On Second Thought
David Bowie - Station to Station

By: Ian Mathers

Posted 04/14/2004 - 10:50:28 AM by BryanNeil:
 The first two tracks are brilliant. The rest verge on being unlistenably bad. I will agree that the whole affair has a bizarre, inhuman, hyperreality about. The pop music equivalent of David Lynch's DUNE. But like that film, if Station to Station deserves to be canonized at all, it should be canonized as mutated artistic failure.
Posted 04/14/2004 - 04:56:00 PM by IanMathers:
 Really? I can understand someone only liking "Golden Years" (as that's the big pop hit single), and I can understand someone disliking everything on STS, and I can of course understand those who love the album. But I can't understand liking some of the non-"Golden Years" tracks and not others, as to me they seem so of a piece
Posted 04/15/2004 - 04:22:13 AM by ESeguy:
 This is one of the best albums of all time.
Posted 04/15/2004 - 11:46:48 AM by seville:
 Bryan, while I can dig your DUNE comparison, it's hard for me to fathom anyone finding "Stay" or "Word on a Wing" "unlistenably bad." I consider both to be among Bowie's finest vocal performances. His phrasing has never been more musically unhinged. Although it's not necessarily my favorite Bowie record, it's the one you'd most likely catch me (attempting to) sing in the car, stuck in traffic.
Posted 04/15/2004 - 03:09:19 PM by BryanNeil:
 "Musically unhinged" translates to "cringe worthy" in my book.
Posted 04/15/2004 - 03:29:57 PM by seville:
 By "musically unhinged", I meant "unhinged, yet musical" but fair enough. I just hope you never pass me open-windowed in a traffic jam! Peace.
Posted 08/15/2004 - 04:43:00 PM by OakeyBoy:
 STS is the only Bowie album on which all songs are excellent, divine, great etc. The Beatles have their dull and dated "masterpiece" Sgt. Pepper, easy listening music for grandparents, Bowie has Station to Station. This truly is THE best album ever.