Rocks In The Attic #176: David Bowie – ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ (1971)

One record on from Space Oddity, and a notable step closer to Hunky Dory, but Bowie’s songwriting here is still maturing.

It’s odd that this album sounds quite a bit heavier than both Space Oddity and Hunky Dory, with a rock sound closer to the Ziggy Stardust album. It reminds me of the way the first couple of Queen albums are all heavy sludge without any particular attention to melody.

For an album with no singles, the title song remains the most well-known song – and I guess Nirvana are partly to thank for that. It’s a great song, with an odd timing, similar to Andy Warhol from Hunky Dory.

This record also marks Bowie’s first partnership with Mick Ronson and the start of the band that would go on to become The Spiders From Mars.

Hit: The Man Who Sold The World

Hidden Gem: Black Country Rock

2 thoughts on “Rocks In The Attic #176: David Bowie – ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ (1971)

  1. Matthew Gibson

    I suppose not having singles on albums back then wasn’t so weird.
    I guess Bowie was just a copyist before Hunky Dory, so this is his T. Rex album. I like it a lot, but he made much better albums than this.

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