Hunky Dory

David Bowie - Hunky Dory
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Based on 4 reviews
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Based on 494 ratings
1971 Ratings: #2
December 17, 1971 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Hunky Dory is a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie's sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high and low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch, and class.

100
Spin
Glam is born: pissy rockers ("Queen Bitch"), letters to American Idols ("Andy Warhol"), and an ode to his peeps ("Oh! You Pretty Things").
100
Pitchfork
He'd also made huge leaps as a songwriter, and his new songs demonstrated the breadth of his power: the epic Jacques Brel-gone-Dada torch song "Life on Mars?" is immediately followed by "Kooks", an adorable lullaby for his infant son.
itsyahboinoah
98
David Bowie forth and critically acclaimed record "Hunky Dory" showed the artist at his peak when it came to song/writing and the genre of glam rock at the front-line during this time. With me this record or "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" goes back and forth for me as complete favourites of his amazing discography. With Hunky dory the arranged composition of the use of guitars and piano are flourished and varied within this record. David ... read more
chessmess
100
it makes me angry/sad that only very few people in the future will get close to making something of this quality
exception
97
probably the highlight of a very impressive career, david bowie's fourth LP is a masterpiece. he incorporates pop music as well as folk into this album, which makes bowie's signature glam rock sound more appealing to the mainstream as well as those who are more into indie rock and smaller acts within that genre. his lyrics are flawless; talking about various subjects and ideas in a very abstract way (kooks, eight line poem). what he said, and how he projected his voice in so many tones is ... read more
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zachthesnack
94
Powered by monolithic singles such as Kooks, Changes and Life On Mars? and beautiful ballads like Quicksand, Hunky Dory is a near perfect effort of a pop record that thrust David Bowie into worldwide superstardom, making him a cultural icon almost instantly. He was no longer just the Major Tom guy, he was now a respected and revered artiste with one masterpiece already under his belt and many more to come. I see why many people consider this to be Bowie's best record.

Favorite Track: Kooks ... read more
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Track List

  1. Changes
  2. Oh! You Pretty Things
  3. Eight Line Poem
  4. Life on Mars?
  5. Kooks
  6. Quicksand
  7. Fill Your Heart
  8. Andy Warhol
  9. Song for Bob Dylan
  10. Queen Bitch
  11. The Bewlay Brothers
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