Review of The Stars (Are Out Tonight) by David Bowie
With the impending release of David Bowie’s first album in 10 years, ‘The Next Day’, a second preview single was released on 26th February – ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’.
The promo was directed by Floria Sigismondi, whose previous Bowie credits include the ‘Little Wonder‘ (1996) and ‘Dead Man Walking‘ (1997) videos. The short film ‘The Stars (Are out Tonight)‘ accompanying David Bowie‘s eponymously titled single released February 26, 2013, features David Bowie and Tilda Swinton as a happily married couple. Their world is disturbed and then re-arranged by the intrusion of a celebrity couple played by Andrej Pejic and Saskia De Brauw – with many shades of Bowie‘s past in stark relief.
Directed by Floria Sigismondi and shot by Jeff Cronenweth, this story at once captures a twenty first century moment in its convergence of age, gender and the normal/celebrity divide.
Its also a very tongue-in-cheek swat at the urban myth that at the age of 14 David Bowie found a means of cloning himself and created Tilda Swinton (see http://tildastardust.tumblr.com/ you of the disbelieving great unwashed!). Both David and Tilda are known for playing androgynous characters and this pervades the video.
The theme of the past meeting the present and musing on the meaning of fame this is a nice video and makes for better listening than the first single released from the album – ‘Where Are We Now’.
It’s great to hear such a strong comeback from Bowie. Prior to the release of the first single last month at the grand age of 55 there had been newspaper articles fretting about his health, and a decade-long silence making fans think that they would never hear from him again. Well, here he is as good as ever and the new album looks like being a belter!
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