By Haleigh Santilli & Mackenzie Dineen – Arts Editor & 1851 Staff
On January 10, the world lost the incomparable legend who gave us Ziggy Stardust, Major Tom, and many more be- loved stage personas. After a private battle with liver cancer for over a year, David Bowie passed away at the age of 69. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Iman, and two children.
Bowie’s music career spanned more than 50 years, mesmerizing those who listened to his electrifying songs and performances.
Bowie’s final album, “Blackstar” was released two days before his passing, January 8, his 69th birthday. The raw, emotional album was his only to hit number one on the United States Billboard 200 Charts. “Blackstar” also charted number one in Canada, Australia, Italy, and the U.K. The overwhelmingly positive ratings surpass those of his platinum labelled albums “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars, Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps),” “Let’s Dance,” and “Tonight.”
The title track “Blackstar” is the longest on the album, around 10 minutes. At first the song sounds dark and daunting, but with its varying use of saxaphone and trumpet, it becomes more futuristic and poetic. “Lazarus” is one of most defining tracks on the album because it allude to the listener of Bowie’s impending death. The sound of the track is somber, with its saxophone use, and drum background to bring up the beat.
“Blackstar” is, in essence, Bowie’s farewell album. It is composed of experimental art rock and jazz styles, which he never previously explored in depth on his previous pop records. The album features 14 different artists including Maria Schneider, Paul Bateman, and Bob Bharma on various instru- ments. The album is composed of seven tracks, totaling 41 min- utes. It is fitting that in his final album, Bowie surprises yet remains true to his own creativity and imagination. Leaving fans with a goodbye and the hope of life on Mars.