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12.03.2015

Number 3 Top 10 Most Inspirational Albums

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Sam Burnett

3 Hunky Dory

Number three on our list is David Bowie’s 1971 classic Hunky Dory. The genius of this album, consists of the array of musical genres present throughout the album. Only an artist like Bowie with his genius knowledge of sweeping melodic changes, exploration of class and sexuality as well as liberation through Art could explore.

Looking at the track listing on this record, every song is a household name; “Changes”, “Life On Mars” “Oh You Pretty Thing” to name a few!

Everyone reading this blog will have an opinion on his or her favorite Bowie track. However few could argue the un-rivaled genius that this track above all holds.
The chord changes focuses on the counterpoint technique, used by artists such as Beethoven. This allows Bowie to explore chords in a way that classical pianists do. The genius in this is that Bowie explores a classical theme whilst writing a contemporary track.

Lyrically and musically this album was released way ahead of its time. This is backed up by the album’s initial flop on the charts in December 1971 after it’s release. None of the tracks on this album made it to number 1 on the singles charts, whilst the album peaked at 92 in the USA. However, Bowie claimed this album to be his greatest work and in the years to come the listeners would agree with the album going platinum in 1982.

The inclusion of this album on this list is not only the sheer amount of genres that the album covers, but also the longevity in which the album has lasted. Changes was a feature song in “Shrek”, as well as the popular television show “Life On Mars: taking it’s title and soundtrack to the album, as well as exploring similar ideas through television that Bowie explores through this album.

David Bowie albums often go un-heard by many people as the next generations of music fans come through. However as a musician I can say that this man should be held in the same light as our all time great musicians, and as Paul and John had Revolver and the White Album, Bowie had Ziggy Stardust and the brilliant Hunky Dory.

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