On this, the occasion of his 66th birthday, David Bowie chose to drop the cake directly in our laps...Do Not Pass Go, and Don't Even Think About Those Two Benjamins..."Where Are We Now" appeared entirely without warning this morning, and the reception it's gotten on its viral trip thus far is heartening, to say the least. Working again with Tony Visconti, it's an understated gem, and whets the interest for The Next Day, the full-length release in March.
An acquaintance with his Berlin-era works is the key to fully appreciating this. In some eyes, the Berlin Trilogy of Heroes, Low, and Lodger are considered his high-water mark in a career of high-water marks. I giggle to think of today's auto-tuned art-pop wannabees, wondering to themselves just how he makes it look so damned easy.