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''The Next Day'' is the twenty-fifth studio album by Music/DavidBowie, released in 2013. His first album since 2003's ''Music/{{Reality}}'', its announcement on his 66th birthday took fans, critics and media [[HesBack by surprise]], thanks to many of them assuming that he had quietly retired after suffering a heart attack in 2004 while on tour in UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}. The surprise was, by all accounts, an IntendedAudienceReaction: Bowie had spent two years sporadically recording and producing the album in secret, requiring everyone involved to sign non-disclosure agreements and even going so far as to change studios when his presence at the first one was disclosed without permission. Even then, an unannounced visit to the second studio by Canadian band Metric nearly blew the lid off the whole thing when Bowie's saxophonist found himself tempted to give away everything that was going on. Despite these hurdles, the album was kept under tight lock and key for the entirety of its production, resulting in its sudden announcement and release becoming the ''mammoth'' curveball Bowie was hoping for it to be.

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''The Next Day'' is the twenty-fifth studio album by Music/DavidBowie, released in 2013. His first album since 2003's ''Music/{{Reality}}'', its announcement on his 66th birthday took fans, critics and media [[HesBack by surprise]], thanks to many of them assuming that he had quietly retired after suffering a heart attack in 2004 while on tour in UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}. The surprise was, by all accounts, an IntendedAudienceReaction: Bowie had spent two years the album was sporadically recording and producing put together in secret over the album in secret, course of two years, with Bowie requiring everyone involved to sign non-disclosure agreements and even going so far as to change studios when his presence at the first one was disclosed without permission. Even then, an unannounced visit to the second studio by Canadian band Metric nearly blew the lid off the whole thing when Bowie's saxophonist found himself tempted to give away everything that was going on. Despite these hurdles, the album was kept under tight lock and key for the entirety of its production, resulting in its sudden announcement and release becoming the ''mammoth'' curveball Bowie was hoping for it to be.
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Like most of his 21st Century output, the album received critical acclaim, with reviewers praising the album's introspective sound and lyrics, particularly the repeated musing on Bowie's own mythos and awareness of the expectations placed by his prolonged absence. As of 2020, it sits at No. 1780 on ''WebSite/AcclaimedMusic''[='s=] [[UsefulNotes/AcclaimedMusicAllTimeTopAlbums dynamic list]] of the 3000 most critically acclaimed albums ever made. ''The Next Day'' was also a major commercial success for Bowie, debuting at the top of the UK Albums chart (his first No. 1 in the country since ''Music/BlackTieWhiteNoise'' 20 years prior) and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, further topping the charts in Argentina, Belgium (on both the Ultratop Flanders and Ultratop Wallonia charts), Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. The album would also top Billboard's Top Alternative Albums chart and peak at No. 2 on their Top Rock Albums chart. ''The Next Day'' would go on to become the 26th best-selling album of 2013 in the UK and the third-best-selling album of the year in Finland, later being certified platinum in the UK, France, and the Netherlands, and gold in Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. With such heavy acclaim and success, it seemed like a veritable comeback for Bowie-- however, this second wind would ultimately be cut short just three years later, when Bowie died after a two-year battle with liver cancer. His follow-up to ''The Next Day'' and consequent final album, ''Music/BlackstarAlbum'', would release just two days before his passing.

