At the year’s beginning, David Bowie made a whole lot of people happy by announcing the imminent release of The Next Day, his first studio album in a decade. We’ve already posted the early tracks “Where Are We Now?” and “The Stars (Are Out Tonight).” Now, a week and a half before the album drops, we can listen to the whole thing online, and you should get ready to be surprised. On first listen, it’s a deeply impressive and committed album, with more of the cold, dry precision of Bowie’s Berlin trilogy than we could reasonably expect the man to muster at this late stage. Listen to it at iTunes.
The Next Day is out 3/12 on Columbia.