David Bowie Albums, Ranked

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I’m doing this. I’m ranking every David Bowie album.

This list is not ranked by historical importance or designed to guide a new listener through his vast discography. This is simply a list of every major album David Bowie released in order from worst to best. While I don’t believe he made any truly bad albums, he certainly had a range of quality to his recordings. I’m skipping the covers album, the soundtracks, and the Tin Machine stuff. This is pure Bowie, no filler.

I’ve seen other lists out there and I almost always disagree with their top picks. They’re always too safe, too obvious, compromised by committee. This list is an unvarnished look at one passionate fan’s embrace of the entire catalogue and will probably bring some surprise. If you’re curious to learn more about Bowie’s impact on my life, check out David Bowie Is Dead // This Is What He Means To Me.

I know that no two David Bowie fans are the same and that most people will disagree with my rankings. That’s part of his magic. In that spirit, I welcome all comments and suggestions, so share away. I had fun making this, and I hope you have fun reading it.

Let’s get on with the list:

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R23X – VELTAHL

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R23X  is about to make a much larger name for himself in the nebulous sound world curated by the Dream Catalogue label. VELTAHL is a striking moment of clarity sustained over 20 tracks of kaleidoscopic digital fantasia. It’s an explosion of crystalline tones and warped samples, adventure music for kids who grew up on pixelated visions of the future.

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Ireland

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Giant’s Causeway

I’m leaving the country for a bit. I promise it’s not because of the election. I’m just lucky, I suppose. I’m going to be in Ireland.

I probably won’t be able to post much, but I’ll be writing the whole time. I seem to write more when I’m away from the internet. But maybe it just feels like it.

The last time I left the country, I spent the flight back home writing about what David Bowie means to me. I’d just heard that he died and spent breakfast on the verge of tears before having to get on a plane. It felt like an appropriately cold reintroduction to my home.

This time, I’m hoping for a little less turbulence. If things take a turn for the worse, maybe Ireland will let me stay. Either way, I’ll be writing again soon. In the meantime, I’ll probably update on Twitter or Facebook.

Bye for now!

Marielle V Jakobsons – Star Core

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Marielle V Jakobsons is back with a second full length album under her real name. It’s called Star Core. It’s both sharper and far more expansive than her debut, but shares the same otherworldly tenor that could never be mistaken for anyone else.

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Soichi Terada Presents Sounds From The Far East

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This is some of the brightest, most colorful music I’ve been into in a long time. It’s a psychedelic magic trick, striking the pulse of zeitgeist labels like 1080p and Orange Milk from far out of left field, a completely unexpected place and time.

I was tricked in the best way when I first heard Soichi Terada Presents Sounds From The Far East.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided // A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Mission

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I’ve been playing a lot of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Let me tell you about a weird little moment I just experienced in this sublime cyberpunk role playing game.

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Luminous Path [mixtape]

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This mixtape is about that warm glowing feeling you get when you dream about the right path in life. You see it materializing before you, and although it isn’t real yet, you’re filled with the light of understanding.

After this kind of dream, you wake with a newfound sense of purpose and optimism.

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