David Bowie - Low
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1977 Ratings: #16 / 75
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Based on 533 ratings
1977 Ratings: #1
January 14, 1977 / Release Date
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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
Z.Younk
100
Bowie's magnum opus.
Plats
100
When I was younger, I thought this was one of his worst projects. "Where's Bowie?" and "I don't like this" pretty much summed up my response to this album. Fast forward "FIVE YEARS" later, my musical tastes have grown smarter. After countless listens, it finally clicked! "Low" is a beautiful, atmospheric and challenging album that shines so well even when Bowie isn't on the mic! Having said that, I'm having second thoughts between which album is my ... read more
PipePanic
98
This album is bonkers. It's Station To Station, but much more self aware, much more consistent, and much more experimental. Introducing synths into Bowie's already eclectic and strange sound, it really feels like the most honest and transparent record he's ever made, expressing exactly how he was feeling at the time with the weapons he has: Sound and Vision. And this album has got both the sound (housing some of the best musicianship and musical structures of Bowie career) and the artistic ... read more
Space Vacation
88
3 Years 3 Months and 9 Days Ago: 86/100
5:30 PM (EST) July Ninth, Two-Thousand and Eighteenth: 88/100

*severe lack of David Bowie on otherwise amazing album
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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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