Fans react to Bowie's epic new 10-minute single
Andrew Trendell
10:27 20th November 2015

Last night saw David Bowie end the usually painful wait between albums and drop one of the best songs of 2015 with his epic new 10-minute long single 'Blackstar' - check it out below. 

The title track from the 'Heroes' and 'Life On Mars' star's upcoming 25th album (which has been confirmed for release on 8 January 2016 to mark his 69th birthday) arrived last night ahead of the premiere of Sky Atlantic's new drama, The Last Panthers - which the song features as the soundtrack. 

'Blackstar' is an epic and sprawling mini-Odyssey, taking in some late Radiohead era-esque skittering bands before going on an otherworldly journey of post-rock, jazz and ambience - telling the tale of a false prophet. It's incredible that 25 albums in, he can still find new ground to cover and yet it feels so quintessentially 'Bowie'. The video too, is another visual masterpiece from the Thin White Duke - dark and cinematic short film about a blind messianic character in torment. 

Yesterday also saw Bowie unveil more beautiful photos, artwork and release information about Blackstar.

Watch the video below

Meanwhile, fans of Bowie have taken online to react to the track and video - some are famous, others are not:

  • 20. 'Where Are We Now': Bowie's exquisite comeback track from 2013. Rather than desperately lean on past glories, he artfully references past sounds to weave a sultry and elegiac tapestry to clothe a man who is well aware of his age and place in the world. Romantic and gripping, you find your heart in the back of your throat by the time you reach the moving crooning crescendo of: "As long as there's fire, as long as there's me, as long as there's you"

  • 19. 'The Heart's Filthy Lesson': Bowie goes metal, and does it bloody well. Hunky Dory it ain't - but a searing and terrifying sneer at the filthy and fury of pre-Millennial fear and anxiety.

  • 18. 'Never Get Old': A criminally under-appreciated gem from 2003's Reality, it sounds like Ziggy Stardust evolving, still not giving a shit and feeling totally immortal.

  • 17. 'Fashion': A spiky genre-bending piece of genius where post-punk meets disco to make for an ultimately timeless classic. BEEP BEEP!

  • 16. 'Golden Years': Bowie in the mid to late 70s was one of the most creative and prolific periods of any artists of the 20th Century, and this glorious bubble of pop was nearing the pinnacle as his plastic soul entered a space-age sense of futurism.

  • 15. 'DJ': The lesser-appreciated of the Berlin Trilogy, Lodger is the ultimate voyage of weirdness - with excellent pop songs hidden within warped, experimental sounds. This is the sound of Bowie's warped mind coming to terms with hedonism in the world' metropolises and turning it into something twisted but danceable.

  • 14. 'I'm Afraid Of Americans': Bowie + Nine Inch Nails = terrifying

  • 13. 'TVC15': A love letter to the future, from 1976.

  • 12. 'The Jean Genie': All of Ziggy's honky-tonk swagger that makes up for a whole chapter of rock history. It's also the best song The Rolling Stones never wrote.

  • 11. 'Drive-In Saturday': This? Oh just a 1950s-influenced imagining of the post-apocalyptic year 2033 where we've all forgotten how to reproduce and need to watch old porn films to see how it's done. That's probably the most David Bowie sentence you'll ever read.

  • 10. 'Rebel Rebel': Arguably the greatest guitar riff of all time, and the sound of Bowie at his most filthy and infectious. All together now: "HOT TRAMP - I LOVE YOU SO"

  • 9. 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)': Shimmering in its majesty, this is the single that is far more representative of The Next Day as a whole. While ‘Where Are We Now’ was a stately and pensive moment of introvert reflection, 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight) is a fierce but vibrant classic Bowie rocker in the vein of material from the brilliant Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps).

  • 8. 'Let's Dance': The moment Bowie decided to turn from a rock legend into a stadium-filling pop phenomenon, this Nile Rodgers-aided track is a dancefloor staple and one of the most iconic tracks that either artist would ever write. We challenge you not to lose your mind when you hear that opening 'aaaaah-aaaaaah'.

  • 7. 'Ashes To Ashes': That bassline, that frozen vocal, that synth sound that sounds like a chandelier crashing to the ground. Not only a fine No.1, but a portrait of men becoming junkies and beautiful goodbye to Major Tom and the cloud of shame that dogged Bowie as he left the 1970s.

  • 6. 'Sound And Vision': Crystal clear perfection.

  • 5. 'Changes': A song so universal it's practically written in the stars, and the manifesto for Bowie's chameleon flow through life.

  • 4. 'Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Remix by James Murphy for the DFA)': Clocking in at 10 minutes and 25 seconds, the LCD Soundsystem man's reimagining of The Next Day highlight can only be described as 'epic'. Murphy adds his trademark sense of space and danceability and even incorporates the keyboard line from 'Ashes To Ashes'. It ranks so highly not only due to its excellence, but due to the fact that it proves Bowie can find power and relevance in any age, with any sound.

  • 3. 'Fame': Any track written between Bowie, Carlos Alomar and John Lennon was going to be the stuff of legend, but none could have predicted the diamond-cut precision of this - an acidic tirade against the world of celebrity, hidden in a glorious bubble of pop. Also a sad foreboding of the darkness that would dog Lennon and Bowie.

  • 2. 'Five Years': A song that perfectly encapsulates the chaos and fear of the world being told the end is nigh, but delivered with a beauty and vulnerability. If we were told of Armageddon, we'd put this song on straight away.

  • 1. "Heroes": Not only the greatest Bowie single, but a strong contender for best single of all time. Sonically flawless, and a gut-wrenching message of triumph over adversity, love over war, the destruction of division, and how we can all be extraordinary in our own world - if only for one day.

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