David Bowie - ★ [Blackstar]

★ [Blackstar]

88
User Score (2313)
Sign In to rate and review
Plats
100
I was 14 years of age when "Blackstar" came out. I wasn't as advanced a listener as I am now, but I still appreciated music and I was still a huge fan of the David Bowie. After I listened to it for the first time on January 8th, I thought it was a great album at the time. Since I was, like everyone else, oblivious to what was happening to Bowie, I thought he was reflecting on his past life and just wanting to go back to those times since he was at an old age.

But then, something ... read more
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
Jamobo
85
David Bowie’s Blackstar - The Artist Facing Death

If I described David Bowie as a once in a generation talent, that would be a misnomer, as there hasn’t really been anyone in the 50+ years since he debuted in 1967 that can truly match up to his musical legacy. I won’t really get into what makes him such a legend, either you already know or you have yet to properly experience his expansive and explorative work. And that experience will tell you far more than any of my words ... read more
Inglume
58
(Thoughts, 2021-05-24)
Can't say I'm invested in many of this record's musical endeavours nowadays. Its art rock-jazz mixtures (exception here is the first-half of 'Blackstar') leave an odd impression and doesn't exactly amount to the most interesting batch of ideas. At its least convincing moments, just a tad wacky for its concept.

But in a sense, I've gained much respect for Bowie with this final breath of a record. Obviously conceived with the inevitable onset of death, Blackstar is ... read more
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
JustSomeGuy
97
David Bowie revisited part 27/27

The perfect ending to a discography spanning decades. David Bowie's final gift to the world sticks out as by far one of his greatest achievements, not only hitting you hard with the context, but just being some really great, unique, innovative music in general, proving yet again that Bowie was always that guy who always looked further ahead, even in death.

Blackstar is simply a modern classic. Fifty years from now, we're going to be looking back on this album ... read more
RakkSmells
95
It was January 8, 2016. Bowie had just released a new album titled "Blackstar". Little did the whole world know, that this record was something truly special to Bowie. This was not just any ordinary David Bowie album. I mean, people loved this thing. Critics loved it, the people loved it, it was truly a return to form for Bowie. Some even hailed it as his best work.

With this album's release, people were excited to see what Bowie had in store next. He had just released probably his ... read more
JoaoSantos
90
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
thisisabtlgrnd
90
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)
Flamingooooo
10
The final act of one of the greatest musical artists in history, released moments before his death, depicts a man coming to terms with death, an extremely strong person, someone who lives to create. The hugely influential, iconic and much-loved artist David Bowie and his Blackstar...
I would love to like this album, I would love to see it as a masterpiece, something that is truly worthy of its reputation. Unfortunately, all I see here is a typical mediocre album, and it seems to me that the ... read more
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.
MickyT
100
Discography Diaries #4: David Bowie
Album #24: Blackstar
Genre: Art Rock, Experimental Rock, Jazz Rock
Date: 13/08/2020
Time: 7:10 PM

It's finally time, we've made through the entirety of David Bowie's core discography, it's just time to talk about the final album, David Bowie's 24th studio album, Blackstar. So yeah, if you've kept up with my reviews of Bowie's discography, you'll know that I love a lot of David Bowie's work, he has so many masterpieces in my opinion, he has his fair share of ... read more
ka1
93
God I miss him so much. I dont care if it's been 4 years, RIP to a GOAT
daFigz
98
Beyond brilliant and inaccessible to those among you who have untuned earhoilos. Weakest track: 'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore, followed by Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime). Regardless, Bowie on Blackstar is quickly approaching release from society's bind and about to ascend to a new dimension. Brilliant artist. Brilliant career. And a stellar goodbye to us all. I miss you, David Jones. [But, not your ciggy smokin'.] - @daFigz™
cakenator
80
Rest in pepperonis
100
awesome great dope music album masterpiece wow wow
david bowie respect your culture world us
ThomasGuy
95
pain.
Andrei
43
David Bowie has been one of my favorite artists for a long time now. I loved all of his other classic albums, so I expected that Blackstar would be no different. However, to my surprise, I have found that after multiple attempts, I do not like this album at all. I think what does it for me the most are the vocals. Pretty much everything else from the instrumentation to the songwriting I like, but I dislike the vocals on this album so much it brings the rating down to a negative one. Probably my ... read more
ElectricMess
NR
“Five years, that’s all we got!”

Bowie belted those words almost fifty years ago at the start of his most iconic work. Today marks five years since the release of his final album, and Sunday will bring the anniversary of him passing from one phase of life to the next. “Five Years” made it sound like such a weightless, worthless amount of time, but each year without the Starman has just seemed longer and longer. I was just taking my first steps into the musical ... read more
Quet
90
Blackstar is the better of 2 amazing depictions of death from 2016.
Notorious_Man
92
I have seen many things. I've seen artists take their happiness and turn it into art, I've seen them do the same to sadness, misery, and even suffering, but this is absolutely the first time I've ever seen anyone turn their death into an art project.

Let's go back to this exact day 5 years. I have been just getting into Bowie's music and was mostly listening to his 70s and 80s hits. Then on that fateful day, I wake up to hear my mother crying. I immediately got up to see what was happening. ... read more
Dombot
98
One of the most interesting, beautiful, haunting and overall incredible concept albums ever made. Literally the best musical sendoff the world has ever seen. Modern classic.
MinatoArisato
95
A lovely send off from one of the greatest muscians of all time. Blackstar is a heartfelt goodbye and an incredible end to Bowie's journey as a muscian. The fusion between jazz and rock perfectly sets the somber mood for Bowie's agonisingly painful lyrics. Even without the context this album is still one of the best albums in Bowie's catalogue and is absolutely a must hear.

Best Track: I Can't Give Everything Away
Worst Track: Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)
zeldox
100
Genius last words.
kirboangry
93
RIP David Bowie
showing 1 - 25 of 291 user reviews

RATING DISTRIBUTION
90-100
 
1233

80-89
 
796

70-79
 
188

60-69
 
52

50-59
 
17

40-49
 
5

30-39
 
5

20-29
 
6

10-19
 
5

0-9
 
6

96%of users like this album
1%of users don't like this album
Advertisement
Advertisement
Popular Albums
Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow - INDUSTRY BABY
Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow
INDUSTRY BABY
Dave - We're All Alone In This Together
Dave
We're All Alone In This Together
Darkside - Spiral
Darkside
Spiral
Kanye West - Donda
Kanye West
Donda
Coldplay - Coloratura
Coldplay
Coloratura
Clairo - Sling
Clairo
Sling

July 2021 Playlist
Forums