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Outside

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Outside

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
David Bowie
Producers:
Virgin

We gave it a B-

Bowie’s latest attempt to jolt his moribund career is a reunion with Heroes-era collaborator Brian Eno. The duo couldn’t be content with a simple group of songs, though. Outside is a convoluted concept about the hunt for a teenage girl’s killer, set at the millennium. Eno returns the dark, fringy clatter to Bowie’s music, and Bowie responds with several compelling melodies. But mostly Outside sounds like fodder for an industrial-music Broadway show based on Blade Runner, complete with spoken-word recitals and stiff theatrical singing. Maybe we’ll have to see it (on tour with Nine Inch Nails, a patently calculated Bowie move) to appreciate it. B-

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