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YMMV / Black Tie White Noise

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  • Broken Base: Critics and fans alike are fairly divided on the album. Either it's an unexpected heavy-hitter that marked Bowie's long-awaited return to form as a solo artist, or it's another flop that ranks alongside Tonight and the original version of Never Let Me Down as part of his Dork Age.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: "Black Tie White Noise" presents the Aesop "Racial harmony is possible, but not without great difficulty and violence along the way." (Bowie wrote this in the wake of the 1992 Rodney King riots.)
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  • Harsher in Hindsight: As mentioned on the main page, Black Tie White Noise turned out to be Mick Ronson's last work with David Bowie before passing away from liver cancer—the same disease that would kill Bowie just two days after the release of his own final album.
  • Uncanny Valley: The cover art is a closeup photo of Bowie's face, but there was a proposal to use a portrait of Bowie’s face mirrored down the middle. Seeing a Bowie with two similar eyes is quite disturbing...


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