Heathen

~ Release group by David Bowie

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Heathen CD 13 Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.) SICP-155 4547366005332
Heathen 2×CD 13 + 4 Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.) SICP-153, SICP-154 4547366005349
Heathen 2×CD 12 + 4 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 508222 9 5099750822296
Heathen CD 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 508222 2 5099750822227
Heathen 2×CD 12 + 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 CK 86656 696998665620
Heathen SACD 32 ISO Records CS 86630 696998663060
Heathen 2×CD 12 + 4 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 5082225000 9399700102475
Heathen CD 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) CK 86630 696998663022
Heathen 12" Vinyl 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 508222 1 5099750822210
Heathen (unknown) 12
Heathen CD 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 5082222000 9399700101102
Heathen (limited vinyl edition) 12" Vinyl 12 ISO Records C 36630 696998663015
Heathen Enhanced CD 12 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 CK 86630 696998663022
Heathen Enhanced CD 12 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 CK 86630 886972379722
Heathen CD 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) 508222.2 4893391085826
Heathen 2×CD 12 + 10 Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint) MHCP-1346, MHCP-1347 4582192934623
Heathen Blu-spec CD 13 Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint) SICP 30154 4547366192971
Heathen (180g) 12" Vinyl 12 Friday Music FRM-86630 829421866305
Heathen (2017 “We Are Vinyl” 180 gram reissue) 12" Vinyl 12 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 88985380231 889853802319
Heathen Digital Media 12 Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP) [none]
Heathen Digital Media 12 ISO Records [none]

Relationships

included in: Outside / Earthling / Hours / Heathen / Reality
part of: Albums “disques d’or” (number: le 2002-11-05, après 4 mois)
Mercury Prize shortlist nominees (number: 2002)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000222046 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/49879 [info]
Wikidata: Q1753566 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Heathen (David Bowie album) [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/95cz [info]

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Well, you've probably already read in the press of how Heathen is a return to form due to the reunion with the producer most closely linked to Bowie; Tony Visconti. Such idle banter holds no water in these parts. To put it bluntly, David Bowie's return to form began way back in about 1993 when he ditched faux rock band Tin Machine. Each album since has displayed the same eclectic, questing vibe that made him the world's favourite (and most commercial) art rocker back in the day. Heathen isn't a return to form. It's a continuation of all the marvellous things that we love about the man, and how many other 55 year-old rock stars can you say that about?

From the bubbling electronic undertow of the introduction to the first track "Sunday" one knows that this is sonically satisfying fare. Visconti's strengthisn't asmooth unifying approach that, say, Ken Scott brought to Hunky Dory, but an ability to stretch the artist and point them in new directions. As he said recently of guiding the mercurial Dame: "I'm one of the few people - possibly including Brian Eno - who can keep up with him, switch genres and roles very quickly. We have no holds barred."

Genres certainly get switched here. Comparisons are odious, but the aforementioned "Sunday" and "I Would Be Your Slave" exist in the wild melodramatic spaces that Scott Walker used to inhabit before he became so scary. Two cover versions; the Pixies' "Cactus" and Neil Young's lost classic "Ive Been Waiting For You" (with Foo Fighter Dave Grohl providing suitable six-stringed mayhem) both prove that DB's not losing his love of noise (or a good song). This is backed up by the first single "Slow Burn" which features some ridiculously truculent axe work from Pete Townshend. And that voice?...from emotive rumble to idiosyncratic yodel, the pipes are as distinctive as ever.

Moods also mix in varying degrees. "Slow Burn"s opening couplet: "Here shall we live in this terrible town, where the price for our eyes shall squeeze them tight like a fist" is incredibly forceful in its misery. However his follow-up to Hunky Dory's "Kooks", "Everyone Says Hi" is the chirpiest thing the man has done in years. In fact the overall feeling is of celebration and reconciliation despite the overall theme being that of the desolation of living in a Godless century. His shiny speed-thrill rendition of The Legendary Stardust Cowboy's "Gemini Spacecraft" is truly a return to the sci fi optimism of his earliest days.

With the man himself back in the UK soon to curate the Meltdown Festival on London's South Bank, dusting off the stage threads once more, and with Ziggy celebrating its 30th anniversary, this couldn't be a more serendipitous release. It bursts with a positively rude health. Everyone has at least one Bowie album they hold dear to their hearts. Who knows? This could be the one for you...