Our beloved cracked actor, who introduced us to larger than life characters like Major Tom, Ziggy Stardust, Halloween Jack and Thin White Duke, leaves us with Blackstar, his 25th studio album—some say his parting gift to us. “Don’t believe for just one second I’m forgetting you,” he assures us on “Dollar Days,” before repeating the cry, “I’m trying to, I’m dying to.” Collaborating with N.Y. jazz-rockers, The Donny McCaslin Quartet, Bowie croons from station to station through the iconic sonic signposts of his career (the art rock, the kraut rock and his ‘90s drum and bass muse all present). He is the UberBowie, and his Blackstar is the monolith.
Score: 10 out of 10
Producer: Tony Visconti