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★ is David Bowie’s 28th album.
Spring 2015 brought the announcement of the off Broadway theatre production Lazarus, a collaboration between Bowie and renowned playwright Enda Walsh, to be directed by Ivo Van Hove. Lazarus is inspired by the novel The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis, and centers on the character of Thomas Newton, famously portrayed by Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation. It will feature new Bowie songs alongside fresh arrangements of music from his back catalogue.
On October 6, 2015, an excerpt of Blackstar, a brand new original Bowie track, was revealed in the opening credits of The Last Panthers, a major new crime drama premiering across Europe on Sky Atlantic on November 12th.
On October 25 it was confirmed that Blackstar would be the title of both the forthcoming single and album from David Bowie. The single will be released on November 20th and the album will follow on David’s birthday, January 8th 2016.
Throughout his 50-year career, David Bowie’s work has always surprised, captivated and exhilarated. 2016 will be no exception.
David says: Throughout his career David Bowie has died many deaths, only to rise again from the ashes of his former self, reincarnate and rejuvenated.
On ‘Blackstar’ we find him at his most obtuse but still brilliant. After three lost decades it’s easily his best album since the heyday of the Thin White Duke. It really is remarkable that after so much time spent at the wheel he’s been able to produce something so vital and NECESSARY.
It’s a record that’s gained poignancy since its release of course and as a fan, it can be a difficult listen. There are signposts throughout to suggest that he was, at the very least, aware that he might not be making many more records.
He may be gone but, like Lazarus before him, has risen again and endures through his music, so, thanks for all the good times David, they will never rot.