Hunky Dory (2015)
After the freakish hard rock of ‘The Man Who Sold the World’, David Bowie returned to singer/songwriter territory on 1971’s ‘Hunky Dory’.
Not only did the album boast more folky songs but he again flirted with Anthony Newley-esque dancehall music, seemingly leaving heavy metal behind. As a result, ‘Hunky Dory’ is a kaleidoscopic array of pop styles, tied together only by Bowie's sense of vision: a sweeping, cinematic mélange of high & low art, ambiguous sexuality, kitsch & class. Mick Ronson's guitar is pushed to the back, leaving Rick Wakeman's cabaret piano to dominate the sound of the album. The subdued support accentuates the depth of Bowie's material, whether it's the revamped Tin Pan Alley of ‘Changes’, the Neil Young homage ‘Quicksand’, the soaring ‘Life on Mars?’, the rolling, vaguely homosexual anthem ‘Oh! You Pretty Things’ or the dark acoustic rocker ‘Andy Warhol’.