Heathen

~ Release group by David Bowie

Album

ReleaseArtistFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
HeathenDavid BowieCD13
  • JP2002-06-05
Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.)SICP-1554547366005332
HeathenDavid Bowie2×CD13 + 4
  • JP2002-06-05
Sony Music Japan International Inc. (Do not use as a label, see the annotation.)SICP-153, SICP-1544547366005349
HeathenDavid Bowie2×CD12 + 4
  • DE2002-06-10
  • GB2002-06-10
  • XE2002-06
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)508222 95099750822296
HeathenDavid BowieCopy Control CD12
  • GB2002-06-11
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), ISO Records508222 2, 5082222000, COL 508222 25099750822227
HeathenDavid BowieEnhanced CD12
  • US2002-06-11
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), ISO RecordsCK 86630696998663022
HeathenDavid Bowie2×CD12 + 4
  • US2002-11-12
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), ISO RecordsCK 86656696998665620
HeathenDavid BowieSACD (2 channels) + SACD (multichannel)16 + 16
  • US2002-12-10
ISO RecordsCS 86630696998663060
HeathenDavid Bowie2×CD12 + 4
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)50822250009399700102475
HeathenDavid BowieCD12
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)CK 86630696998663022
HeathenDavid Bowie12" Vinyl12
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)508222 15099750822210
HeathenDavid Bowie(unknown)12
HeathenDavid BowieCD12
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)50822220009399700101102
Heathen (limited vinyl edition)David Bowie12" Vinyl12
ISO RecordsC 36630696998663015
HeathenDavid BowieEnhanced CD12
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), ISO RecordsCK 86630886972379722
HeathenDavid BowieCD12
  • -2002
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)508222.24893391085826
HeathenDavid Bowie2×CD12 + 10
  • JP2007-06-06
Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint)MHCP-1346, MHCP-13474582192934623
HeathenDavid BowieBlu-spec CD13
  • JP2013-03-27
Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint)SICP 301544547366192971
Heathen (180g)David Bowie12" Vinyl12
Friday MusicFRM-86630829421866305
Heathen (2017 “We Are Vinyl” 180 gram reissue)David Bowie12" Vinyl12
Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP), ISO Records88985380231889853802319
HeathenDavid BowieDigital Media12Columbia (imprint owned by CBS between 1938–1990 within US/CA/MX; owned worldwide by Sony Music Entertainment since 1991 except in JP)[none]
HeathenDavid BowieDigital Media12ISO Records[none]

Relationships

included in:Outside / Earthling / Hours / Heathen / Reality
part of:Albums “disques d’or” (number: le 2002-11-05, après 4 mois) (order: 3)
Mercury Prize shortlist nominees (number: 2002) (order: 120)
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/49879 [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/95cz [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000222046 [info]
Wikidata:Q1753566 [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...