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Like most of his 21st Century output, the album received critical acclaim, with reviewers praising the album's introspective sound and lyrics, particularly the repeated musing on Bowie's own mythos and awareness of the expectations placed by his prolonged absence. As of 2020, it sits at No. 1780 on ''WebSite/AcclaimedMusic''[='s=] [[UsefulNotes/AcclaimedMusicAllTimeTopAlbums dynamic list]] of the 3000 most critically acclaimed albums ever made. ''The Next Day'' was also a major commercial success for Bowie, debuting at the top of the UK Albums chart (his first No. 1 in the country since ''Music/BlackTieWhiteNoise'' 20 years prior) and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, further topping the charts in Argentina, Belgium (on both the Ultratop Flanders and Ultratop Wallonia charts), Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. The album would also top Billboard's Top Alternative Albums chart and peak at No. 2 on their Top Rock Albums chart. ''The Next Day'' would go on to become the 26th best-selling album of 2013 in the UK and the third-best-selling album of the year in Finland, later being certified platinum in the UK, France, and the Netherlands, and gold in Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. With such heavy acclaim and success, it seemed like a veritable comeback for Bowie-- however, this second wind would ultimately be cut short just three years later, when Bowie died after a two-year battle with liver cancer. His follow-up to ''The Next Day'' and consequent final album, ''Music/BlackstarAlbum'', would release just two days before his passing.
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''The Next Day'' is the twenty-fifth studio album by Music/DavidBowie, released in 2013. His first album since 2003's ''Music/{{Reality}}'', Bowie had spent two years sporadically recording and producing the album in secret, requiring everyone involved to sign non-disclosure agreements and even going so far as to change studios when his presence at the first one was disclosed without permission. Even then, an unannounced visit to the second studio by Canadian band Metric nearly blew the lid off the whole thing when Bowie's saxophonist found himself tempted to give away everything that was going on. Despite these hurdles, the album was kept under tight lock and key for the entirety of its production.

Sound-wise, the album continues the AlternativeRock sound of ''Reality'', but mixes it in with Bowie's signature brand of theatrical art rock, thereby offering a more complex take on its 2003 predecessor. Both musically and lyrically, ''The Next Day'' also shifts to a much darker direction, reflecting Bowie's awareness of his advanced age (he was already 66 when the album released) and his desire to look back and examine where he'd been and where he was now going. Despite this, the album isn't a voyeuristic look into Bowie's head, instead conveying his thoughts through a series of allegorical vignettes focused on a variety of characters and themes, ranging from a former East German resident's reminiscing on the fall of the Berlin Wall to a school shooter's friend to a defiant UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}. Tying in with the album's reflective tone, the album cover consists solely of a modified version of that for ''Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum'', the title scratched out and a white square with the 2013 album's title plastered over Bowie's face.

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''The Next Day'' is the twenty-fifth studio album by Music/DavidBowie, released in 2013. His first album since 2003's ''Music/{{Reality}}'', its announcement on his 66th birthday took fans, critics and media [[HesBack by surprise]], thanks to many of them assuming that he had quietly retired after suffering a heart attack in 2004 while on tour in UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}. The surprise was, by all accounts, an IntendedAudienceReaction: Bowie had spent two years sporadically recording and producing the album in secret, requiring everyone involved to sign non-disclosure agreements and even going so far as to change studios when his presence at the first one was disclosed without permission. Even then, an unannounced visit to the second studio by Canadian band Metric nearly blew the lid off the whole thing when Bowie's saxophonist found himself tempted to give away everything that was going on. Despite these hurdles, the album was kept under tight lock and key for the entirety of its production.

production, resulting in its sudden announcement and release becoming the ''mammoth'' curveball Bowie was hoping for it to be.

