The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
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Based on 6 reviews
1972 Ratings: #7 / 87
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1972 Ratings: #1
June 6, 1972 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Bowie succeeds not in spite of his pretensions but because of them, and Ziggy Stardust -- familiar in structure, but alien in performance -- is the first time his vision and execution met in such a grand, sweeping fashion.

100
Rolling Stone
The important thing is that despite the formidable nature of the undertaking, he hasn't sacrificed a bit of entertainment value for the sake of message.
100
Slant Magazine

In giving in to his own imagination and creating his own world, Bowie changed ours immeasurably, and for that many a pop fan should be eternally grateful.

100
Spin
Androgynous space rockers rule our decaying planet with feverish power chords and wham-bam vamping.
100
Pitchfork

The record that made Bowie the star he'd been acting like for a while, although its reputation isn't quite the same as its reality.

90
PopMatters

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars took the world by storm in 1972, and it’s still a masterpiece forty years later.

KIDWITHGUNs
100
MASTAPEECE

It's unbelievable that this is coming from the same man who had concocted that dogshit debut. The difference in quality is stunning. This is everything, not a single dud. This album is dramatic, it's mystical. It's everything before this but cranked up to 100

This is the Endgame of the Bowie discography.

*Edit: it gets a big ol' ten because Kanye is referenced on the album cover.

Lol he wasn't even born at that time... in fact he would only be born in about Five Years...

Holy ... read more
scott96k
95
Five Fucking Years
RakkSmells
99
AND IT JUST GETS EVEN BETTER FROM THERE...

He did it. The mad lad's done it. He took everything great about his last few albums and ramped them up to infinity on this album. The instrumentation is magical. If it wasn't amazing enough in Hunky Dory or The Man Who Sold The World, this album will give you everything you needed. Amazing solos, incredible piano riffs, everything instrumentally is perfect. Bowie's vocals, if they weren't amazing enough in Hunky Dory, just get even more powerful from ... read more
Plats
100
I return to this album so much because it's always so damn fun to listen to! It's grand and absolutely rocking. Hell, this is probably one of my favorite records from Ziggy himself!

Fav Tracks: Ziggy Stardust, Starman, Moonage Daydream, Soul Love, Suffragette City, Lady Stardust, Five Years

Least Fav Tracks: I HAVE NONE!!!

Score:
10
Mastapeece
Brendo
85
It ain't a 5/10.
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Track List

  1. Five Years
  2. Soul Love
  3. Moonage Daydream
  4. Starman
  5. It Ain't Easy
  6. Lady Stardust
  7. Star
  8. Hang On to Yourself
  9. Ziggy Stardust
  10. Suffragette City
  11. Rock 'n' Roll Suicide
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