"Best since Scary Monsters" has been as overused in Bowie criticism as "Best since Blood On The Tracks" has been for Dylan.
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Its one of my biggest peeves in critical-dom. It perpetuates this snobbish idea of a "golden age" and how the conveniently latest album is a throwback to that. We don't talk like this about great directors, yet we do for pop stars. Lazy. It inadvertedly also trivializes the artists' more recent work.
I liked HEATHEN, but I just don't think I can share the love some of you folks are showing. Better than SCARY MONSTERS? Can't go there, sorry. Reminds me of Prince fans who gush over THE RAINBOW CHILDREN, an album that I didn't care much for.
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Er, I'm pretty sure I've seen that thrown around quite a bit with directors, RRA, but yeah - it's kind of a lame criticism. Whatever!
I listened to "Heroes" right before giving this another listen yesterday and I actually like it quite a bit more than I did initially. It's still a tad over long and can get a little tedious, but it's definitely a solid album.