Q - p.1083 stars out of 5
-- "Bowie's natural bumptiousness is clearly back on 'DJ' and 'Boys Keep Swinging'..."
Q - 10/914 Stars
- Excellent - "...a crucial part of rock history..."
Uncut - p.114
"It's an album that captures the sound of a restless, skittering mind clutching at rhythms and stimuli as they float upriver, picking them up and staring them out with cool elan."
This is an Enhanced audio CD which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel: David Bowie (vocals, guitar, piano, Chamberlain, synthesizer); Tony Visconti (guitar, mandolin, background vocals); Adrian Belew (guitar, mandolin); Brian Eno (guitar, trumpet, horn, piano, synthesizer, sound effects); Carlos Alomar (guitar); Simon House (mandolin, violin); Stan (saxophone); Sean Mays (piano); Roger Powell (synthesizer); George Murray (bass); Dennis Davis (percussion).
Recorded at Mountain Studios, Montreaux, Switzerland.
Digitally remastered by Peter Mew and Nigel Reeve (1999, Abbey Road Studios, London, England).
Composer: David Bowie.
Lyricist: David Bowie.
Personnel: David Bowie (vocals, guitar, saxophone, piano, chamberlin, synthesizer, background vocals); David Bowie; Brian Eno (guitar, trumpet, horns, piano, synthesizer, unknown instrument); Reeves Gabrels (guitar); George Murray (bass guitar); Erdal Kizilcay, Erdal Kizilgay (drums); Tony Visconti (guitar, mandolin, background vocals); Adrian Belew (guitar, mandolin); Carlos Alomar (guitar, drums); Simon House (mandolin, violin); Sean Mayes (piano, keyboards); Roger Powell (synthesizer); Dennis Davis (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixers: David Bowie; David Richards .
Audio Remasterers: Nigel Reeve; Peter Mew.
Recording information: Moutain Studios, Montreux, Swit (11/1978-03/1979).
Photographer: Bruce Weber.
LODGER (1979) was third in Bowie's Berlin trilogy, his collaboration with legendary producer/experimentalist Brian Eno, which began with HEROES and LOW (both released in 1977). While those dark records were heavy on alien-sounding instrumentals, LODGER had none, and even contained songs that seemed relatively straightforward. Considered inaccessible at the time, LODGER now sounds like a classic, transitional Bowie album, if only for its rich spirit of experimentation. From the Middle Eastern strains of "Yassassin" to the bizarre wordplay of "African Night Flight," LODGER feels like a journey through strange lands.
Songs like "Boys Keep Swinging" (later covered by ex-Bangle Susanna Hoffs) and "DJ" have the structure of traditional rock songs, but the odd textures, rough edges and dissonant elements make them into something richer and stranger. "Look Back in Anger," with fierce guitar playing by Adrian Belew, became a staple of Bowie's live concerts for years to come. "Red Money" is Bowie's adaptation of Iggy Pop's decadent, futuristic "Sister Midnight" from THE IDIOT. The anthemic "Red Sails" (co-written with Eno) has a majestic sense of forward motion, its glorious crescendo and fadeout providing the record's most spine-tingling moments.