David Bowie immortalizes his final farewell
Although the fire of David Bowieâ€™s life has mournfully passed away, the sparks from his new album â€śBlackstarâ€ť shine brighter than ever.
The album topped the billboard within a week in both the United States and United Kingdom. Released just two days prior to Bowieâ€™s passing, â€śBlackstarâ€ť serves as a perfect example of the time-worn artistâ€™s ingenuity and complexity.
The first song, â€śBlackstar,â€ť begins with a chilling, unsettling beat. Bowieâ€™s shaky voice evokes a sense of insanity and insecurity and sounds as if it is coming straight from the throats of the mentally deranged. Yet, hidden beneath his voice is a plea for mercy from the grasp of death. The supplemental music video is hypnotic–the ten surreal minutes of seizure-like dancing, convulsing scarecrows and women performing rituals with a gemmed skull truly bring the song to life.
â€śLazarus,â€ť the second track in the album, serves as a continuation of the symbolic story told in â€śBlackstar.â€ť The song begins with the gentle strumming of the guitar and shifts towards jazzy, spirited riffs. Bowieâ€™s voice brims with emotion in â€śLazarus,â€ť and his rough vocals express uncertainty and sorrow as his face contorts in anguish.
â€śBlackstarâ€ť and â€śLazarusâ€ť express the emotional stress of death Bowie himself endured months prior to his passing. The first song symbolizes Bowieâ€™s last wish to carry on his legacy after death before he succumbs to paranoia. In the next song, Bowie lies waiting on a hospital bed as an elderly woman, who represents his imminent doom, gradually reaches out to him.
Every song in the album is a masterpiece on its own; each has a story to tell and an enigma to decipher. With its progressive and experimental rock origins, â€śSueâ€ť is another song that tells a story about Bowieâ€™s mistakes in his life. â€śDollar Daysâ€ť begins with a smooth, jazzy saxophone intro that is followed by Bowieâ€™s passionate, fluid voice about the â€śdyingâ€ť days to come.
The final song, â€śI Canâ€™t Give Everything Away,â€ť packs an especially emotional punch. The song sounds more upbeat and thrilling, but the lyrics make it a definite tearjerker for long-time fans. In his raspy and Sinatra-inspired voice, Bowie claims that he â€ścanâ€™t give everything awayâ€ť as a last goodbye.
If Bowieâ€™s intention behind this album was to leave one ultimate impression, he definitely left a memorable one. David Bowieâ€™s â€śBlackstarâ€ť will leave any audience in awe. It inspires all to discover his complexity and dig deeper into his imaginative works. Without a doubt, â€śBlackstarâ€ť serves beautifully as the haunting, final legacy of David Bowieâ€™s astounding career.
By Richard Zhang, Staff writer
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