No Spoilers

David Bowie wrote and recorded this song while he was busy dying of cancer. When I first heard it, I couldn’t figure it out. You’re dying, man. You’re giving everything away whether you want to or not. Even you, with your Grammys and your personal museum and your own ISP, cannot take it with you. … Continue reading No Spoilers

Death-Defying Acts

Crash Course for the Ravers Album: Reality (2003) Prior Level of Acquaintance: Moderate Three-Word Review: energetic, emphatic, clear Buy New Reality. This was actually what I wrote on my to-do list when I realized that my old CD of Reality had got scratched up and I needed to repurchase the album in digital form. Needless … Continue reading Death-Defying Acts

It’s About Time

Crash Course for the Ravers Album: 'hours...' (1999) Prior Level of Acquaintance: Moderate Three-Word Review: soaring, wistful, pleasant So according to my constant source Nicholas Pegg, some commentators think of 'hours...' as a sort of sequel to Hunky Dory. Talk about your projects that weren't begging for a part II, but that would explain why … Continue reading It’s About Time

Earthlings on Fire

Crash Course for the Ravers Album: Earthling (1997) Prior Level of Acquaintance: Moderate Three-Word Review: new, redeeming, frustrating I’m afraid I can’t help it I’m afraid I can This is how I heard the refrain from ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’ when I first listened to it a decade ago while undergoing a root canal. In … Continue reading Earthlings on Fire