The first wave of reviews for David Bowie's The Next Day album have appeared online with the star man’s album being proclaimed as ‘the most compelling comeback in rock history’.
The accolade comes from Neil McCormick writing for The Telegraph, as he calls the album “immediately rewarding and mystifyingly opaque” in a five-star review.
The Independent’s Andy Gill is similarly enthusiastic, also calling The Next Day “the greatest comeback album in rock ‘n’ roll history” in his own review of the LP. The end product, says Gill, is “an album that conveys with apt anxiety of disgust, the fears and troubles of a world riven by conflict and distracted by superficial celebrity.”
Writing for The Guardian, Alexis Petridis holds back from awarding Bowie the entire galaxy, giving The Next Day only four stars suggesting the album’s simplicity could provide ammunition for naysayers as it points to the artist’s 70s work but doesn’t equal it.
“But then, the man himself might reasonably argue, what is?” says Petridis. “Perhaps it's destined to be remembered more for the unexpected manner in which it was announced than its contents.
Overall Petridis calls The Next Day “thought-provoking, strange and filled with great songs.”
The Times’ Will Hodgkinson is another to hold back from a five-star review for The Next Day calling it "a great album and a sense of mystery."