“David Bowie” is the self-titled debut full-length studio album by UK pop artist David Bowie. The album was released through Deram Records in June 1967.
The music style on the album is a far cry from the music style on “Space Oddity (1969)”, which was David Bowie’s breakthrough album, and “David Bowie” wasn’t as successful as David Bowie had hoped for. While the music may not be as interesting or adventurous as the music on it’s successor, “David Bowie” is still a pretty fascinating psychadelic tinged pop album. Especially the storytelling type lyrics with both humourous, odd and dark themes are greatly enjoyable. How about “Uncle Arthur”, which tells the story about a guy who after a short fling with a girl, who can’t cook a decent meal, moves back in with his mother or the oddly bizarre “Please Mr. Gravedigger”.
The instrumenation is probably where the album could have been a bit more interesting. David Bowie does play with both waltz time, citar, tuba and some sound effects too, but most tracks are still clearly singer/songwriter styled with an acoustic guitar as the foundation. Not that it’s necessarily an issue when the tracks are as charming as these are. The excessive use of strings in some tracks is a bit too much though and they seldom do those tracks any favors.
If you enjoy early Pink Floyd psychadelia (the least distorted tracks) or 1966 – 1967 The Beatles, this could easily be an album you’d enjoy. I think it’s quite a decent debut album by David Bowie and I’d say a 3 – 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.
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