David Bowie - Low
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
1977 Ratings: #13 / 105
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1977 Ratings: #1
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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.
100
Q Magazine
An album of mournfully sincere synthesizer music.
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.
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

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
92

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

biddleee
92

I used to think this album was super boring. Goes to show, never trust your child self.

100

I am currently cumming

69420JMAN69420
80

I feel like I'm on my own here but I just don't care for the second half very much at all. Like, it's not offensively bad, it's good enough but I certainly don't care for it. It lowers an otherwise incredible album to me. That first half is so good though.

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Added on: February 4, 2013