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An album by David Bowie

Hours...is a lush, largely serene self-portrait through which David Bowie atones for mistakes and reflects on regrets. Not that this is the chameleon's swan song, but it's a fitting time for him to speak out honestly about his life--a life that's been … see full wiki

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Not entirely fascinating, but pleasant enough

  • Oct 1, 2002
Bowie's problem these days is he can't get used to getting on in life. Still siring children, squiring super models, becoming the internet and, all the while, purporting to retaining footing on the leading edge of the artistic world (mates with Moby, you know), all this in his fifties ... it isn't a modus operandi I'd follow to retain my dignity if I were him.

But, with a pleasing showing at Glastonbury last year, and now this record and (to an extent) the more recent Heathen, maybe the signs are there that Bowie's finally preparing to reach for the pipe and slippers.

Not before time.

Finally, a record with no complicated double-album length concept art murders to tax your credulity (per 1. Outside); no drum machines played back at 78 rpm to have you groping for the Tylenol (per Earthling); no peroxided quiffs, china girls, red shoes, glass spiders, screaming lord Byrons, hobgoblin kings, pet shop boys remixes - nothing like that. Just updated middle rock, contemporarily produced nice tunes and lyrics of a nostalgic bent. The nearest thing I can put it to is the more straightforward (and hence less interesting) parts of The Buddha of Suburbia.

And that's exactly the problem. It just isn't all that interesting. Despite what the papers said, it is not Hunky Dory (nothing like it, in fact) and, unless you lock yourself in, it'll be over before you realise it and you'll have wandered off to do something round the house, or started reading the paper, it's that engaging.

Basically, it's cafe music. That's quite an indictment, so I qualify it by saying it would be a *nice* cafe, one sophisticated enough to deliberately not own the Gypsy Kings or Simply Red, but still cafe music all the same.

Sorry, David.

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Label: Virgin Records Us
Artist: David Bowie
Release Date: October 5, 1999

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