David Bowie - The Next Day
Critic Score
Based on 40 reviews
2013 Ratings: #72 / 1035
Year End Rank: #12
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Based on 475 ratings
2013 Ratings: #135
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March 12, 2013 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
Art Rock / Genres
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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.

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.

Time Out London
‘The Next Day’ is a very brilliant rock record. It’s intelligent, memorable and even a little provocative.
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.

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.


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.


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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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. 

The Needle Drop
On his latest album, David Bowie reconnects with what made a lot of his classic albums great, revisiting his old stomping grounds in an incredibly mature way.

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


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

After a decade-long hiatus, David Bowie comes back with what is unquestionably his best album in years. Decades, even. The Next Day is not only one of the better albums he's had since 1980s Scary Monsters, but this is easily one of the greatest comeback albums I've ever heard.

While it's not without its problems, The Next Day is one of Bowie's most consistently great record to date. This album proves that Bowie still had it in him to make records on par, and possibly even better than, his 70s ... read more
After a decade of not releasing any music, Bowie finally returns with The Next Day, a return to his old sound, the sound he was known for. The result is an album that while it sounds more like a throwback album than anything, manages to be his best album in decades.

It seemed like from Scary Monsters onwards, Bowie wasn't too sure what to do. He made a dance album, a reggae album, a 70 minute long concept album, an industrial dance album, you name it. He had pretty much said everything he ... read more
"The Next Day" is a great comeback album after many releases failed to capture that Bowie magic. While the exploration of his past sounds are a little bit pandering and a tad dated (though with Bowie we can forgive that), he still approaches it in a very mature way and his writing on here is absolutely fantastic!

Fav Tracks: Where Are We Now?, The Stars (Are Out Tonight), Valentine's Day, (You Will) Set The World On Fire, If You Can See Me, The Next Day, Dancing Out In Space, Love Is ... read more
Will There Be A Next Day, Hero?
Bowie shows that even after a long hiatus and in his old age he is still one of the greatest artists out there.

Best Track: I'd Rather Be High
Worst Track: (You Will) Set The World On Fire
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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
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Added on: January 8, 2013