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Loving the Alien [1983-1988] [Box Set] Image
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  • Summary: The 11-disc box set collects the pop icon's music from 1983 - 1988 including remasters of 1983's Let's Dance; 1984's Tonight; 1987's Never Let Me Down; as well as live albums: previously unreleased 1983's Serious Moonlight from Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum and 1987's Glass Spider; a remixThe 11-disc box set collects the pop icon's music from 1983 - 1988 including remasters of 1983's Let's Dance; 1984's Tonight; 1987's Never Let Me Down; as well as live albums: previously unreleased 1983's Serious Moonlight from Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum and 1987's Glass Spider; a remix disc; and a disc of rare tracks. Expand
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  1. Mojo
    Oct 11, 2018
    80
    The box set's main selling point is the inclusion of a completely different version of Never Let Me Down, recorded posthumously. [Nov 2018, p.100]
  2. Oct 16, 2018
    80
    The fascinating thing about Loving the Alien is how it makes this period seem more interesting than the individual albums, and that's entirely due to the dance mixes, ephemera, and awkward live material. On these byways, it's possible to hear Bowie grapple with both his past and present in a hungry fashion and that desperation is alien to Bowie, so an immersion into this unease makes for compelling listening.
  3. Oct 19, 2018
    80
    Loving the Alien--despite some truly cringe-inducing moments--is an enjoyable look back at when David Bowie put on his red shoes and danced the blues.
  4. Oct 31, 2018
    75
    The Loving the Alien reissue displays Bowie's true showmanship in the studio and onstage--with live reworkings of album tracks, one can get a sense of how Bowie approached the storied performance component of his career.
  5. Oct 22, 2018
    71
    Loving the Alien offers a reset for listeners--to hear these albums fresh, liberated from their composer’s dismissive opinions.
  6. Uncut
    Oct 11, 2018
    70
    The LPs collected here lack the punch of his previous efforts. But they do have their charms. ... Most revealing are two live LPs, from '83 and '87, that show an artist reconsidering his old hits--and his old selves--for new fans. [Nov 2018, p.45]
  7. 50
    Padded out with uneven live albums, indifferent remixes and anodyne film soundtrack songs, this 120-track package makes for depressingly arid listening in places. That said, no anthology that includes the heart-soaring Absolute Beginners or the high-gloss Let’s Dance can be considered a total wash-out.

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