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1[[quoteright:350:]]˛[[caption-width-right:350:''"Here I am, not quite dying."'']]˛˛''The Next Day'' is the twenty-fifth studio album by Music/DavidBowie, released in 2013. His first album since 2003's ''Music/{{Reality}}'', the album was sporadically put together in secret over the 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.˛˛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.˛˛''The Next Day'' was a 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.˛˛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".˛˛˛----˛!! Tracklist:˛˛# "The Next Day" (3:27)˛# "Dirty Boys" (2:58)˛# "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" (3:56)˛# "Love Is Lost" (3:57)˛# "Where Are We Now?" (4:08)˛# "Valentine's Day" (3:01)˛# "If You Can See Me" (3:15)˛# "I'd Rather Be High" (3:53)˛# "Boss of Me" (4:09)˛# "Dancing Out in Space" (3:24)˛# "How Does the Grass Grow?" (4:33)˛# "(You Will) Set the World On Fire" (3:30)˛# "You Feel So Lonely You Could Die" (4:37)˛# "Heat" (4:25)˛˛[[AC:Deluxe Edition bonus tracks]]˛# "So She" (2:31)˛# "Plan" (2:02)˛# "I'll Take You There" (2:41)˛˛----˛!! "Here they trope upon the stairs: sexless and unaroused"˛* CallBack: Loads:˛** "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"]]. The remix of the same song also samples [[Music/ScaryMonstersAndSuperCreeps "Ashes to Ashes"]].˛** The percussion on "Love is Lost" recreates the hollow drum sound that served as a crucial part of ''Music/LowDavidBowieAlbum''[='s=] sonic aesthetic.˛** The first released track, "Where Are We Now?", references several UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} landmarks (Potsdamer Platz, Nürnberger Straße, [=KaDeWe,=] etc).˛** In the video for "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)", one of the new neighbors looks and sometimes dresses like [[Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth Thomas Jerome Newton]]/The Thin White Duke and the cover of one of the tabloid magazines uses his alien form as [[ an image]] with the caption "Woman Goes To Oscars Without Makeup On".˛** The penultimate track, "You Feel So Lonely You Could Die", ends with the opening drums from [[Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars "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".˛* CelebrityIsOverrated: The point of "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)".˛* 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, far drearier than the sarcastic lyrics of ''Music/{{Reality}}''.˛* FadingIntoTheNextSong: "I'd Rather Be High" segues into "Boss of Me".˛* HesBack: The announcement of the album when virtually everyone in his fanbase and in the music press was sure he'd retired over (among other things) his health issues.˛* InMediasRes: "Heat" begins with the line "'''Then''' we saw [[Creator/YukioMishima Mishima]]'s dog," suggesting that this is not actually the start of the story.˛* 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]]).˛** "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.˛* NonIndicativeName: "Valentine's Day" has ''nothing'' to do with the day in question. In fact, there is no evidence to suggest the song even takes place on the 14th February.˛* 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).˛* PrecisionFStrike: "I'd Rather Be High":˛--> ''I flew to Cairo, find my regiment''˛--> ''City's full of generals''˛--> ''And generals full of shit''˛* 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 given an age restriction-- one of the only two Bowie videos to be subjected to one (alongside "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)").˛* 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.˛* 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.˛* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: "Valentine's Day".˛* ViewerGenderConfusion: Invoked in "The Stars (Are Out 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.˛* WarIsHell: "I'd Rather Be High", "How Does the Grass Grow".˛----


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