The Man Who Sold the World

David Bowie - The Man Who Sold the World
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
1970 Ratings: #50 / 89
User Score
Based on 258 ratings
1970 Ratings: #41
November 4, 1970 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mercury / Label
Glam Rock, Hard Rock / Genres
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David Bowie is quickly finding his potential and comes around with a fantastic album. The tunes are more lively, but even that being said this album takes on a much darker sound and has more of a "rock" feel to it than his previous 2 albums. It also tackles much darker themes with the lyrics. The high points on this thing are REALLY high, especially All The Madmen, my favourite track on this album. Black Country Rock, despite being mostly instrumental just sounds amazing. Bowie's ... read more

Bowie turned into a badass

Best: The Width of a Circle, All the Madmen, Black Country Rock, After All, Saviour Machine, She Shook Me Cold

Weakest: The Man Who Sold the World
The Man Who Sold The World is regarded by many to be Bowie's first truly great release, and while I would argue that Space Oddity was also really good, I can't disagree that this is much better. When I started going through his discography, this is what I expected to hear.

Everything on here is great. Every single song from The Width Of A Circle all the way to The Supermen were all expertly written and performed. The instrumentation on here was amazing, in particular the guitar solo on The ... read more
From the sci-fi and folk styling of Bowie's last records, this is quite the departure. Instead of acoustic ballads about women, The Man Who Sold The World contains dark songs about insanity, murder, death, self worth, religion all presented in a hard rock styling that was quite the risk for Bowie. But Bowie is all about risks, and this one most certainly paid off.

Favorite Jams: All the Madmen, Savior Machine, The Man Who Sold the World

Lest Favorite: She Shook Me Cold

There are some full bops on here, but the songs that aren’t the bops are really forgettable and boring. The pacing on this album also lowers the score, because I feel that some songs stay their welcome a little too long.

Color: Green
FAV TRACKS: All the Madmen, Black Country Rock
LEAST FAV: The Supermen
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Track List

  1. The Width of a Circle
  2. All the Madmen
  3. Black Country Rock
  4. After All
  5. Running Gun Blues
  6. Saviour Machine
  7. She Shook Me Cold
  8. The Man Who Sold the World
  9. The Supermen
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