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The Next Day

David Bowie

The Next Day

The most revered name in pop music puts out his first album of new material in a decade

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  1. 10.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    An absolute wonder: urgent, sharp-edged, bold, beautiful and baffling, an intellectually stimulating, emotionally charged, musically jagged, electric bolt through his own mythos
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  2. 10.0 |   The Independent

    May be the greatest comeback album ever
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  3. 10.0 |   Q

    This long album of short songs is packed with evidence that Bowie has spent his supposedly indolent decade doing the hardest work of all. He's been thinking about himself and the world his music made. Print edition only

  4. 10.0 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    So this is what it’s like to be astonished by a new David Bowie album
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  5. 10.0 |   musicOMH

    The release of The Next Day would have been one of the biggest stories of the year no matter what its quality – the fact that it also happens to be one of the best records of Bowie’s career to date just makes the comeback that much more triumphant
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  6. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    The Next Day isn’t great simply because it’s the return of Bowie. It’s great because it’s the return of Bowie’s voice: rich, delicate, smoky, wise
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  7. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    More than half the album is fantastic, and the rest is very, very strong
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  8. 9.0 |   BBC

    A triumphant, almost defiant, return. Innovative, dark, bold and creative, it’s an album only David Bowie could make
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  9. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The Next Day hands nothing to you on a plate. If you want a sing-along chorus, you’re made to endure (and eventually enjoy) a threatening verse
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  10. 8.5 |   God Is In The TV

    Review 1: David Bowie no longer wears masks, doesn’t feel the need to act out a persona (8/10). Review 2: To say it’s a pleasure to have him back would be an understatement (9/10)
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  11. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Though it's been 10 years since his previous release, The Next Day is Bowie's most consistent record in twice as much time
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  12. 8.5 |   Paste Magazine

    The Next Day offers an embarrassment of riches that should keep listeners busy for weeks and months to come
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  13. 8.0 |   The Fly

    A really great rock album from a man who knows a thing or two about writing really great rock albums
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  14. 8.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    He doesn’t sound 66 on this album. He doesn’t not sound 66 either, but another striking feature of The Next Day is how much it doesn’t sound like an old man trying to keep up with the times
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  15. 8.0 |   Art Rocker

    History should be left to judge the relative merits of The Next Day as opposed to Scary Monsters, Lodger or any other Bowie record - this is a record you can just go with right now
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  16. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    The Next Day is the best Bowie album in 33 years, but it’s perfectly reasonable to not even call it a top 10 Bowie album
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  17. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    An album that's thought-provoking, strange and filled with great songs
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  18. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Only a little better than its two predecessors and probably only Bowie’s best album since Outside, but that’s not to knock what is easily the best mainstream art pop record of recent times
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  19. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Bowie has, with an imperfect but exhilarating album, announced his return to rock's top table
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  20. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    One has to dig deep and fight uphill to connect here, but that climb results in a rewarding, fascinating listen
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  21. 8.0 |   The 405

    Bowie still experiments, never content to rest on his laurels
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  22. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    There’s nothing new here. Be clear about that. Because, lest you forget, he’s 66. But it’s a blast, so for that be grateful
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  23. 8.0 |   State

    On the whole, The Next Day is a great album
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  24. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It's [the] undercurrent of despair that makes The Next Day Bowie's most impassioned and convincing work in decades. Print edition only

  25. 8.0 |   NME

    Above all, this album is about songcraft. Rather than reinventing Bowie, it absorbs his past and moves on, hungry for more
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  26. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Has a strong connection to the late-1970s period when Bowie and producer Tony Visconti made their Berlin trilogy of Low, Heroes and Lodger
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  27. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Standards on The Next Day’s 14 tracks are exceptionally high. A cover that blithely slaps a white box onto the classic “Heroes” album sleeve confidently invites comparison with his finest work
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  28. 8.0 |   DIY

    'The Next Day' is about as far removed from the sound of a frail old man as it's possible to get
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  29. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    David Bowie's perpetual predicament is that he can't escape David Bowie's past. In that respect, he's just like the rest of us: we can't escape David Bowie's past either. The Next Day leaves you wondering why you'd ever want to
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  30. 8.0 |   Clash

    Reflective, revitalising and luxuriously refined; it’s bloody good Bowie after all
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  31. 8.0 |   The Scotsman

    Out of the blue, David Bowie has delivered another classic
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  32. 7.6 |   Pitchfork

    As astute as ever, casting a ghoulish shadow over sounds and images we know and love
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  33. 7.0 |   All Music

    Neither enhances nor diminishes anything that came before, it's merely a sweet coda to a towering career
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  34. 7.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    A fitting cherry atop an outstanding career's worth of expression and innovation
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  35. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Along with the clanging guitars, a grim trepidation courses through The Next Day, like the frozen urban tundra that formed the landscape of Anthony Moore's brilliant post-punk LP Flying Doesn't Help. Print edition only

  36. 6.0 |   The Observer

    If it is the mark of a satisfying album that you want to absorb every last note and reference, then The Next Day is a banquet, but one in which superfoods and gristle both feature
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  37. 5.0 |   Spin

    This didn't need to happen
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  38. 5.0 |   PopMatters

    Now he’s just an old fellow who is fighting against the current, and The Next Day is a brutal drowning
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