New Music Friday: David Bowie Gets Weird with ‘Blackstar’

Today is David Bowie’s 69th birthday, and to celebrate the iconic singer’s giving everyone the greatest present of all — a brand new album.

Titled ★ (pronounced ‘Blackstar’), the album’s already garnering rave reviews for it’s artistic, surreal tracks. As Rolling Stone critic David Fricke notes, the album is, “one of the most aggressively experimental records the singer has ever made,” particularly notable considering Bowie’s already known for his outside-the-box art. The singer recorded the album with a small New York City jazz combo, then layered electronic elements over their recordings, providing a unique, at times eery sound.

Fans got their first taste of the album back in November, when David Bowie released the video for the title track, which took the form of a 10-minute long experimental film. And yesterday, Bowie released the video for his second single off the album, “Lazarus,” with another suitably strange video filled with dreamy saxophone. Blackstar might not be to everyone’s taste, but the sheer fact that this is a new David Bowie album makes it worth at least a listen. Bowie’s been a living legend in the music industry for years, and the fact that he’s still creating new, innovative music is truly astounding.

Do you plan on checking out Blackstar? Does Bowie’s surreal sound work for the album? Or should he go back to a more pop-friendly style? Let us know in the comments below.