Review: David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)


David Bowie - The Stars (Are Out Tonight) - Powered by an upbeat drum pattern, an accoustic guitar part and crackly, fuzzbox lead guitars, ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’ is vintage Bowie.

Like previous single, ‘Where Are We Now?’, the track picks up exactly where Bowie left off in 2003 with the ‘Reality’ project. Played back to back with his most recent albums, these two new songs don’t neccessarily offer anything new, but this second single at least shows that ol’ Davey Jones is still capable of having fun.

The lyrics, fantastical as ever, will be poured upon at length for years to come, and at first glance seem to discuss the trappings of fame and a hope for immortality. With an enormous legacy to live up to, ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’ is hardly going to rival the outright classics in Bowie’s back catalogue, but this will certainly please the faithful all the same, and like all the great Bowie songs, it grows on you with every listen.

As the song itself says: “We will never be rid of these stars/But I hope they live forever”. With Bowie, there’s no doubt that his music will be near immortal.


About Paul Holmes

Editor of The Velvet Onion since 2010, I also work in arts marketing and digital content producing, writer for a few things, listen to a lot of vinyl and watch lots and lots of Doctor Who.

Posted on February 27, 2013, in Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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