album.
Last track is also perfect. I have always cried in his last song which realise me a lot of things, mixed emotions. Bowie tells me to decide about my life by myself and go strongly without him.
I go forward without him but with his music.
Rob_StA
93
Top Tracks:
Blackstar
Lazarus
Girl Loves Me
Dollar Days
I Can't Give Everything Away
100
"Last words are for fools who haven't said enough!" - Karl Marx (Maybe)

The quote above could've been said by Einstein and I'd still call the person who said it an idiot. There's a reason we obsess over a person's last words. We laugh when it's something insignificant, the idea presumably being that a person in his final hours has absolutely nothing to show for his years on Earth.

No one who listened to this album between January 8 and January 10 had any clue that this was the last ... read more
evancool
97
This is a very somber sendoff album. When I first heard the album when it originally came out, the lyrical content seemed a bit off, but after Bowie passed 2 days later, I found out that the lyrical content was either a cry for help or a farewell warning. Needless to say, I consider this to be one of the best concept albums ever made. RIP David Bowie.

BEST TRACKS: Blackstar, Lazarus, Sue (Or In Season of Crime), Girl Loves Me, Dollar Days, I Can't Give Everything Away
OTHER HIGHLIGHTS WORTH ... read more
Trindade31
100
O epitáfio de David Bowie é de longe seu mais poderoso álbum.
96
Dave:
Blackstar—10
’Tis a Pity She Was a Whore—9
Lazarus—10
Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)—8
Girl Loves Me—10
Dollar Days—10
I Can’t Give Everything Away—10

67/7=9.57 __ 96
Claytastic
94
David Bowie’s final record is also one of his best. Honestly I think that Blackstat is his best written album. For the first time in his career, it doesn’t feel like Bowie is playing a character. Yeah, that’s the best part of his artistic charm, but taking the opposite route on Blackstar is the record’s best quality. It leads to an unbelievably personal and self reflective album, looking back on his career, and what the future holds for his family, friends, fellow ... read more
79
While it’s not David Bowie’s best album, it’s definitely an incredible one. Great, cutting edge, music throughout the entire project.
Vitaminchick
100
I don't think I can describe this album with words.
lucacdornelles
87
RANKING THE SONGS:
7. Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)
6. I Can't Give Everything Away
5. Girl Loves Me
4. 'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore
3. Dollar Days
2. Lazarus
1. Blackstar
Doofy
91
This is a stranger album than people give credit. Sure there are five songs that play to the overriding themes of death and legacy...but then you have the 'Whore'/'Sue'/'Girl' trio and it's these that are possibly the very most important Bowie ingredient.

He never, ever wanted to release anything too 'on the nose' and these experiments make sure 'Blackstar' has just enough of the required oddity to evade easy categorisation.
MacPhisto
95
Espectacular. David Bowie convierte su muerte en un espectáculo de referencias religiosas y literarias con una maestría solo al alcance de unos pocos.
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