Sound-wise, the album continues the AlternativeRock sound of ''Reality'', but mixes it in with Bowie's signature brand of theatrical art rock, thereby offering a more complex take on its 2003 predecessor. Both musically and lyrically, ''The Next Day'' also shifts to a much darker direction, reflecting Bowie's awareness of his advanced age (he was already 66 when the album released) and his desire to look back and examine where he'd been and where he was now going. Despite this, the album isn't a voyeuristic look into Bowie's head, instead conveying his thoughts through a series of allegorical vignettes focused on a variety of characters and themes, ranging from a former East German resident's reminiscing on the fall of the Berlin Wall to a school shooter's friend to a defiant UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}. Tying in with the album's reflective tone, the album cover consists solely of a modified version of that for his landmark 1977 album ''Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum'', the title scratched out and a white square with the 2013 album's title plastered over Bowie's face.
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Like most of his 21st Century output, the album received critical acclaim, with reviewers praising the album's introspective sound and lyrics, particularly the repeated musing on Bowie's own mythos and awareness of the expectations placed by his prolonged absence. As of 2020, it sits at No. 1780 on ''WebSite/AcclaimedMusic''[='s=] [[UsefulNotes/AcclaimedMusicAllTimeTopAlbums dynamic list]] of the 3000 most critically acclaimed albums ever made. ''The Next Day'' was also a major commercial success for Bowie, debuting at the top of the UK Albums chart (his first No. 1 in the country since ''Music/BlackTieWhiteNoise'' 20 years prior) and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, further topping the charts in Argentina, Belgium (on both the Ultratop Flanders and Ultratop Wallonia charts), Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. The album would also top Billboard's Top Alternative Albums chart and peak at No. 2 on their Top Rock Albums chart. ''The Next Day'' would go on to become the 26th best-selling album of 2013 in the UK and the third-best-selling album of the year in Finland, later being certified platinum in the UK, France, and the Netherlands, and gold in Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. With such heavy acclaim and success, it seemed like a veritable comeback for Bowie-- however, this second wind would ultimately be cut short just three years later, when Bowie died after a two-year battle with liver cancer. His follow-up to ''The Next Day'' and consequent final album, ''Music/BlackstarAlbum'', would release just two days before his passing.


''The Next Day'' is the twenty-fifth studio album by Music/DavidBowie, released in 2013. His first album since 2003's ''Music/{{Reality}}'', its announcement on his 66th birthday took fans, critics and media [[HesBack by surprise]], thanks to many of them assuming that he had quietly retired after suffering a heart attack in 2004 while on tour in UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}. The surprise was, by all accounts, an IntendedAudienceReaction: Bowie had spent two years sporadically recording and producing the album in secret, requiring everyone involved to sign non-disclosure agreements and even going so far as to change studios when his presence at the first one was disclosed without permission. Even then, an unannounced visit to the second studio by Canadian band Metric nearly blew the lid off the whole thing when Bowie's saxophonist found himself tempted to give away everything that was going on. Despite these hurdles, the album was kept under tight lock and key for the entirety of its production, resulting in its sudden announcement and release becoming the ''mammoth'' curveball Bowie was hoping for it to be.

Sound-wise, the album continues the AlternativeRock sound of ''Reality'', but mixes it in with Bowie's signature brand of theatrical art rock, thereby offering a more complex take on its 2003 predecessor. Both musically and lyrically, ''The Next Day'' also shifts to a much darker direction, reflecting Bowie's awareness of his advanced age (he was already 66 when the album released) and his desire to look back and examine where he'd been and where he was now going. Despite this, the album isn't a voyeuristic look into Bowie's head, instead conveying his thoughts through a series of allegorical vignettes focused on a variety of characters and themes, ranging from a former East German resident's reminiscing on the fall of the Berlin Wall to a school shooter's friend to a defiant UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}. Tying in with the album's reflective tone, the album cover consists solely of a modified version of that for his landmark 1977 album ''Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum'', the title scratched out and a white square with the 2013 album's title plastered over Bowie's face.

Like most of his 21st Century output, the album received critical acclaim, with reviewers praising the album's introspective sound and lyrics, particularly the repeated musing on Bowie's own mythos and awareness of the expectations placed by his prolonged absence. As of 2020, it sits at No. 1780 on ''WebSite/AcclaimedMusic''[='s=] [[UsefulNotes/AcclaimedMusicAllTimeTopAlbums dynamic list]] of the 3000 most critically acclaimed albums ever made. ''The Next Day'' was also a major commercial success for Bowie, debuting at the top of the UK Albums chart (his first No. 1 in the country since ''Music/BlackTieWhiteNoise'' 20 years prior) and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, further topping the charts in Argentina, Belgium (on both the Ultratop Flanders and Ultratop Wallonia charts), Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. The album would also top Billboard's Top Alternative Albums chart and peak at No. 2 on their Top Rock Albums chart. ''The Next Day'' would go on to become the 26th best-selling album of 2013 in the UK and the third-best-selling album of the year in Finland, later being certified platinum in the UK, France, and the Netherlands, and gold in Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. With such heavy acclaim and success, it seemed like a veritable comeback for Bowie-- however, this second wind would ultimately be cut short just three years later, when Bowie died after a two-year battle with liver cancer. His follow-up to ''The Next Day'' and consequent final album, ''Music/BlackstarAlbum'', would release just two days before his passing.

