This week, we sadly lost David Bowie, one of the most influential artists ever. A number of his greatest hits like Heroes and Starman returned to the charts this week, as well as two brand new songs from his final ever album.
96 – Me, Myself & I by G-Eazy ft. Bebe Rexha
The fuzzy opening of this track is great. Bebe Rexha is better than she has been on recent tracks and G-Eazy easily delivers one of his best verses on the first verse. The production works for the darker nature of G-Eazy’s voice. My main problem with this song is that G-Eazy sounds like Drake on this track, and not in a good way. His flow is far too similar to that on Started from the Bottom. Bebe Rexha’s post-chorus is also an issue; I just found it a bit irritating after a while. The song continues in this vein, and while it isn’t bad, I think there are some things that could have used some work.
82 – Reaper by Sia
Sia’s latest single doesn’t have the bombast of tracks like Elastic Heart and Chandelier. The clap percussion and laid-back beat are a nice fit for a more subdued Sia. The lyrics seem particularly poignant as they focus on avoiding disappointment late in life, before death comes to get you. If this is the direction that Sia wants to go in, I look forward to it.
61 – Blackstar by David Bowie
So, this is one of the last songs we will get from David Bowie. Blackstar is an odd song, but at the same time it is something eerily brilliant. Everything that we have come to expect from Bowie is thrown out the window, yet it still feels like his work. The dark production underneath the eerie vocals sound as if it is a voice from beyond the grave, which in a way it truly is. The saxophone is a particular highlight of this track giving it a more experimental jazz feeling. The second half is a more traditional rock song, but still shows what Bowie could do. Blackstar doesn’t come close to my favourite Bowie songs (my fave is probably The Man That Stole The World) but it is still damn good.
45 – Lazarus by David Bowie
This song again shows Bowie’s late experimentation with jazz. The lyrics, dealing with his own mortality (the first line is “Look at me, I’m in heaven”) are so hard to listen to, yet Bowie pulls you in with each line. The distorted guitar and saxophone add to this feeling of an otherworldly quality. It is truly heart-breaking music but it is utterly brilliant.
Best of the Week
Lazarus by David Bowie
Worth a Listen
Reaper by Sia
Blackstar by David Bowie
Wouldn’t Turn Off
Me, Myself & I by G-Eazy ft. Bebe Rexha