Black Tie White Noise Over the years, David Bowie has assumed many musical personae — glam-rocker Ziggy Stardust, disco-rocker The Thin White Duke, regular-joe hard-rocker as lead singer of… Black Tie White Noise Over the years, David Bowie has assumed many musical personae — glam-rocker Ziggy Stardust, disco-rocker The Thin White Duke, regular-joe hard-rocker as lead singer of… David Bowie Rock
Music Review

Black Tie White Noise (1993)

EW's GRADE
D

Details Lead Performance: David Bowie; Genre: Rock

Over the years, David Bowie has assumed many musical personae — glam-rocker Ziggy Stardust, disco-rocker The Thin White Duke, regular-joe hard-rocker as lead singer of Tin Machine. On the stultifying yet annoying Black Tie White Noise, he seems to be trying out a new one: nonrocking Smug Dullard. Working once again with producer Nile Rodgers, Bowie essays endless, listless dance grooves, moaning tiredly over frilly ornamentation such as Lester Bowie's bleating jazz horn-playing. There are exactly two good songs: the dreamy ''Miracle Goodnight'' and a witty cover of Morrissey's ''I Know It's Gonna Happen Someday.'' Throughout, Bowie sounds knowing, glum, and — above all — hipper than thee and me. So instead of ''Black Tie,'' buy the CD of 1976's ''Station to Station,'' on which he really was. D

Originally posted Apr 16, 1993 Published in issue #166 Apr 16, 1993 Order article reprints
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