David Bowie – Heroes (1977)

AllMusic Review: Repeating the formula of Low’s half-vocal/half-instrumental structure, Heroes develops and strengthens the sonic innovations David Bowie and Brian Eno explored on their first collaboration. The vocal songs are fuller, boasting harder rhythms and deeper layers of sound. Much of the harder-edged sound of Heroes is due to Robert Fripp’s guitar, which provides a muscular foundation for the electronics, especially on the relatively conventional rock songs. Similarly, the instrumentals on Heroes are more detailed, this time showing a more explicit debt to German synth pop and European experimental rock. Essentially, the difference between Low and Heroes lies in the details, but the record is equally challenging and groundbreaking. — Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Track Listing

All tracks are written by David Bowie, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “Beauty and the Beast” 3:32
2. “Joe the Lion” 3:05
3. “‘Heroes'” Bowie, Brian Eno 6:07
4. “Sons of the Silent Age” 3:15
5. “Blackout” 3:50
Total length: 19:49
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “V-2 Schneider” 3:10
2. “Sense of Doubt” 3:57
3. “Moss Garden” Bowie, Eno 5:03
4. “Neuköln” Bowie, Eno 4:34
5. “The Secret Life of Arabia” Bowie, Eno, Carlos Alomar 3:46
Total length: 20:30 (40:19)


Schill Score:  6/10


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