Monday, September 5, 2022

David Bowie, Hunky Dory (1971)

Is this my favorite Bowie? Yes, I think this is my favorite Bowie.

The album is so full of exuberance. (When was the last time you heard that word, huh?) The music here has you feeling like everything really is hunky dory.

Let's peep the track list. Here's a sampling of bangers: "Changes," "Oh! You Pretty Things," "Life on Mars?" Any one of these songs would be included among his greatest hits.

Most of the songs on the album are incredibly stripped-down, mostly piano, sometimes some light electric guitar but mostly undistorted. Otherwise, we hear acoustic guitar. Not that there aren't some occasional flourishes.

This album feels like the moment when Bowie turned the corner into genius. No bull.


  1. 1971. The magic year.

  2. John Prine self titled
    Little feat self titled
    Rolling Stones sticky fingers
    Led Zeppelin IV
    Allman Bros live at Fillmore East
    And many more….

  3. Koogle (Korean google) it man. It’s pretty wild all the great music that came out that year. I think 1969-1974 was the best period for music ever (the music I like, obviously). Everything before that kinda stayed in its own silo, but with the early 70’s came this meshing of styles. It became hip to play bluegrass electric, rock n roll could sound like funk, country music was folk story telling.

    And to top all that off, the electric guitar and associated effects started to bloom into the beautiful beast it is today! Long live overdrive and delay!