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David Bowie’s Producer Talks About The New Album

January 9, 2013 | Posted by Joseph Lee

In an interview with the BBC (via NME), David Bowie’s producer Tony Visconti said that the new album is “a rock album” and that he was surprised the ballad-like song “Where Are We Now” was released first.

He said: “I think it’s a very reflective track for David. He certainly is looking back on his Berlin period and it evokes this feeling… it’s very melancholy, I think. It’s the only track on the album that goes this much inward for him. It’s quite a rock album, the rest of the songs, so I thought to myself why is David coming out with this very slow, albeit beautiful, ballad why is he doing this? He should come out with a bang. But he is a master of his own life. I think this was a very smart move, linking the past with the future, and I think the next thing you hear from him is going to be quite different.

I’ve been listening to this on headphones walking through the streets of New York for the past two years, and I have not tired of a single song. I think the material on this album is extremely strong and beautiful, and if people are looking for classic Bowie they’ll find it on this album, if they’re looking for innovative Bowie, new directions, they’re going to find that on this album too.

While he was speaking via Skype in New York, he also talked about the rumors about Bowie’s health. He said: “David is extremely healthy, he’s rosy-cheeked, he smiles a lot. During the recording he was smiling, he was so happy to be back in the studio. From the old days I recall that he was the loudest singer I’ve ever worked with. When he starts singing I’d have to back off, and go into another room and just leave him in front of a microphone, he still has that power in that chest and in his voice. We all know he had a health scare in 2003, 2004, but he’s a very healthy man I can assure you, I’ve been saying this for the past few years. I couldn’t explain why I know that, but I worked with a very healthy and happy David Bowie in the studio.

“The Next Day” will be released in the UK and other countries on March 11, Australia on March 8 and the US on March 12. The album’s standard edition has 14 songs and the deluxe edition has three extra tracks. Both are available for pre-order on iTunes.

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