The Next Day

~ Release group by David Bowie

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
The Next Day CD 17 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 887654619228
The Next Day (deluxe edition) CD 17 ISO Records 88765 46192 2 887654747426
The Next Day (Amazon) Digital Media 17 ISO Records [none]
The Next Day CD 14 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), ISO Records 88765 46186 2 887654618627
The Next Day (deluxe edition) CD 17 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), ISO Records 88765 46192 2 887654619228
The Next Day (deluxe edition) CD 17 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), ISO Records 88765 46192 2 887654619228
The Next Day CD 14 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), ISO Records 88765 46186 2 887654618627
The Next Day (deluxe edition) CD 17 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), ISO Records 88765 46192 2 887654619228
The Next Day (deluxe edition) Digital Media 17 ISO Records [none]
The Next Day Digital Media 14 ISO Records [none]
The Next Day (BSCD2 デラックス・エディション 完全生産限定盤) Blu-spec CD 18 Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint), ISO Records SICP-30127 4547366192674
The Next Day (通常盤) CD 15 Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint) SICP-3788 4547366192681
The Next Day (初回限定盤) CD 15 Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint) SICP-3788 4547366192681
The Next Day Extra 2×CD + DVD-Video 14 + 10 + 4 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), ISO Records, Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified) 88883787812, CK1-378781, CK2-378781, CVD-378781 888837878128
The Next Day (Extra) 2×Blu-spec CD + DVD-Video 14 + 10 + 4 Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint), ISO Records SICP-30411, SICP-30412, SICP-30413 4547366207019
The Next Day 2×12" Vinyl 8 + 9 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), ISO Records, Sony Music (global brand, excluding JP, owned by Sony Music Entertainment; for use as release label only when no sub-label/imprint is specified) 88765461861 887654618610
The Next Day (Extra) Digital Media 24 ISO Records
(unknown)
The Next Day 2×CD 15 + 10

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: The Next Day
The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Valentine’s Day
Where Are We Now?
part of: Albums “disques de platine” (number: le 2013-12-23, après 5 jours)
Albums “disques d’or” (number: le 2013-18-23, après 5 jours)
Mercury Prize shortlist nominees (number: 2013)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0002477437 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/530238 [info]
Wikidata: Q2783079 [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/david-bowie/the-next-day/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/rnpn [info]

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Even after 10 years away from the spotlight, David Bowie - pop's most important post-Beatles innovator - still commands unrivalled levels of fascination.

Just when it seemed that he had slipped into a dignified retirement, which no one would have begrudged, the world awoke one morning in January to the remarkable news of not only a single, Where Are We Now?, available immediately, but also this album.

In the context of the album, Where Are We Now? - a moving, backwards glance at The Berlin Years - seems a slight red herring. Bowie does consider the past, ageing, mortality: on the title track's chant of "My body left to rot in a hollow tree" and I'd Rather Be High's stumbling "to the graveyard".

How Does the Grass Grow? poses the question, "Would you still love me if the clocks could go backwards?" (You Will) Set the World on Fire seemingly addresses his pre-stardom self, a You Really Got Me riff and slick confidence reminding us that he's always had "what it takes". This elegiac nostalgia is matched by the beautiful You Feel So Lonely You Could Die.

A complex mood pervades elsewhere, a sense of things gone awry. The nicely sinister Dirty Boys' expressive, serious vocal depicts a skewed Englishness of cricket bats, "Finchley Fair" and running "with dirty boys".

The Stars (Are Out Tonight) sees those stars (a recurring theme) anthropomorphised: "sexless and unaroused", unsettlingly "beaming like blackened sunshine".

The most experimental cut, If You Can See Me, proclaims - amidst spacey, tumbling rhythms and scattered jumbles of notes and words - "I will slaughter your kind".

Love Is Lost makes youth seem ominous - newness abounds but still "your fear is old". Clearly this is no elder statesman simply wistfully gazing into a dappled, romanticised past.

Valentine's Day and I'd Rather Be High are further standouts - the former is a mid-paced depiction of a character with a "tiny face" and "scrawny hands"; the latter, a furious anti-war song.

The closer, Heat, is a brilliant example of what makes our finest, bravest musician of the past 40 years so irreplaceable. It's full of spaced-out vocals, ominous noises and bangs, keening strings and disturbing, impressionistic poetry.

With all the opacity and lack of easy answers that you would hope for from this most stylish and creative of artists, this is a triumphant, almost defiant, return. Innovative, dark, bold and creative, it's an album only David Bowie could make.