Since the March release of David Bowie's The Next Day, the rock legend's first new studio album in a decade, the singer has completely avoided speaking with the press about the critically lauded collection. Now, however, acclaimed U.S. author Rick Moody -- whose resume includes the 1994 novel The Ice Storm -- has convinced Bowie to come forward with an interesting type of commentary on the album.
In a lengthy piece about The Next Day posted on TheRumpus.net, the writer reveals that he asked Bowie to submit a list of words about the album, and was astonished when the rock star agreed to his request. Moody explains that he then used the list, which consisted of 42 words, "to make a few observations about the incredible excellence of The Next Day, as a way of explaining what I think [Bowie is] after, or as a way of collaborating with the ideas in play."
In introducing the main part of the review, Moody writes glowingly of the quality of The Next Day, describing it as "the unlikeliest masterpiece of the recent popular song, the best album by an otherwise retired classic rock artist in many, many years." He then suggests that the album is superior to many of the late-career studio efforts of such other respected artists as Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison and The Who, among others.
Moody goes on to write a series of paragraphs using each word submitted by Bowie as the centerpiece of a commentary relating to his perceptions about The Next Day. Here are the words Bowie sent to the author. You may want to grab a dictionary for some of them:
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