Aladdin Sane (2015 remaster)
1973’s ‘Aladdin Sane’ essentially follows the pattern of ‘Ziggy Stardust’'s hard-rocking glam blueprint.
A lighter affair than ‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘Aladdin Sane’ is actually a stranger album than its predecessor, buoyed by lounge-jazz flourishes from pianist Mick Garson & a handful of winding, experimental songs. Bowie abandons his futuristic obsessions to concentrate on the detached cool of New York & London hipsters, as on the compressed rockers ‘Watch That Man’, ‘Cracked Actor’ & ‘The Jean Genie’. Bowie follows the hard stuff with the jazzy, dissonant sprawls of ‘Lady Grinning Soul’, ‘Aladdin Sane’ & ‘Time’, all of which manage to be both campy & avant-garde simultaneously, while the sweepingly cinematic ‘Drive-In Saturday’ is a soaring fusion of sci-fi doo wop & melodramatic teenage glam.