David Bowie - Low
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1977 Ratings: #17 / 88
User Score
Based on 928 ratings
1977 Ratings: #1
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January 14, 1977 / Release Date
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RCA / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Low is a dense, challenging album that confirmed his place at rock's cutting edge. Driven by dissonant synthesizers and electronics, Low is divided between brief, angular songs and atmospheric instrumentals.

100
Rolling Stone

Low flows together into a lyrical, hallucinatory, miraculously beautiful whole, the music of an overstimulated mind in an exhausted body, as rock's prettiest sex vampire sashays through some serious emotional wreckage.

100
Pitchfork
The album's first side is a beautiful futurist ruin, littered with holes left purposefully unfixed, while the blank, instrumental second side feels like a calculated attempt to kill the author.
90
NME
The ensuing 'Low' advocates the merging of man and machine, and then depicts the resulting sense of loss.
80
Spin
Bowie furthers his interest in robot sex, woozy ambience, and electro-rock dabbling.
amw100
96
*listens to first half*: oh ok so this is what they were talking about
*listens to second half*: OH OK SO THIS IS WHAT THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT

You gotta appreciate the innovation of this album... If this was released today it would still be ahead of it's time. I love how energetic and fun this album is at first only to slowly turn into this beautiful ambient Ballad towards the end, Warszawa is an impeccable artistic statement that shaped the rest of this album and pretty much the rest of his ... read more
RakkSmells
100
David Bowie releases his very own Kid A. An album that thrives purely on its character and instrumentation, while still letting Bowie's vocals add even more to the mixture. An album that was so ahead of its time, that it sounds ahead of its time even today. An album... that is just so ridiculously different to anything Bowie had ever released in the past, yet it felt like it was HIS work. But why do I love this album as much as I do? One reason would have to be the absolutely beautifully ... read more
Songsearcher1
90
'Low' is a masterful blend of experimental rock and ambient, with Brian Eno producing it, and, in my opinion, is even better than 'Ziggy Stardust'.
The music is exceptional. What I've noticed about Bowie music is that his vocals are always outshone by his incredible instrumentation, and the album continues that trend, with over half the album being soley instrumental, and I love it for it. From the beauty of songs like "Be My Wife" and "Speed of Life" to the haunting ... read more
KIDWITHGUNs
97
tHiS iS sOmE gOoD eXpErImEnTaL mUsIc

I'm actually speechless. I'm stunned because this album just flirted with my ears, and managed to take them on a romantic date.

Then this album took my ears... AND PROCEEDED TO FUCK THEM.

now im pregnant wtf
Z.Younk
100
Bowie's magnum opus.
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Track List

  1. Speed of Life
  2. Breaking Glass
  3. What in the World
  4. Sound and Vision
  5. Always Crashing in the Same Car
  6. Be My Wife
  7. A New Career in a New Town
  8. Warszawa
  9. Art Decade
  10. Weeping Wall
  11. Subterraneans
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Added on: February 4, 2013