By Ken Tucker
Updated April 16, 1993 at 04:00 AM EDT

Over the years, David Bowie has assumed many musical personae — glam-rocker Ziggy Stardust, disco-rocker The Thin White Duke, regular-joe hard-rocker as lead singer of Tin Machine. On the stultifying yet annoying Black Tie White Noise, he seems to be trying out a new one: nonrocking Smug Dullard. Working once again with producer Nile Rodgers, Bowie essays endless, listless dance grooves, moaning tiredly over frilly ornamentation such as Lester Bowie’s bleating jazz horn-playing. There are exactly two good songs: the dreamy ”Miracle Goodnight” and a witty cover of Morrissey’s ”I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday.” Throughout, Bowie sounds knowing, glum, and — above all — hipper than thee and me. So instead of ”Black Tie,” buy the CD of 1976’s ”Station to Station,” on which he really was. D