DAVID BOWIE Reality (Columbia/Sony) Rating: NN
Listening to David Bowie's recordings, you always had a sense that he had some secret hotline to the future. It was just a matter of surrounding himself with the right people at the right moment to fully realize his next musical statement. Sometimes everything fell into place, as with The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust, yet there was also the Tin Machine. But even then you got the feeling Bowie understood the stuff was crap. In attempting to sound relevant in 2003 on Reality, he just comes off befuddled and uninspired. How utterly lost must you be to think covering Jonathan Richman's Pablo Picasso straight up is a good idea? The answer could lie in the song Fall Dog Bombs The Moon, but it may take years just to decipher the title.
Maybe it'll all make sense when Large 'N' Live: An Interactive Evening With David Bowie screens at the Paramount IMAX Auditorium, Monday (September 15) at 9 pm. $15.