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''The Next Day'' is the twenty-fifth studio album by Music/DavidBowie, released in 2013. His first album since 2003's ''Music/{{Reality}}'', its announcement on his 66th birthday took fans, critics and media [[HesBack by surprise]], thanks to many of them assuming that he had quietly retired after suffering a heart attack in 2004 while on tour in UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}. The surprise was, by all accounts, an IntendedAudienceReaction: Bowie had spent two years sporadically recording and producing the album in secret, requiring everyone involved to sign non-disclosure agreements and even going so far as to change studios when his presence at the first one was disclosed without permission. Even then, an unannounced visit to the second studio by Canadian band Metric nearly blew the lid off the whole thing when Bowie's saxophonist found himself tempted to give away everything that was going on. Despite these hurdles, the album was kept under tight lock and key for the entirety of its production, resulting in its sudden announcement and release becoming the ''mammoth'' curveball Bowie was hoping for it to be.

production.

Sound-wise, the album continues the AlternativeRock sound of ''Reality'', but mixes it in with Bowie's signature brand of theatrical art rock, thereby offering a more complex take on its 2003 predecessor. Both musically and lyrically, ''The Next Day'' also shifts to a much darker direction, reflecting Bowie's awareness of his advanced age (he was already 66 when the album released) and his desire to look back and examine where he'd been and where he was now going. Despite this, the album isn't a voyeuristic look into Bowie's head, instead conveying his thoughts through a series of allegorical vignettes focused on a variety of characters and themes, ranging from a former East German resident's reminiscing on the fall of the Berlin Wall to a school shooter's friend to a defiant UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}. Tying in with the album's reflective tone, the album cover consists solely of a modified version of that for his landmark 1977 album ''Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum'', the title scratched out and a white square with the 2013 album's title plastered over Bowie's face.

Like most of his 21st Century output, the album received critical acclaim, with reviewers praising the album's introspective sound and lyrics, particularly the repeated musing on Bowie's own mythos and awareness of the expectations placed by his prolonged absence. As of 2020, it sits at No. 1780 on ''WebSite/AcclaimedMusic''[='s=] [[UsefulNotes/AcclaimedMusicAllTimeTopAlbums dynamic list]] of the 3000 most critically acclaimed albums ever made. ''The Next Day'' was also a major commercial success for Bowie, debuting at the top of the UK Albums chart (his first No. 1 in the country since ''Music/BlackTieWhiteNoise'' 20 years prior) and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, further topping the charts in Argentina, Belgium (on both the Ultratop Flanders and Ultratop Wallonia charts), Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. The album would also top Billboard's Top Alternative Albums chart and peak at No. 2 on their Top Rock Albums chart. ''The Next Day'' would go on to become the 26th best-selling album of 2013 in the UK and the third-best-selling album of the year in Finland, later being certified platinum in the UK, France, and the Netherlands, and gold in Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. With such heavy acclaim and success, it seemed like a veritable comeback for Bowie-- however, this second wind would ultimately be cut short just three years later, when Bowie died after a two-year battle with liver cancer. His follow-up to ''The Next Day'' and consequent final album, ''Music/BlackstarAlbum'', would release just two days before his passing.
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* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "I'd Rather Be High" segues into "Boss of Me".


* InMediasRes: "Heat" begins with the line "'''Then''' we saw Mishima's dog," suggesting that this is not actually the start of the story.

