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.