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The Next Day

David Bowie

The Next Day

LabelSony Music
VertriebSony Music
VÖ-Datum8.3.2013

Es war eine echte Sensation, als sich Anfang diesen Jahres David Bowie quasi aus dem Nichts zurückmeldete und an seinem Geburtstag, am achten Januar, nicht nur das Erscheinen einer neuen Single bekannt gab, sondern gleichzeitig auch ein komplett neues Album in Aussicht stellte. Zehn Jahre waren seit seinem letzten Album Reality vergangen mit dem uns der legendäre Künstler in steter Ungewissheit ließ, ob wir noch jemals etwas Neues hören sollten. Und jetzt das: David Bowie ist mit einem Paukenschlag zurück. Euphorie allerorts.

Unter den allseitigen Jubel mischte sich sogleich die Frage wie es Bowie hat schaffen können über zwei Jahre, die seit dem Beginn zur Arbeit des neuen Albums vergangen sind,  absolutes Stillschweigen über das neue Projekt zu bewahren. Die Antwort ist wohl, dass Bowie es einfach versteht, selber uneingeschränkte Kontrolle auszuüben und sehr loyale Mitstreiter hat. Einer davon ist sicherlich Co-Produzent Tony Visconti, mit dem David Bowie auch bereits in den 1970er Jahren zusammengearbeitet hatte - unter anderem auch an dem legendären Album Heroes.

Dass Bowie genau dieses Heroes-Cover für sein neuestes Werk verwendet, den Titel durchstreicht und sein Abbild selbst mit einem weißen Sticker überklebt auf dem der neue Albumtitel The Next Day zu lesen ist, schafft Raum für Spekulationen. Ist das eine also Verabschiedung - oder gar eine Distanzierung - von der Zeit um 1977, die auch besonders durch Bowies Aufenthalt in Berlin geprägt war?

Nach der ersten Single ist das kaum anzunehmen, denn Where Are We Now basiert geradezu auf Zitaten und Eindrücken, die aus genau jener Phase stammen. Und auch wenn diese Nummer, wenn man dann das ganze Album betrachtet, musikalisch ein wenig auf die falsche Fährte lockt, wird niemand mehr auf diese Idee kommen. The Next Day ist weder Abkehr noch Surrogat vom bisherigen Schaffen - es ist Bowie in Essenz. Das Einzige, was fehlt, ist eine Rolle, in die der Brite früher chamäleonartig geschlüpft ist. Auf The Next Day ist Bowie einfach Bowie und - so scheint es - ganz bei sich angekommen.

Vertraut und neu zugleich, mit durchweg eher tiefer - und bisweilen zerbrechlicher - Stimme, präsentiert Bowie auf The Next Day 14 Songs, die zwischen alternativem Rock und Pop zu pendeln scheinen. Entfernt von Ambitionen, nach Avantgarde klingen zu wollen, schafft er es, jedem einzelnen Track aber das Besondere mit auf den Weg zu geben, so wie sie eben wohl nur Bowie machen und klingen lassen kann. Dass sich dabei Hinweise auf sein bisheriges Schaffen ergeben, ist nicht ganz von der Hand zu weisen. Das liegt jedoch eher an der Herangehensweise des Künstlers an seine Musik und ist keinesfalls farbloses oder selbstverliebtes Rezitieren der eigenen Vergangenheit. Und gesichtslos - so wie man es anhand des Covers auch interpretieren könnte - ist es auch nicht. Nur gewinnt die Musik eben nicht mehr durch die Unterstützung einer Kunstfigur ihr Gesicht, sie schöpft die Identität aus sich heraus. Wer das versteht, wird feststellen können, dass David Bowie mit The Next Day ein deutlich überdurchschnittliches Album abgeliefert hat.

 

Tracklist:
  1. The Next Day
  2. Dirty Boys
  3. The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
  4. Love Is Lost
  5. Where Are We Now?
  6. Valentine's Day
  7. If You Can See Me
  8. I'd Rather Be High
  9. Boss Of Me
  10. Dancing Out In Space
  11. Apache
  12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire
  13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
  14. Heat
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