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* InMediasRes: "Heat" begins with the line "'''Then''' we saw Mishima's [[Creator/YukioMishima Mishima]]'s dog," suggesting that this is not actually the start of the story.


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* ShoutOut: The opening line of "Heat" namedrops Creator/YukioMishima, a controversial Japanese writer known for both his innovative literature and the failed far-right coup attempt he led in 1970; Bowie had a portrait he painted of the author hung up in his Berlin residency and cited his writings as a lyrical influence.


Like most of his 21st Century output, the album received critical acclaim, with reviewers praising the album's introspective sound and lyrics, particularly the repeated musing on Bowie's own mythos and awareness of the expectations placed by his prolonged absence. The album was also a major commercial success for Bowie, debuting at the top of the UK Albums chart (his first No. 1 in the country since ''Music/BlackTieWhiteNoise'' 20 years prior) and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, further topping the charts in Argentina, Belgium (on both the Ultratop Flanders and Ultratop Wallonia charts), Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. The album would also top Billboard's Top Alternative Albums chart and peak at No. 2 on their Top Rock Albums chart. ''The Next Day'' would go on to become the 26th best-selling album of 2013 in the UK and the third-best-selling album of the year in Finland, later being certified platinum in the UK, France, and the Netherlands, and gold in Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. With such heavy acclaim and success, it seemed like a veritable comeback for Bowie-- however, this second wind would ultimately be cut short just three years later, when Bowie died after a two-year battle with liver cancer. His follow-up to ''The Next Day'' and consequent final album, ''Music/BlackstarAlbum'', would release just two days before his passing.

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Like most of his 21st Century output, the album received critical acclaim, with reviewers praising the album's introspective sound and lyrics, particularly the repeated musing on Bowie's own mythos and awareness of the expectations placed by his prolonged absence. The album As of 2020, it sits at No. 1780 on ''WebSite/AcclaimedMusic''[='s=] [[UsefulNotes/AcclaimedMusicAllTimeTopAlbums dynamic list]] of the 3000 most critically acclaimed albums ever made. ''The Next Day'' was also a major commercial success for Bowie, debuting at the top of the UK Albums chart (his first No. 1 in the country since ''Music/BlackTieWhiteNoise'' 20 years prior) and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, further topping the charts in Argentina, Belgium (on both the Ultratop Flanders and Ultratop Wallonia charts), Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. The album would also top Billboard's Top Alternative Albums chart and peak at No. 2 on their Top Rock Albums chart. ''The Next Day'' would go on to become the 26th best-selling album of 2013 in the UK and the third-best-selling album of the year in Finland, later being certified platinum in the UK, France, and the Netherlands, and gold in Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. With such heavy acclaim and success, it seemed like a veritable comeback for Bowie-- however, this second wind would ultimately be cut short just three years later, when Bowie died after a two-year battle with liver cancer. His follow-up to ''The Next Day'' and consequent final album, ''Music/BlackstarAlbum'', would release just two days before his passing.


!! "Tropes are never sleeping-- dead ones and the living"

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!! "Tropes are never sleeping-- dead ones "Here they trope upon the stairs: sexless and the living"unaroused"



* InTheStyleOf: "Heat" is reminiscent of the work of Music/ScottWalker, a personal idol of Bowie's.
* LyricalDissonance: "Valentine's Day" - a song about a school shooting set to 60s-style pop music.

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* InTheStyleOf: InTheStyleOf:
** "Valentine's Day" invokes the British Invasion style of 1960's rock that defined Bowie's earliest singles (before even [[Music/DavidBowie1967 his first album]]).
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"Heat" is reminiscent of the work of Music/ScottWalker, a personal idol of Bowie's.
* LyricalDissonance: "Valentine's Day" - Day"-- a song about a school shooting set to 60s-style pop music.



* OtherCommonMusicVideoConcepts - Band from Mundania: In "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)", Bowie and Creator/TildaSwinton play an ordinary, happy suburban couple who get their world turned upside down by some unsettling, younger newcomers (a celebrity couple known for their tabloid troubles, to be precise).

