Hunky Dory

David Bowie - Hunky Dory
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1971 Ratings: #1 / 129
User Score
1971 Ratings: #5
Liked by 105 people
December 17, 1971 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA / Label
Ken Scott, David Bowie / Producer
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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.

Glam is born: pissy rockers ("Queen Bitch"), letters to American Idols ("Andy Warhol"), and an ode to his peeps ("Oh! You Pretty Things").
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.

"I wasn't an R&B artist, I wasn't a folk artist and I didn't see the point in trying to be that purist about it… I loved the idea of putting Little Richard with Jacques Brel and The Velvet Underground backing them. What would that sound like?"

- David Bowie, 2011

To this day it's admirable to think back at how bold and insistent Bowie remained even after three of his records failed to hit the charts consecutively. Even tactics like venturing off overseas to ... read more
Today marks the 5th anniversary of Bowie's passing, and so I post this album review in his memory. We miss you, Starman.

In my view, "Hunky Dory" is Bowie's first truly classic album. His previous project "The Man Who Sold The World" marked the artistic birth of who is now usually called "The Chameleon of Rock" (even with Bowie's disdain towards that title), but it's on this record that Bowie started cementing his place in music history.

The album showcases a ... read more
And it just gets better each time...

I'm actually not sure whether I prefer this album or The Man Who Sold The World... but just due to the absolutely flawless lyrics and the much more focused sound and overall theme, this I think warrants a higher rating in my opinion. The writing is fantastic and extremely captivating. There are so many great standouts on this album, especially the most popular ones Changes and Life On Mars?. It's safe to say those songs are well-known for a good reason. The ... read more
it makes me angry/sad that only very few people in the future will get close to making something of this quality
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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Added on: April 5, 2013