- 28 Aug 01
Drawing heavily on his Berlin, post Thin White Duke period and the albums Heroes and Low in particular, All Saints is something of a mixed bag.
Originally compiled by Bowie himself back in 1993 – as a Christmas present for his close friends – this collection of instrumentals finally receives a full release, with the addition of a couple of extra tracks.
Drawing heavily on his Berlin, post Thin White Duke period and the albums Heroes and Low in particular, All Saints is something of a mixed bag. It starts out magnificently with ‘A New Career In A New Town’ (clearly an influence on New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ which it predates by a good six years). Not unlike the more familiar ‘Sound & Vision’ from the same album, the contrasting metronomic beats, garage band guitars and bluesy harmonica works surprisingly well.
Also from Low the bleak foreboding textures of ‘Warzawa’ paint a grim aural picture of the Polish capital as Bowie intended while on ‘Weeping Wall’ a Philip Glass inspired piece, Bowie plays all of the instrumentation including vibraphone and xylophone.