Review: Scary Monsters

Billboard

20th September 1980

Though the LP begins with a song in Japanese, this should be the most accessible and commercially successful Bowie LP in year; Bowie has synthesized and made his own recent musical developments while at the same time recalling his own early ’70s man from outer space personna. Gone are the long dark electronic passages that have characterized recent Bowie LPs. They are replaced by short, comparitively uptempo tunes that are melodic though no less sophisticated. Helping out on guitars on many of the songs is Robert Flipp and Peter Townshend on “Because You’re Young.” Best cuts: “Ashes To Ashes,” “Scary Monsters,” “Scream Like A Baby,” “Because You’re Young,” “It’s No Game.”

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