Q's Top 20: #4 - David Bowie


The #4 record on Q's Top 20 Albums of 2013 is one that nobody saw coming. It was a rare surprise in a heavily networked world where secrecy just doesn't seem possible anymore... but count on this artist to make the impossible, possible.

The album is The Next Day by David Bowie. And it all began in the wee hours of January 8th of this year - Bowie's 66th birthday - when he released his first new song in 10 years. The record went on to be his first UK #1 in 20 years, and earn a nomination for the coveted Mercury Prize.

Bowie is in fine vocal form on The Next Day, an album that ranges from the poignant and reflective, to the outright propulsive... dark visions at play with a mysterious, luminous glow. It was an emphatic statement that his much-ballyhooed musical retirement was a figment of the world's imagination. Hear Jian's tribute to one of his musical icons above.

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