David Bowie Starman Analysis

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Having hit songs from the 1960s to his death in 2016, David Bowie is considered not only one of the greatest rock and roll artist of all time but also one of the greatest musicians ever. My mom always played David Bowie’s Greatest Hits CD in her car to the point where it is now nostalgic. I knew all of his hits, but I never listened to an full albums of his, so decided to listen to and review what is said to be his greatest work to see if it holds: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. Part one of three, Ziggy Stardust is about an alien that shares the name of the album that is sent to Earth just five years before it’s demise due to over mining resources. His mission is to bring the world together in peace through the…show more content…
The quick run down of the story did not require research other than listening to the album because the clear vocals and vivid story allowed Bowie to convey the meaning he wanted to get across. The album’s opening track Five Years let’s the listener know that the world is ending, Starman introduces Ziggy, Ziggy Stardust is the shifting point to his story, and Rock 'N ' Roll Suicide is obvious it is his downfall. The story also does well in having a clear climax which is also easily the best song on the album. The song Ziggy Stardust has an iconic guitar riff in the verse and a synth sound to the chorus which sets it out from the others even though they all are unique in their own right. The album follows the standard guitar, drums and bass of a rock band, but adds saxophone and piano to a few songs to change the sound. Even with the guitar, Bowie changes the standard three chord melodies that rock had known and further expanded on the electric solos he touched on in earlier albums. Even though Ziggy Stardust is the first part of the Ziggy story, the album easily stands on its own for the listener that only want to hear one album instead of three with a clear conclusion. The only thing lacking is the length. Coming in at thirty-eight minutes, the album appears to be lacking, but the story is able to be told in a condensed, well wrapped package that does not require more
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