The Rise and Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (2015)
Borrowing heavily from Marc Bolan's glam rock & the future shock of ‘A Clockwork Orange’, David Bowie reached back to the heavy rock of ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ for ‘Ziggy’.
Fleshing out the off-kilter metallic mix with fatter guitars, genuine pop songs, string sections, keyboards, and a cinematic flourish, ‘Ziggy Stardust’ is a glitzy array of riffs, hooks, melodrama & style & the logical culmination of glam. Mick Ronson plays with a maverick flair that invigorates rockers like ‘Suffragette City’, ‘Moonage Daydream’ & ‘Hang Onto Yourself’, while ‘Lady Stardust’, ‘Five Years’ & ‘Rock 'n' Roll Suicide’ have a grand sense of staged drama previously unheard of in rock & roll. ‘Ziggy Stardust’ - familiar in structure, but alien in performance - is the first time his vision & execution met in such a grand, sweeping fashion.