Trending
MOST READ
Best Vietnamese Restaurant

Best Vietnamese Restaurant

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013

Best Spa

Best of 2013: 4/24/2013
2060: SA looks forward, protects drinking water

2060: SA looks forward, protects drinking water

News: In just 14 years, the City of San Antonio has purchased 125,712 conservation acres over the Edwards Aquifer... By Mark Reagan 9/17/2014
Lost Bar Nails Drunk Food, Sports Bar Vibe

Lost Bar Nails Drunk Food, Sports Bar Vibe

Food & Drink: Much like the cookie-cutter houses that fill the North Side, (most) bars outside of 1604, hell outside 410, tend to have... By Jessica Elizarraras 9/17/2014

Best Place to Get High in Public

Around Town: Critic's Pick: 4/23/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Aural Pleasure Review

David Bowie: 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars'

Photo: , License: N/A


"We've got five years." With that haunting refrain, a young David Bowie sets the scene — and the world-ending stakes — for his conceptual rock fantasy. Epic in scope and reeling with vivid imagery, Ziggy is still powerful — and fun — 40 years after he inspired kids everywhere to go glam. This new remaster adds spectacular clarity and depth to the mix — like watching a favorite movie on Blu-ray for the first time. Originally envisioned as one part of a multimedia story about the titular space-rock prophet, Ziggy sounds like a soundtrack to a movie never filmed, but is far from feeling incomplete. In fact, the music gains power from letting the listener fill in the blanks on their own (or with the aid of psychotropic drugs). Like in a one-man off-Broadway show, Bowie effortlessly slides into the voices (and occasional spandex catsuit) of the characters in his story. There's the lonely, lovesick narrator of "Soul Love," the wide-eyed kid learning about the "Starman" who will save the planet, the captivated audience member at Ziggy's live show ("Lady Stardust"), Ziggy and his Spiders From Mars mixing in some sex and drugs with their rock 'n' roll ("Hang on to Yourself," "Suffragette City"), and finally Ziggy's own demise in "Rock 'n' Roll Suicide." (In a Rolling Stone interview, Bowie explained that Ziggy is torn to pieces by anti-matter black-hole jumpers called infinites who land in Greenwich Village and need Ziggy's "elements" to become corporeal. Or something.) OK, so the story of Ziggy Stardust might be too "far out" by today's standards, but the message of hope that cuts through the album still resonates, and the music is still fun and furious. Ziggy is wonderful; give him your hands.

★★★★★ (out of 5 stars)

Recently in Music
  • The Permanent Gangsta Status of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy Prodigy, better known to ’90s rap aficionados as the prodigious half of Queensbridge duo Mobb Deep, has made a successful career operating on... | 9/17/2014
  • Our Picks for the 31st Annual Jazz’SAlive Eddie Palmieri: 9:30pm Saturday. Jazz’SAlive has traditionally made sure to clear at least one headlining space for Latin jazz... | 9/17/2014
  • Loudon Wainwright Hasn’t Got the Blues (Yet) Emerging with his eponymous debut in 1970, singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III found himself lumped along with fellow post-Dylan folk-revivalists Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens and Randy Newman. But where those contemporaries relied on abstract imagery or p | 9/17/2014
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus