What does it sound like?:
David Bowie emerged from the eighties a rich man but in the wilderness as an artist. A period of relative anonymity as a band member of Tin Machine, and the sense that the Sound + Vision tour effectively retired his back catalogue, suggest the move was deliberate. There was a part of Brit Pop that was influenced by seventies Bowie but very few of the younger acts and music journalists seemed familiar with his work. The result was that he could spend the nineties enjoying writing and recording music without having to consider the needs of a commercial or a critical audience.
Nile Rodgers still hoped to make a hit but Bowie preferred to create a playlist about himself and his new wife, a jazz-influenced, club-ready sequence of tracks to start their own private party. He always wanted to be a saxophonist in a jazz quartet and on Black Tie White Noise he almost realises his dream. The album is a kind of Acid Jazz, a genre that enjoyed a commercial breakthrough in the early nineties. Lester Bowie, a jazz trumpeter of real class, had the good grace to allow David the space » Continue Reading.