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Young Americans

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David Bowie 3/7/1975

Review

David Bowie had dropped hints during the Diamond Dogs tour that he was moving toward R&B, but the full-blown blue-eyed soul of Young Americans came as a shock. Surrounding himself with first-rate sessionmen, Bowie comes up with a set of songs that approximate the sound of Philly soul and disco, yet remain detached from their inspirations; even at his most passionate, Bowie sounds like a commentator, as if the entire album was a genre exercise. Nevertheless, the distance doesn't hurt the album -- it gives the record its own distinctive flavor, and its plastic, robotic soul helped inform generations of synthetic British soul. What does hurt the record is a lack of strong songwriting. "Young Americans" is a masterpiece, and "Fame" has a beat funky enough that James Brown ripped it off, but only a handful of cuts ("Win," "Fascination," "Somebody Up There Likes Me") comes close to matching their quality. As a result, Young Americans is more enjoyable as a stylistic adventure than as a substantive record. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Young Americans David Bowie 5:10
  3. 2 Win David Bowie 4:43
  4. 3 Fascination David Bowie 5:44
  5. 4 Right David Bowie 4:14
  6. 5 Somebody Up There Likes Me David Bowie 6:32
  7. 6 Across the Universe David Bowie 4:30
  8. 7 Can You Hear Me David Bowie 5:5
  9. 8 Fame David Bowie 4:16

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