Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Year by year: 1971

David Bowie – HUNKY DORY

It only took him less than a year… While it’s hard to argue with The Man Who Sold The World (title track and “After All” are all-time classics), several months later Bowie’s songwriting was in a different league altogether. I would actually say that Hunky Dory is an example of one of the greatest quality leaps in pop music.

Much has been said about this album. From anthemic stammer of “Changes” to the epic acoustic charms of “The Bewlay Brothers”, it has all been praised to an extent you might find excessive. The message of “Song For Bob Dylan” has been dissected. The raunchy guitars of “Queen Bitch” have been called proto-punk. Many have wished “Life On Mars?” to be played at their funeral. Etcetera. Etc. 

So what is left but to say that “Eight Line Poem” is this album’s biggest highlight?.. (Not true, of course, but I’ve never had a problem with it.) Really, you may want to be original, as you have every right to be, but do you really need that when discussing Hunky Dory? ‘Bowie’s best album’ wouldn’t begin to cover it.