The Buddha Of Suburbia
(Virgin / EMI)


One of the lesser known and more esoteric album releases from rock chameleon David Bowie, the 1993 release of The Buddha Of Suburbia was originally created to compliment a BBC mini-series with the same name but the near soundtrack album has over the years developed a near cult status in it’s own right. Commenting on the CD, Bowie adds, ‘This album may well have been one of the most enjoyable projects that I’ve ben involved with. The pace of work was unbelievably frenetic taking only six days to write and record.’ Featuring Bowie teamed with multi-instrumentalist Erdal Kizilcay, the CD is a bizarre mix of atmospheric vocal cuts paired with instrumentals that echo Bowie’s late ‘70s works with Eno, who Bowie quotes as being a chief influence on the album along with others like Kraftwerk, Neu, Philip Glass, T.Rex, Roxy Music and even the album Pet Sounds. Lenny Kravitz contributes his guitar work on the album closer, making The Buddha one of Bowie’s most existential yet satisfying albums. www.davidbowie.com


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