Hours (stylised as 'hours...') is the twenty-second studio album by David Bowie, released in 1999. It is notable for being not only his last album with both the EMI sublabel Virgin Records and EMI as a whole (with all following albums being released through Columbia Records), but also the first complete album by a major artist available to download over the Internet, preceding its physical release by two weeks.
A major departure from the preceding two albums, a lot of the material was used in the video game Omikron: The Nomad Soul. In addition, the song "What's Really Happening?" was also recorded live using lyrics that were submitted as part of a fan competition.
The singles released from this album were "Thursday's Child", "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell". "Survive", and "Seven"
- "Thursday's Child" (5:24)
- "Something in the Air" (5:46)
- "Survive" (4:11)
- "If I'm Dreaming My Life" (7:04)
- "Seven" (4:04)
- "What's Really Happening?" (4:10)
- "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell" (4:40)
- "New Angels of Promise" (4:35)
- "Brilliant Adventure" (1:54)
- "The Dreamers" (5:14)
Bonus Track (Japan):
- "We All Go Through"
Don't hold your breath but the pretty tropes are going to hell
- Auto-Tune: Used mainly for distorting his vocals. This is most prominent in "Something in the Air" and "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell"
- Epic Rocking: "If I'm Dreaming My Life" at 7 minutes long.
- Instrumental: "Brilliant Adventure"
- Lighter and Softer: To Earthling in both respects, as reflected in the cover photo
- Miniscule Rocking: "Brilliant Adventure" is just under two minutes long.
- New Sound Album: Ethereal-sounding art rock with some pop leanings.
- One-Word Title: The album, "Seven" and "Survive".
- Other Common Music Video Concepts - Band from Mundania:
- Both the official 'hours...' videos put Bowie in domestic settings and then ease in fantasy elements. In "Thursday's Child", he and his current lover are getting ready for bed when in the bathroom mirror he sees a reflection of his younger self and an old lover. In "Survive", he broods alone in a cluttered kitchen over a romantic breakup and then gravity goes askew. The unreleased video for "The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell" would kept the trend as well (see What Could Have Been in the Trivia section).
- Rearrange the Song: Both "Seven" and "Survive" saw releases as remixes by Marius DeVries.
- Religious Russian Roulette: "Seven"The Gods forgot they made meSo I forgot them too
- Pietà Plagiarism: The album cover for 'hours...' has an older long-haired Bowie cradling a (slightly!) younger short-haired version of himself, representing his shift to a Lighter and Softer sound following the much-heavier 1. Outside and Earthling.
- Soprano and Gravel: "Thursday's Child", though Bowie's voice isn't exactly gravelly.
- Self-Backing Vocalist: The exception being "Thursday's Child" where Holly Palmer is featured quite prominently (see Soprano and Gravel)
- Three-Dimensional Episode: Early releases of 'hours...' feature a lenticular cover, which can be tilted to shift the perspective in the cover photo, providing a pseudo-3D effect.
- Title Track: One of Bowie's four albums that doesn't feature one.