Hunky Dory

David Bowie - Hunky Dory
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Based on 4 reviews
1971 Ratings: #1 / 110
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Based on 951 ratings
1971 Ratings: #6
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December 17, 1971 / Release Date
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RCA / Label
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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
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
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

In its 41 minutes of run time, this album is great for those who wanna start getting into Bowie, as it’s not his ‘best’ per say, but it gives a good introduction to his various styles through the genres presented. I definitely recommend for newcomers!

Color: Orange
FAV TRACKS: Changes, Life on Mars?, Queen Bitch, Andy Warhol
LEAST FAV: Song for Bob Dylan
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
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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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Added on: April 5, 2013