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* OtherCommonMusicVideoConcepts - -- Band from Mundania: In "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)", Bowie and Creator/TildaSwinton play an ordinary, happy suburban couple who get their world turned upside down by some unsettling, younger newcomers (a celebrity couple known for their tabloid troubles, to be precise).



* ViewerGenderConfusion: Invoked in "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"; the celebrity couple are both played by women (the "male" by Saskia de Brauw and the "female" by famous transgender model Andreja Pejić.) There is also a young Bowie {{Expy}} played by Iselin Steiro-- also a woman.

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* ViewerGenderConfusion: Invoked in "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"; Tonight)", as a nod back to Bowie's famous subversion and criticism of gender norms in his youth: the celebrity couple are both played by women (the "male" by Saskia de Brauw and the "female" by famous transgender model Andreja Pejić.) There is also a young Bowie {{Expy}} played by Iselin Steiro-- also a woman.


!! Bonus tracks:

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!! Bonus tracks:[[AC:Deluxe Edition bonus tracks]]



# "God Bless the Girl" (4:11)

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# "God Bless the Girl" (4:11)


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* RegionalBonus: The Japanese version of the album includes the B-side "God Bless the Girl" as a bonus track on both the VanillaEdition and the Deluxe Edition.


[[caption-width-right:350:''"Here I am, not quite dying"'']]

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[[caption-width-right:350:''"Here I am, not quite dying"'']]
dying."'']]



!! "Tropes are never sleeping, dead ones and the living"

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!! "Tropes are never sleeping, sleeping-- dead ones and the living"



** "Love is Lost" re-used puppets that had planned to be used for the filmed-but-unreleased ConceptVideo for "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell". The remix of the same song also samples "Ashes to Ashes".

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** "Love is Lost" re-used puppets that had planned to be used for the filmed-but-unreleased ConceptVideo for [[Music/{{Hours}} "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell". Hell"]]. The remix of the same song also samples [[Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps "Ashes to Ashes".Ashes"]].



** The penultimate track, "You Feel So Lonely You Could Die", ends with the opening drums from "Five Years".
** The director of the videos for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" and "The Next Day" is Floria Sigismondi, who also did two of his Music/{{Earthling}}-era videos "Little Wonder" and "Dead Man Walking".

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** The penultimate track, "You Feel So Lonely You Could Die", ends with the opening drums from [[Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars "Five Years".
Years"]].
** The director of the videos for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" and "The Next Day" is Floria Sigismondi, who also did two of his Music/{{Earthling}}-era videos ''Music/{{Earthling}}''-era videos: "Little Wonder" and "Dead Man Walking".



* DarkerAndEdgier: "Dirty Boys" is about gang violence, "How Does the Grass Grow" is about PTSD, "Valentine's Day" is about school shootings, and many of the other songs deal with violence, death, and destruction in some form.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: "Dirty Boys" is about gang violence, "How Does the Grass Grow" is about PTSD, "Valentine's Day" is about school shootings, and many of the other songs deal with violence, death, and destruction in some form.form, far drearier than the sarcastic lyrics of ''Music/{{Reality}}''.



* OtherCommonMusicVideoConcepts
** Band from Mundania:
*** In "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)", Bowie and Creator/TildaSwinton play an ordinary, happy suburban couple who get their world turned upside down by some unsettling, younger newcomers (a celebrity couple known for their tabloid troubles, to be precise).

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* OtherCommonMusicVideoConcepts
**
OtherCommonMusicVideoConcepts - Band from Mundania:
***
Mundania: In "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)", Bowie and Creator/TildaSwinton play an ordinary, happy suburban couple who get their world turned upside down by some unsettling, younger newcomers (a celebrity couple known for their tabloid troubles, to be precise).



