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Tin Machine II

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An album by Tin Machine

Japanese limited edition reissue pressing comes packaged in a miniature LP sleeve. Victor. 2006.--This text refers to an alternateAudio CDedition.

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Second round of the emetic

  • Nov 13, 2000
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Tin Machine II picks up where Tin Machine left off, and in most senses corrects the errors of the first-born: Reeves Gabrels' ministry-of-silly-walks guitar playing is spanked and told to behave itself; the production is snappier and cleaner, the mix is better, the band is miles tighter and the songs are more focussed - there are no cacophonic space-jams here, thank you very much. And thank heavens for that.

The songwriting is just as good, in a slow burning way. The first couple of listens singularly failed to grab me (not helped by Baby Universal being a fairly humdrum opener), but I gave it a couple more goes and an hour after the fifth spin it hit me that actually Betty Wrong is a terrific song, as classically Bowie as any thing from "Heroes", and before long Shopping for Girls, Goodbye Mr Ed and the almost Bowie-free Stateside were rolling round in my head the way all good Bowie tunes do, cheeky lines about Kennedy convertibles, Marilyn inflatables and fellows with no heads repeating on me and yes, even causing a chuckle. Goodness me, there's life in the old dog yet.

But the record still isn't as fresh as Tin Machine I, which for all its flaws I find the more pleasing effort. And fundamentally, history will mark the Tin Machine phenomenon as the fair breeze which blew the Good Ship David Bowie back off the rocks, rather than the one which saw him home, and I suppose in a way that's fitting: Now he's back to something approaching his creative best, I don't miss Tin Machine. But in 1989, the dreadful strains of "Too Dizzy" still in my head, it may as well have been the second coming. Tin Machine killed off Never Let Me Down, and everything it stood for. And we can all be thankful for that.

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Label: Jvc Victor
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