* RefugeInAudacity: The video for "The Next Day", which has Bowie as a prophet performing in a bar with priests and prostitutes, one of whom, played by Creator/MarionCotillard, has gruesome stigmata. The end of the video has Bowie BreakingTheFourthWall by thanking everyone involved in the video, before vanishing. The video was accidentally removed by Website/YouTube, before being re-added and rated 18+ - the only Bowie video to carry the warning.

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* RefugeInAudacity: The video for "The Next Day", which has Bowie as a prophet performing in a bar with priests and prostitutes, one of whom, played by Creator/MarionCotillard, has gruesome stigmata. The end of the video has Bowie BreakingTheFourthWall by thanking everyone involved in the video, before vanishing. The video was accidentally removed by Website/YouTube, before being re-added and rated 18+ - given an age restriction-- one of the only two Bowie video videos to carry the warning.be subjected to one (alongside "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)").



* ViewerGenderConfusion: Invoked in "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"; the celebrity couple are both played by women (the "male" by Saskia de Brauw and the "female" by famous transgender model Andreja Pejić.) There is also a young Bowie {{Expy}} played by Iselin Steiro - also a woman.

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* ViewerGenderConfusion: Invoked in "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)"; the celebrity couple are both played by women (the "male" by Saskia de Brauw and the "female" by famous transgender model Andreja Pejić.) There is also a young Bowie {{Expy}} played by Iselin Steiro - Steiro-- also a woman.


''The Next Day'' is the twenty-fifth studio album by Music/DavidBowie, released in 2013. His first album since 2003's ''Music/{{Reality}}'', its announcement on his 66th birthday took fans, critics and media [[HesBack by surprise]], thanks to many of them assuming that he had quietly retired after suffering a heart attack in 2004 while on tour in UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}.

Five singles were spawned from the album: "Where Are We Now?", "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)", "[[TitleTrack The Next Day]]", "Valentine's Day" and "Love Is Lost". Like most of his 21st Century output, the album received critical acclaim.

The album artwork is notable for simply being the cover of his 1977 album ''[[Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum "Heroes"]]'', with its title scratched out and a white square with "The Next Day" placed over his head.


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''The Next Day'' is the twenty-fifth studio album by Music/DavidBowie, released in 2013. His first album since 2003's ''Music/{{Reality}}'', its announcement on his 66th birthday took fans, critics and media [[HesBack by surprise]], thanks to many of them assuming that he had quietly retired after suffering a heart attack in 2004 while on tour in UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}.

UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}. The surprise was, by all accounts, an IntendedAudienceReaction: Bowie had spent two years sporadically recording and producing the album in secret, requiring everyone involved to sign non-disclosure agreements and even going so far as to change studios when his presence at the first one was disclosed without permission. Even then, an unannounced visit to the second studio by Canadian band Metric nearly blew the lid off the whole thing when Bowie's saxophonist found himself tempted to give away everything that was going on. Despite these hurdles, the album was kept under tight lock and key for the entirety of its production, resulting in its sudden announcement and release becoming the ''mammoth'' curveball Bowie was hoping for it to be.

Sound-wise, the album continues the AlternativeRock sound of ''Reality'', but mixes it in with Bowie's signature brand of theatrical art rock, thereby offering a more complex take on its 2003 predecessor. Both musically and lyrically, ''The Next Day'' also shifts to a much darker direction, reflecting Bowie's awareness of his advanced age (he was already 66 when the album released) and his desire to look back and examine where he'd been and where he was now going. Despite this, the album isn't a voyeuristic look into Bowie's head, instead conveying his thoughts through a series of allegorical vignettes focused on a variety of characters and themes, ranging from a former East German resident's reminiscing on the fall of the Berlin Wall to a school shooter's friend to a defiant UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}. Tying in with the album's reflective tone, the album cover consists solely of a modified version of that for his landmark 1977 album ''Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum'', the title scratched out and a white square with the 2013 album's title plastered over Bowie's face.

Like most of his 21st Century output, the album received critical acclaim, with reviewers praising the album's introspective sound and lyrics, particularly the repeated musing on Bowie's own mythos and awareness of the expectations placed by his prolonged absence. The album was also a major commercial success for Bowie, debuting at the top of the UK Albums chart (his first No. 1 in the country since ''Music/BlackTieWhiteNoise'' 20 years prior) and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, further topping the charts in Argentina, Belgium (on both the Ultratop Flanders and Ultratop Wallonia charts), Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland. The album would also top Billboard's Top Alternative Albums chart and peak at No. 2 on their Top Rock Albums chart. ''The Next Day'' would go on to become the 26th best-selling album of 2013 in the UK and the third-best-selling album of the year in Finland, later being certified platinum in the UK, France, and the Netherlands, and gold in Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, and Switzerland. With such heavy acclaim and success, it seemed like a veritable comeback for Bowie-- however, this second wind would ultimately be cut short just three years later, when Bowie died after a two-year battle with liver cancer. His follow-up to ''The Next Day'' and consequent final album, ''Music/BlackstarAlbum'', would release just two days before his passing.

Five singles were spawned from the album: "Where Are We Now?", "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)", "[[TitleTrack The Next Day]]", "Valentine's Day" and "Love Is Lost". Like most of his 21st Century output, the album received critical acclaim.

The album artwork is notable for simply being the cover of his 1977 album ''[[Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum "Heroes"]]'', with its title scratched out and a white square with "The Next Day" placed over his head.

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** The first released track, "Where Are We Now?", references several UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} landmarks (Potsdamer Platz, Nürnberger Straße, KaDeWe, etc).

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** The percussion on "Love is Lost" recreates the hollow drum sound that served as a crucial part of ''Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum''[='s=] sonic aesthetic.


* RefugeInAudacity: The video for "The Next Day", which has Bowie as a prophet performing in a bar with priests and prostitutes, one of whom, played by Creator/MarionCotillard, has gruesome stigmata. The end of the video has Bowie BreakingTheFourthWall by thanking everyone involved in the video, before vanishing. The video was accidentally removed by YouTube, before being re-added and rated 18+ - the only Bowie video to carry the warning.

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* RefugeInAudacity: The video for "The Next Day", which has Bowie as a prophet performing in a bar with priests and prostitutes, one of whom, played by Creator/MarionCotillard, has gruesome stigmata. The end of the video has Bowie BreakingTheFourthWall by thanking everyone involved in the video, before vanishing. The video was accidentally removed by YouTube, Website/YouTube, before being re-added and rated 18+ - the only Bowie video to carry the warning.


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''The Next Day'' is the twenty-fifth studio album by Music/DavidBowie, released in 2013. His first album since 2003's ''Music/{{Reality}}''. Its announcement on his 66th birthday took fans, critics and media [[HesBack by surprise]], many of whom assumed he had quietly retired after suffering a heart attack while on tour in UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}.

Five singles were spawned from the album "Where Are We Now?", "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)", "[[TitleTrack The Next Day]]", "Valentine's Day" and "Love Is Lost". Like most of his 21st Century output, the album received critical acclaim.

The album artwork is notable for simply being the cover of his 1977 album ''Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum'', with its title scratched out and a white square with "The Next Day" placed over his head.


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''The Next Day'' is the twenty-fifth studio album by Music/DavidBowie, released in 2013. His first album since 2003's ''Music/{{Reality}}''. Its ''Music/{{Reality}}'', its announcement on his 66th birthday took fans, critics and media [[HesBack by surprise]], thanks to many of whom assumed them assuming that he had quietly retired after suffering a heart attack in 2004 while on tour in UsefulNotes/{{Germany}}.

Five singles were spawned from the album album: "Where Are We Now?", "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)", "[[TitleTrack The Next Day]]", "Valentine's Day" and "Love Is Lost". Like most of his 21st Century output, the album received critical acclaim.

The album artwork is notable for simply being the cover of his 1977 album ''Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum'', ''[[Music/HeroesDavidBowieAlbum "Heroes"]]'', with its title scratched out and a white square with "The Next Day" placed over his head.

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